The cruise firm has announced its second-generation cruise ship is due to be delivered by 2022.

The ship will trump its sister to become the largest cruise ship to be built specifically for the British marketplace – accommodating approximately 5,200 guests.

The UK registered ship will be built by Meyer Werft at its shipyard in Papenburg, Germany and feature the company’s ‘green cruising’ design as one of the first generation of cruise ships to be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) – an advanced low emission fuel.

Paul Ludlow, P&O’s senior vice president, said: “In four years’ time when her sister ship launches, adding an additional 22 per cent capacity, we will see an even greater rise in the popularity of cruising across all demographics and all age ranges including both millennials and generation xers.”

Carnival UK president Josh Weinstein added that its two next generation ships shows ‘tangible evidence of our absolute optimism for future growth.’

Ludlow added: “The first of our new ships will go on sale in September and we will be announcing key elements of the design and build this year. Our P&O Cruises signature features in dining and entertainment will be across all our ships but the space and build of the two new ships allows us to have innovative new experiences to create the most memorable holidays.”

Speaking at the UK Cruise Awards in London last night, Ludlow concluded: “Our vision is to become Britain’s number one holiday choice and we want to thank our agent partners for your continued support – we couldn’t do it without you.”