On his way to the Costa naming ceremony where I met him last week, cruise director and blogger John Heald had been visiting his new ship, the Carnival Dream, in Fincantieri’s Monfalcone shipyard near Trieste, Italy.
He posted some pictures of his pride and joy – he’s almost as proud of her as he is of his new baby daughter, Kye – on his latest blog.
But the picture that caught my eye was of P&O’s new 3,100-passenger cruise ship, Azura, under construction in the same yard. Looks like work has been proceeding at a rapid pace since the keel-laying ceremony last November.
I hope he forgives me for borrowing the picture to bring it to you, but it’s the first I have seen.
Azura will be a sister to P&O’s family-oriented Ventura, but with less of the child-friendly features, and is due to set out from Southampton on her maiden voyage next April.