& plc has assigned the newbuild slot for the previously announced 116,000-ton cruise ship to U.K.-based P&O Cruises
. To be built by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, the vessel is scheduled to enter service in spring 2008.
The new 3,100-passenger vessel will become the largest cruise ship specifically
built for British cruise service and continues Carnival's ongoing European expansion strategy. An itinerary for this vessel has not been announced.