City's latest cruise ship to be named Azura

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Shipping & Heritage Reporter

Southampton's latest luxury cruise ship is to be called Azura and will be one of the biggest vessels ever built solely for British passengers.

Owners, P&O Cruises' revealed the name as construction work on the vessel began with a keel-laying ceremony at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy today.

Azura will be able to accommodate up to 3,100 guests over 15 passenger decks featuring 11 restaurants, a shopping complex of five boutiques, four swimming pools, a wide variety of bars and lounges and 900 private balconies.

The new ship, which will take to the water for the first time in summer, 2009 when she is floated out of the dry dock before she is officially hand-over to P&O Cruises the following year.

The keel-laying involved the placement in the dry dock of one section of the ship's hull made up of six pre-manufactured blocks which are already fitted with piping and other internal structures.

P&O Cruises managing director, Nigel Esdale, said: "Evoking images of the ocean and capturing the thrill of cruise travel, the name Azura is very fitting for this most sophisticated of superliners."

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11:32am Mon 27 Oct 08

hulla baloo says...

'Southampton's latest luxury cruise ship'

Bit tenuous,considering it is being built in Finland by an American/British/Pan
amanian company, and no doubt staffed mainly by non British.
'Southampton's latest luxury cruise ship' Bit tenuous,considering it is being built in Finland by an American/British/Pan amanian company, and no doubt staffed mainly by non British. hulla baloo
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12:40pm Mon 27 Oct 08

mangobean says...

hulla baloo wrote:
'Southampton's latest luxury cruise ship' Bit tenuous,considering it is being built in Finland by an American/British/Pan amanian company, and no doubt staffed mainly by non British.
OMG! When did Italy become part of Finland?

Methinks you are confusing Fincantieri with Aker Yards (who also build in France as well as Finland and other places).
[quote][p][bold]hulla baloo[/bold] wrote: 'Southampton's latest luxury cruise ship' Bit tenuous,considering it is being built in Finland by an American/British/Pan amanian company, and no doubt staffed mainly by non British.[/p][/quote]OMG! When did Italy become part of Finland? Methinks you are confusing Fincantieri with Aker Yards (who also build in France as well as Finland and other places). mangobean
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12:49pm Mon 27 Oct 08

hulla baloo says...

mangobean wrote:
hulla baloo wrote: 'Southampton's latest luxury cruise ship' Bit tenuous,considering it is being built in Finland by an American/British/Pan amanian company, and no doubt staffed mainly by non British.
OMG! When did Italy become part of Finland? Methinks you are confusing Fincantieri with Aker Yards (who also build in France as well as Finland and other places).
My error,must get my eyes tested again.
You are quite correct in saying it is built in Italy, but the meaning of my comment remains the same.
[quote][p][bold]mangobean[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hulla baloo[/bold] wrote: 'Southampton's latest luxury cruise ship' Bit tenuous,considering it is being built in Finland by an American/British/Pan amanian company, and no doubt staffed mainly by non British.[/p][/quote]OMG! When did Italy become part of Finland? Methinks you are confusing Fincantieri with Aker Yards (who also build in France as well as Finland and other places).[/p][/quote]My error,must get my eyes tested again. You are quite correct in saying it is built in Italy, but the meaning of my comment remains the same. hulla baloo
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1:08pm Mon 27 Oct 08

mangobean says...

hulla baloo wrote:
mangobean wrote:
hulla baloo wrote: 'Southampton's latest luxury cruise ship' Bit tenuous,considering it is being built in Finland by an American/British/Pan amanian company, and no doubt staffed mainly by non British.
OMG! When did Italy become part of Finland? Methinks you are confusing Fincantieri with Aker Yards (who also build in France as well as Finland and other places).
My error,must get my eyes tested again. You are quite correct in saying it is built in Italy, but the meaning of my comment remains the same.
Fair enough.

Very little actually fully built in one country any more - unless it's China.
[quote][p][bold]hulla baloo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mangobean[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hulla baloo[/bold] wrote: 'Southampton's latest luxury cruise ship' Bit tenuous,considering it is being built in Finland by an American/British/Pan amanian company, and no doubt staffed mainly by non British.[/p][/quote]OMG! When did Italy become part of Finland? Methinks you are confusing Fincantieri with Aker Yards (who also build in France as well as Finland and other places).[/p][/quote]My error,must get my eyes tested again. You are quite correct in saying it is built in Italy, but the meaning of my comment remains the same.[/p][/quote]Fair enough. Very little actually fully built in one country any more - unless it's China. mangobean
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2:09pm Mon 27 Oct 08

Miles Sway says...

"built solely for British passengers"
At least the Jerries won't be hogging the deckchairs then!
"built solely for British passengers" At least the Jerries won't be hogging the deckchairs then! Miles Sway
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2:14pm Mon 27 Oct 08

southy says...

built mainly by british trademen and people that they train that now live out side the uk
built mainly by british trademen and people that they train that now live out side the uk southy
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2:55pm Mon 27 Oct 08

m1ch43l says...

how long is this one gonna last before it gets taking out of action?
how long is this one gonna last before it gets taking out of action? m1ch43l
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