Friday, June 08, 2007
The Ventura - the largest British cruise ship - is launched in Monfalcone
Today at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone, there was the launch of the largest cruise ship ever built for the British market: the Ventura. Scheduled for delivery in spring 2008 she is set to become the flagship of P&O Cruises, a brand in the Carnival Group, the world’s leading cruise operator.
Present at the ceremony were: David Dingle, Managing Director of P&O Cruises and Carnival UK, and Enrico Buschi, General Director of Fincantier’s merchant ships business unit.
Godmother to the Ventura was Moira Lumsden, a travel agent for the tour operator Thomas Cook, who was chosen by the ship owner because she sold the largest number of P&O Cruise holidays
The 114,000-ton, 290 metre-long Ventura shares the record with three other ships built for Princess Cruises (also Carnival Group) between 2004 and 2007 as the largest cruise ship built to date by Fincantieri. The ship has a passenger capacity of 3.592, accommodated in 2.180 cabins.
The launch of the Ventura marks further development and strengthening of Fincantieri’s relationship with P&O Cruises, a prestige brand dating back 170 years catering for discriminating customers from the high profile, dynamic British market, which in recent years has been marked by interesting growth margins.
The two companies started working together three years ago when Fincantieri built the 82,000-ton “Arcadia” at Marghera shipyard, until now the fleet’s flagship. In addition, a sister ship to the Ventura is already in Fincantieri’s orderbook, again to be built at Monfalcone, for delivery in spring 2010.
The Ventura will offer a wide range of entertainment, including theatres, swimming pools (one with a retractable roof), shops, a wellness centre, a library, a casinò and a discotheque.
Since 1990 Fincantieri has delivered 41 cruise ships, including 39 for the six brands in the Carnival Group. A further 14 vessels will be built for the American owner at the shipyards of Monfalcone, Marghera and Sestri Ponente within 2011.