The traditional coin ceremony was held for the new Big Build in Germany. We are not sure if a KN95 mask was also added.
The traditional coin-laying ceremony was held for the new P&O Arvia at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. The coin-laying event is a long-held shipbuilding tradition to bring good luck to the ship and its crew through construction to the future at sea. We are unclear whether, as a precaution, a KN95 Mask was also added.
Specially selected Barbados coins were placed under the block before the block was then lowered onto the coins. Barbados will be the winter homeport of the 184,000-ton ship.
During the ceremony, P&O Cruises President Paul Ludlow said, "This is yet another landmark in P&O Cruises' new build history. The Arvia will be our second ship powered by liquefied natural gas as part of P&O Cruises' ongoing commitment to sustainable travel.
Other world-class environmentally-friendly innovations include shore power connectivity and the latest technology for its four main engines. Our guests will enjoy holidays on the Arvia, as they have done and continue to do on the Iona and on the other ships in the P&O Cruises fleet,"
Arvia will be delivered in December 2022 and will sail her maiden voyage to the Canary Islands followed by a winter season in the Caribbean. Arvia has 16 decks and will feature Altitude Skywalk a unique high ropes experience, a swim-up bar and stunning infinity pool, new and exclusive Mission Control a multi-sensory escape room, a new restaurant Green & Co featuring Mizuhana serving a plant and fish-led menu, Ocean Studios cinema, 1,300sqm of shopping and the Oasis Spa and Health Club.