& plc announced that it signed a letter of intent for a new 116,000-ton ship for its P&O Cruises brand.
The new vessel, which will have 3,076 lower passenger berths, will be built by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri at its Monfalcone yard, at an estimated all-in cost of â‚¬535 million. The ship is scheduled for delivery in spring 2010. Externally, the vessel will be similar to P&O Cruises Ventura, which is scheduled to enter service in spring 2008, but the new product features and interior design will be announced at a future date.
This latest ship order will
bring the total number of vessels in the P&O Cruises fleet to seven, including five existing ships, as well as the new Ventura, which will be Britainâ€™s largest cruise ship when
it enters service
in April 2008. The new ship will further enhance P&O Cruisesâ€™ reputation as the only company building cruise ships specifically for Britain.
With the announcement, Carnival Corporation & plc has 20 new ships on order, 14 of which are being constructed by Fincantieri.
The building slot at Fincantieri being utilized for this new P&O Cruises vessel will result in a modification to the delivery date of the 130,000-ton newbuild for Carnival Cruise Lines announced in mid-December 2006. The Carnival vessel will now enter service in spring 2011 instead of summer 2010 as previously announced.