Carnival Corporation Announces a Vessel in the Making


P&O Cruises' New Ship // (c) 2011 P&O Cruises

Carnival Corporation & plc has contracted with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri to construct a 141,000-ton cruise ship for its P&O Cruises brand. The 3,611-passenger vessel is scheduled to enter service in March 2015.

The ship will not only be the largest in the P&O Cruises fleet, but the largest cruise ship built specifically for the British market. It will be built at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone yard with an all-in cost of approximately $223,340 per lower berth.

“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 recognize and live,” said P&O Cruises Managing Director Carol Marlow.

Carnival Corporation & plc intends to construct two to three ships per year, making this 141,000-ton vessel its first ship delivery for 2015.