|Carnival Corp. -- which had ordered two new ships from the Italian Fincantieri, but had not determined which cruise line would be the lucky new recipient -- has announced that its U.K.-based P&O Cruises will receive one of them. The ship, at 116,000 tons and carrying 3,100 passengers, is far and away the largest ever to be built for Great Britain.|
Dubbed Ventura, the ship will feature a range of facilities and amenities that includes eight restaurants, five pools, three show lounges, a spa and an expansive family zone with a kids club and pools. More than half of Ventura's cabins will come with balconies.
When Ventura launches in 2008, it will surpass today's biggest U.K.-based ship (and we aren’t including Queen Mary 2 in the equation): the line’s own Arcadia. The 83,000-ton, 1,952-passenger Arcadia, originally destined to serve with Holland America as one of its Zuiderdam-style ships, currently holds the crown in the British market for most contemporary facilities and amenities.
Carnival Corp. has not yet assigned its second 2008 new-build, though rumors speculate that ship may be assigned to Carnival Cruise Lines.