Carnival Corporation—the world’s largest cruise company and parent of the Cunard brand—has signed a memorandum of agreement with Fincantieri S.p.A., Italy, to build a new ship that will join the Cunard fleet in 2022.
The as yet unnamed ship will join Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria, and Queen Elizabeth as the fourth member of the Cunard fleet, the first time since 1998 that the luxury cruise brand will have four ships in simultaneous service.
The iconic and unparalleled luxury cruise brand is going from strength to strength, having seen crowds of more than one million people gather in 2015 to celebrate the company’s 175th anniversary. Cunard has subsequently invested over $172 million refurbishing the flagship Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria.
Alongside an array of exciting new itineraries featuring new destinations and special event voyages for 2018 and 2019, Cunard has also continued to evolve the guest experience to meet the needs of the luxury consumer by introducing new bar and dining signatures, entertainment offerings and brand partners across the fleet.
“Cunard continues the legacy of our liners with the commissioning of a magnificent new ship. It’s an especially fitting time with the recent 50th Anniversary of the beloved Queen Elizabeth 2 marking the occasion. We are proud to share Cunard’s enduring luxury liner experience with future generations to be enjoyed the world over," says Josh Leibowitz, Senior Vice President, Cunard, North America.
• The new 113,000 GRT (Gross Registered Tonnage) ship will carry 3,000 guests and will be launched in 2022
• The new cruise ship will be the 249th ship to fly the Cunard flag since the company’s founding in 1839
• Cunard’s first new ship in 12 years, since the launch of Queen Elizabeth in 2010
• The first time since 1998 that the luxury cruise brand will have four ships in simultaneous service
Defining true excellence at sea with over 176 years of legendary voyages, Cunard is renowned for impeccable White Star Service, gourmet dining and world-class entertainment. The three Queens offer luxury on a grand scale in Britannia, Britannia Club, Princess Grill, and Queens Grill accommodation. Cunard is the only line to offer regularly scheduled Transatlantic service and continues the legacy of world cruising which it began in 1922. For more information about Cunard, visit Cunard.com.
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