P&O Cruises Asks Cruise Critic Members to Help Name New Ship

July 10, 2017
P&O Cruises

(10:10 a.m. BST) -- P&O Cruises has launched a competition to name its newest ship -- and "expects great ideas" from Cruise Critic members.

As well seeing the name on the side of the new ship -- which launces in spring 2020 -- the winner will get two VIP tickets to attend the naming ceremony.

To help inspire people to come up with a suitable name, P&O Cruies has enlisted its Food Heroes Eric Lanlard and Olly Smith, along with producer and performer Jonathan Wilkes and Azura godmother and "Strictly Come Dancing" judge Darcey Bussell CBE, to create a series of four short videos

P&O Cruises' senior vice president, Paul Ludlow, said: "Cruise Critic is the recognised expert in cruise, so we expect great ideas from Cruise Critic members!

"This new ship will be the first new launch for P&O Cruises in five years and will play a pivotal role in redefining the brand and broadening our appeal. It is therefore incredibly important that we have a name that reflects the ship’s heritage as well as highlighting the array of new cruising experiences it will offer – something memorable and dignified that reflects its position as the new star in our fleet." 

The 5,200-passenger mega ship, which will become the largest ever built for the U.K. market, is set to dwarf the line's 3,647-passenger, 141,000-ton Britannia that launched in 2015.  

The ship marks the next exciting phase for P&O Cruises, with the vessel set to be powered by the more environmentally-friendly Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) -- a first for the line. 

Ludlow added: "The ship will bring an array of new cruising experiences to guests and attract newcomers to the brand, whilst instantly resonating with forward-thinking P&O Cruises guests, encapsulating the ‘P&O-ness’ they recognise and love. Choice, flexibility and the ability to create individual holiday experiences on board will be at its heart."

The competition launches today and will run until July 31, 2017.

Feeling inspired to come up with a name for P&O Cruises' new ship? We'd love to hear your suggestions in the comments below, and don't forget to click here to enter.

--By Kerry Spencer