LONDON, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Manpower Software plc, a leading provider of workforce optimisation solutions, is pleased to announce that the new P&O cruise ship, Ventura, will be using MAPS Maritime Suite to provide operational efficiencies across crew scheduling.

Ventura is the latest addition to the P&O Cruise fleet and will launch its service this week in Southampton. The Ventura will set a new standard in 21st century cruising introducing new features, more choice and new experiences for her passengers. Weighing in at 115,000 tonnes, with a 3,600 passenger capacity, it is the largest superliner built for the British market.

MAPS Maritime Suite has been in use in the maritime industry for some time in cruise and shipping lines. It has a proven track record in delivering innovative workforce optimisation solutions to Carnival Corporation cruise brands, including Princess Cruises, Cunard, Ocean Village and P&O Cruises. The solution will allow for effective planning of crew rotations for 1,200 crew and ensure all paperwork for immigration is in order on arrival and departure at ports of call.

Commenting on the announcement, Crispin Jessop, Manpower Software's Account Director for Maritime said: "We are delighted P&O Cruises, who has been a customer since 1999, chose Manpower Software's MAPS Maritime Suite for optimising onboard personnel on Ventura and wish her well for her future maiden voyage."

About Manpower Software

Manpower Software plc, founded in 1991, is a proven world-class provider of strategic workforce optimisation solutions, with an enviable reputation for delivering high quality products and services. Manpower Software focuses on helping organisations manage their staff resources and control operational costs through effective workforce planning, scheduling and analysis. Major solutions include: MAPS Health, MAPS Defence and MAPS Maritime Suites which are used by some of the world's largest and most complex organisations to manage their workforce more effectively, making sure the right people, are in the right place, at the right time. The company is a British public company listed on the UK AIM stock market. It is headquartered in London with the US subsidiary, Manpower Software Inc, based in Miami, Florida. From these locations Manpower Software and its partners are able to deliver first-class service and support to their international client base in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific.

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Manpower Software plc Enquiries: Crispin Jessop Account Director Maritime Tel: +44(0)20-7389-9500 Ciara Matthews Marketing Manager Tel: +44(0)20-7389-9531

Manpower Software plc Enquiries: Crispin Jessop - Account Director - Maritime Tel: +44(0)20-7389-9500,; Ciara Matthews - Marketing Manager, Tel: +44(0)20-7389-9531,