P&O Cruises celebrated a major milestone today: The first steel was cut for the second vessel of the Excel class, the Arvia.
This is an important step for any ship because it means the design phase is complete and we can start putting the pieces of the puzzle together. Arvia is under construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.
The newest member of the P&O Cruises family is the sister ship to the Iona, which was launched last year. The Arvia is scheduled to depart on her maiden voyage with P&O Cruises in December 2022.
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Both Iona and Arvia are equipped with the same environmentally friendly CNG system as their other sisters Mardi Gras, Costa Smeralda and AIDAnova.
LNG is one of the cleanest propulsion systems available for any type of ship, except those powered by solar or wind energy. LNG completely prevents the emission of nitrogen oxides and soot particles, which significantly reduces pollution at sea and in ports.
Arvia Steel Cutting (Photo courtesy of P&O Cruises)
The Arvia will carry approximately 5,200 passengers; it will also have the same atrium as that installed on Carnival Cruise Line’s brand new Mardi Gras ship. Cruises aboard Arvia go on sale next month.
During the virtual ceremony, Paul Ludlow, president of P&O Cruises, said that while the Arvia will have the same structural design as her sister ship, it will not be a copy.
Arvia Steel Cutting Ceremony (Photo courtesy of P&O Cruises)
While the Iona is built for use in the UK and Northern Europe, the Arvia will focus more on areas with warm climates. We don’t know their itinerary yet, but it seems clear that the Arvia will sail in warm weather.
said Paul Ludlow, president of P&O Cruises:
The cutting of the steel marks an important milestone for the future of P&O Cruises. It’s a future that will include two of the most environmentally innovative ships in the world.
Iona is set to join our fleet this summer, when we return to service. He is eagerly awaited by our staff, crew and of course our guests who are eager to take him out of Southampton for his first season.
Arvia may look different from Jonah because he was built to swim in the sun, but the innate DNA is the same. An example of outstanding design, advanced energy generation and future-oriented know-how. The equipment, technology and interior leave nothing to be desired. Every sheet metal, control panel, cabin, light fixture and seat has been designed and discussed to provide our guests with the best possible experience at work and in life.
As we learned last week, the name Arvia means: of the sea. The shipyard where the vessel is being built has also revealed some technical details about the Arvia and how it will function once launched.
The Arvia will have a total tonnage of just over 184,700 gross tons, while it will be 344.5 meters long and 42 meters wide. It will have 20 decks for passengers and crew, while there will be 2,614 passenger cabins on board.
These cabins seat 5,200 passengers and reach a cruising speed of 21.5 knots with a propulsion power of 37 megawatts and a total power output of 61,760 kW. In case you’re wondering what it will look like: The sister ship Iona is currently moored in the port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, and you can see it up close on the port’s webcams.
frequently asked questions
Where are large cruise ships built?
The largest shipyard in the world is located in Ulsan. The Ulsan shipyard, operated by Hyundai Heavy Industries, produces a new ship worth more than $80 million every week. However, most of the best cruise ships in the world are built by Fincantieri and Meyer Werft.
Where are Carnival cruise ships built?
The Meyer Turku shipyard in Turku, Finland, on Wednesday cut the first steel for the Carnival Cruise Line ship that will be among the 10 largest cruise ships in the world.
What is the largest cruise ship under construction?
Last year, the Symphony of the Seas was named the largest ship: 228,081 gross tons, 1,188 feet long, with room for 6,680 guests and a crew of 2,200. The ship will be built in 2021 at Chantiers de l’Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire, France.
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