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Keel-laying ceremony held for P&O Cruises’ Arvia

Barbados currency was chosen for the ceremony at Meyer Werft, Papenburg
A coin ceremony for P&O Cruises' second LNG-powered vessel, Arvia, took place at Meyer Werft in conjunction with the keel-laying yesterday.

Specially selected Barbados coins were chosen. The 570-ton keel block measured 11.3 metres long, 42.10 metres wide and 11.81 metres high and had to be lifted by an 800-ton crane.

Next steps are the completion of the block assembly of the aft part of the ship plus further outfitting.

The vessel is scheduled for delivery from Meyer Werft in December.

‘Sunshine ship'

‘[Passengers] will holiday in the Mediterranean in the summer and in the warmth of the Caribbean throughout the winter, as Arvia will be our “sunshine” ship,' said Paul Ludlow, president, P&O Cruises.

‘The coins that are laid under Arvia’s keel today will be the embodiment of that warmth and sun as they are currency from our winter homeport of Barbados, an island which has had a special place in our heart for over 20 years.’

He went on to describe the keel-laying as a ‘landmark’ in P&O Cruises’ new build history and the LNG propulsion as evidence of ongoing commitment to sustainable travel, ‘Other world-class environmentally-friendly innovations include shore power connectivity and the latest technology for its four main engines.'

He concluded, ‘These coins, with the workmanship and skill of everyone gathered today, and so many more, will keep and protect all on board this spectacular ship.’

Maiden season

Arvia’s maiden voyage will be to the Canary Islands, followed by a season of winter sailings in the Caribbean.