Details have been released of P&O's celebrations to mark the firm's 175th anniversary. Seven cruise ships will parade along the Solent.
Exclusive report: Concern is growing in the South's cruise industry as new rival Liverpool welcomes its second ship of passengers ashore.
The Foreign and Commonwealth office has condemned a decision by Argentina to refuse two cruise ships access to its port.
She will be called Britannia, cost £500 million to build and will be the biggest ever cruise ship for Britain. The 141,000 tonne ship is 20% bigger than any existing ship. It will carry 3,600 passengers and is more than 1000 feet long.
But with so many passengers, and ten other ships being based in the region, will they be able to fill her? Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse was given exclusive access to see the work in Italy and to talk to her captain from Sussex.
Captain Paul Brown from Sussex will be the man in charge of the new ship which will have 19 decks. ITV Meridian's Transport Correspondent will have an exclusive report from the shipyard where Britannia is being built on ITV at 6pm tonight.
David Dingle Chief Executive of P&O Cruises said:
Many ships have been called Britannia in the past dating back to the early 1800's. One of the most famous is the former Royal Yacht which is today a tourist attraction near Edinburgh.
– David Dingle, Chief Executive of P&O Cruises
This is great news for the south. Every time a ship pulls into Southampton the local economy gets a £2.5 million boost. From food suppliers to cab drivers this couldn't be better news.
The last major vessel to carry the name was the Royal Yacht which was retied in 1997. It will be the first in a new generation of "green ships" with a new style hull reducing fuel consumption by 20% and the most environmentally friendly in the world.
The 141,000 ton ship will be a major boost for Southampton where she will be based bringing in tens of millions of pounds to the local economy. It will bring to eleven the number of ships based in the port.
The ship will carry 3,600 passengers, she'll be 1,082 feet long and 25,000 tons bigger than any existing British cruise ships. Britannia will enter service in 2015 and cost £350 million
Thousands of construction workers, carpenters, decorators and others are in a race against time to complete 'Royal Princess', the massive new cruise ship for Southampton, ahead of her naming ceremony in June.
The cruise liner will be officially named by Kate, Duchess of Cambridge in Southampton in a fortnight. The liner is due to leave the shipyard in Italy on Friday, heading to Hampshire for the launch ceremony. Our correspondent Mike Pearse reports. The interviewee is the ship's Captain, Tony Draper.
The head of the UK's biggest cruise lines says major safety changes have been made following the Costa Concordia tragedy one year ago on Sunday.
People from the Meridian region were among those working on and travelling as passengers on the ship when it hit rocks in Italy and listed over on its side. Thirty-two people died. The Italian Captain is accused of straying off couse and is facing court action.
David Dingle, CEO of Carnival UK, talks to our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse about the safety changes made since the accident.
He insists the industry has responded and is safe and answers criticism that more needs to be done around the issue of ship stability.
Carnival UK owns shipping lines including Cunard, P&O Cruises and Princess. Measures include more drills for passengers and staff, extra life jackets, fewer visits to the bridge, ships keeping to course and heavy objects being secured.
Work has begun to build the UK's largest ever cruise ship.
The new 141,000 tonne ship is being built in Italy for P&O cruises. It will be launched in spring 2015.
It will take 3,611 passengers. The ship is yet to be named.
The cruise company P & O has announced a day of celebration to be held on Tuesday 3rd July to mark 175 years of the company operating in the South. 'The Grand Event' will see all seven of its ships gather in Southampton ahead of a procession.
Shipping Minister Mike Penning has written to John Denham, Labour MP for Southampton Itchen, to confirm that Liverpool City Council may have to pay a financial penalty for commencing it's port turnaround operations too early.
– Mike Penning MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport.
The fact that Liverpool City Council has now pre-empted the Commission and commenced turnaround before a State Aids decision has been made does leave it open, in the event of a finding of unlawful Aid, to the possibility of financial penalties, including repayment of grants from the European Regional Development Fund. This is however a matter for the Commission."
– Labour MP for Southampton Itchen
I welcome the Minister's confirmation that Liverpool do not have permission to start cruises and may have to pay a penalty. But the Minister should be stepping in himself, not leaving it to Brussels to take action.”