The Steel Cutting is a hugely important ceremony, because it signals the start of the construction process. It confirms that banks and others have signed off and the work force has been engaged. There is no turning back. There may of coarse be turning sideways, because the Arcadia was when at this stage, to be the Queen Victoria and plans changed at Cunard. They wanted the balcony over the and around the ballroom dance floor so the ship went to P&O.

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This ceremony cuts out a shape of the ship, and it has a number given to it S-710 (that will no doubt be a quiz question on ship). So, on the 25th April, 2018, a historic day on many levels, the very first piece of steel was cut for P&O Cruises newest ship, IONA, at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.

Did you know that all P&O ship names end in A, like all Fred Olsen ships start with B?

But with about 35 new ships to be built in the next three of so years, and builds being faster and more efficient as well as bigger. Ships are normally built in under two years now, and as the first Virgin ship was cut in March 2017 we should be hearing some news from them soon. We have estimated millions more cruisers are needed. What does that mean for the industry?

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The next ceremony, the second will be the keel laying ceremony. A coin is welded to commemorate large sections of the bottom of the vessel are placed on blocks and raised from the dock. They used to be gold coins to honour a superstition that the ship would never go broke, and did you know, that the reason sailors wore gold earrings was to honour that superstition of wealth?

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