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P&O Cruises become first cruise line to build a new ship specifically for the Australian market

P&O Cruises have just announced the history-making milestone in becoming the first cruise line to build a new ship solely for the Australian market. Weighing in at an incredible 135,500 tonnes and measuring at 323 metres long, this ship will be the largest ever to be based full time here in Australian waters. It will house more than 4,200 passengers in 2,100 guest rooms, which remarkably is double the current capacity of cruise vessels.

This all adds to the huge global announcement made recently when P&O Cruises’ parent company Carnival Corporation signed an agreement with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri to build four new cruise ships for its global feet. Talk about an expansion!

The already 99-deep fleet of Carnival cruise lines will add an extra 17 new ships, which are scheduled for release between 2016 and 2020. Carnival Australia Executive Chairman Ann Sherry and P&O Cruises Australia President Sture Myrmell have said this new venture for Australian cruising is fantastic news for one of the world’s most top preforming cruise markets.

“The much anticipated first new build cruise ship is a huge vote of confidence in the Australian cruise market with much of the 20 per cent year-on-year passenger growth over the past decade driven by P&O Cruises’ dynamic industry leadership,” Ms Sherry said.

The yet to be named cruise ship will launch in 2019, offering itineraries from three to 10 days, with further details about its features revealed in the not to distant future. Rest assured though, it will align very closely to the P&O Cruise brand and reflect the tastes of modern Australia.

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