Wednesday, 1 June 2011

P&O Go From Small to Large!

After welcoming the smallest ship in their fleet - Adonia, last month - P&O Cruises have revealed plans to build their LARGEST-ever ship, a whopping 141,000-tonner (artist's impression, above) for service in 2015. It is quite a contrast after the small-scale of their boutique newcomer but it promises to being in a whole raft of innovation and new features. Here is today's full press release:

P&O Cruises today announced that it will expand its fleet with a 141,000-tonne cruise ship, built by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, scheduled to enter service in March 2015.

The as-yet-unnamed 3,611-passenger vessel will be the largest in the P&O fleet, as well as the largest cruise ship built specifically for the British market. To be built at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone yard, the all-in cost is approximately €155,000 per lower berth. Ushering in an exciting era for P&O, the ship will offer a stylish and innovative new design and an unprecedented number of passenger facilities, along with many of the brand’s classic and iconic features. Specifications and new product innovations will be announced at a later date.

Carnival Corporation & plc’s chairman and CEO Mickey Arison said: “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 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 is uniquely experienced in designing vessels to meet the specific needs and aspirations of British passengers. This newly ordered ship will underline its position as Britain’s favourite cruise line.”

P&O Managing Director Carol Marlow added: “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.”