Cunard, Carnival Corporation’s transatlantic specialist, has signed a memorandum of agreement with shipbuilder Fincantieri to build a new ship.
The deal for the next-generation ship still needs to satisfy technical and financial conditions.
According to Fincantieri the new ship will join Cunard’s fleet in 2022.
“We are very pleased to announce a fourth ship for our immensely popular Cunard brand, which is also one of the most legendary brands in the entire vacation industry,” said Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation.
“Cunard offers a fleet of unrivaled vessels and one of the most unique travel experiences in the world, which together create an enchanting and memorable vacation for our guests. While today’s news helps drive Cunard’s overall strategic growth plans, we also look forward to launching this next-generation cruise ship to help meet increasing global demand and entice even more travelers to explore the Cunard experience.”
Donald added: “Fleet enhancement is an important part of our ongoing goal to exceed guest expectations. This includes replacing less efficient ships with more efficient vessels over time as part of our managed capacity growth.”
Simon Palethorpe, senior vice president, Cunard said: “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.”
Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, said: “With this agreement we once more link our company’s name with Cunard’s, a real icon of the cruise market, confirming us as a shipbuilder able to combine tradition and innovation like no one else in the world. It is a lasting journey that, besides the construction of the two authentic ‘queens’ like “Queen Victoria” and “Queen Elizabeth”, stresses the importance of our partnership with Carnival. Bono concluded: “In fact, for this Group we have built 63 ships, representing today almost two-thirds of their fleet, with other 9 to come in the coming years. A cooperation which can be defined as historical, based on relationships of mutual respect and trust.”
According to Fincantieri: “The 113,000 ton ship will carry 3,000 guests and be the 249thto fly the Cunard flag, the first since 2010 when Fincantieri delivered the “Queen Elizabeth”, three years after the “Queen Victoria” was built in 2007. Marking the first time since 1998 that the luxury cruise brand will have four ships in simultaneous service.”