Keel of Aurora laid

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New cruise vessel for P&O

Papenburg, 15.12.1998 - The first 400-ton block of the new cruise vessel Aurora for P&O, one of the largest shipping companies in the world, was laid down at the MEYER WERFT Shipyard of Papenburg/Germany on Tuesday, 15th December 1998. Gwyn Hughes, managing director of P&O Cruises, laid down a one pounds coin and Bernard Meyer a German one mark coin on the keel blocks before the block was placed into position by the yard´s 600-ton crane. Among the guests were marketing director David Dingle of P&O, managing director Bernard Meyer and other directors of the MEYER WERFT as well as representatives of international tour operators and journalists.

The 76,000-gt cruise vessel Aurora with an overall length of 270.00 meters and a breadth of 32.20 meters will attain a service speed of 24 knots and carry 1,975 passengers. Delivery is scheduled for April 2000. The new super liner is particularly designed for the growing U.K. cruise market. The vessel will be of the most advanced design and equipped with state-of-the-art technology. More than 60% of the outside cabins will have private balconies.

Aurora - Statistics and technical data

Gross tonnage 76,000 tons
Length overall 270 metres
Breadth 32.20 metres
Draught (fully) 7.90 metres
Service speed 24 knots
Propulsion diesel electric
Crew 815
Passengers 1,975 max.
Passenger decks 14
Passenger cabins 934 total