P & O Cruises’ best-kept secret is out today. Their new ship, a sister for Ventura, is to be called Azura.
The first 650-ton sections of the 3,100-passenger vessel are being laid in dry-dock at the Monfalcone shipyard in north-east Italy, and the ship should be sailing on its maiden voyage in spring 2010.
Although the same size as Ventura, the Azura will not be as family-focussed as its sister. P & O managing director Nigel Esdale says it will be “a haven of tranquility.