P&O Gains Britain's Largest-Ever Ship

September 22, 2005
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.