P&O Cruises have announced plans for their largest ever ship, which will also be the largest ship ever built specifically for the British cruise market. The 141,000 tonne, as-yet-unnamed vessel, will carry 3,611 passengers and will be built in the Fincantieri shipyard, with March 2015 pencilled in for the launch.
The new vessel is being built by the same shipyard as Azura and Ventura and will be decked out specifically with British cruisers in mind, offering a stylish and innovative new design and an unprecedented number of passenger facilities. The ship is ushering in an exciting new era for P&O Cruises, though we can still expect the ship to bear many of the line's classic and iconic features. The cost is approximately €155,000 per lower birth, with the ship's specific details and innovations expected at a later date.
P&O Cruises' Managing Director Carol Marlow said, "This next-generation ship will deliver the ultimate P&O Cruises experience, with 'sophisticated wows' and new features to attract thousands of newcomers to our brand, and equally to resonate with existing P&O Cruises passengers by giving them the 'P&O-ness' they recognise and love. She will offer 'the best of the best,' combining the favourite classic features of Oriana and Aurora, the choice and variety of Azura and Ventura, and a host of new ideas and concepts which together will deliver to our passengers the holiday of a lifetime, every time they travel with us."
Micky Arison, Carnival Corporation & plc's Chairman and CEO commented, "P&O Cruises is Britain's number one cruise operator, and is synonymous with high quality holidays that celebrate its rich British heritage. The UK continues to be a key growth market and innovative vessels such as this new P&O Cruises ship — targeted specifically to British clientele — underscore our commitment to leading the expansion of this important cruise region. With a progression of highly successful new ships introduced over the last 15 years, P&O Cruises is uniquely experienced in designing vessels to meet the specific needs and aspirations of British passengers. This newly ordered ship will underline P&O Cruises' position as Britain's favourite cruise line."
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Written by Charlie Hamilton-Beaufort