Cunard’s parent company, Carnival Corporation, has announced that it 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 and for the first time since 1998 Cunard will have four ships in simultaneous service.
“We have only recently marked the 50th anniversary of one of Cunard’s much loved ocean liners, the legendary QE2. What better way to celebrate her important role in Cunard’s past than by announcing our commitment to Cunard’s future with the commissioning of a new ship. Cunard offers unrivalled luxury ocean experiences and the new ship firmly underpins our plans to continue our growth across international markets,” said Simon Palethorpe, Senior Vice President, Cunard.
The new 113,000 GRT (Gross Registered Tonnage) ship will be the 249th ship to fly the Cunard flag, and the cruise line’s first new ship in 12 years. She will carry 3,000 guests and will be launched in 2022.