A new class cruise is being ordered for British-based Cunard Line, the most iconic cruise line in the world.
Cunard Line will get a new cruise ship thanks to an order agreement between parent company Carnival Corporation and the Italian Fincantieri shipyard. It isn’t often we get to see a new ship for the iconic cruise line which is based in the UK.
Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation, said:
“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.”
“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.”
The new cruise ship will be built at the Fincantieri Monfalcone shipyard in Italy and is expected to be delivered in 2022. No specific ship details were released but from looking at the rendering the design does look similar to ms Koningsdam which is operated by sister brand Holland America Line.
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 shipbuilders 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 Corporation.”
The vessel will be the fourth in the Cunard fleet and cater towards the British cruise market. The yet to be named ship will expand Cunard even further and is expected to bring some new features. We can expect further details on the new addition over the coming months including name, itinerary, features, and stats.