Cunard Line and the shipyard Fincantieri celebrated the start of construction for the company’s 249th ship.
The yet-to-be-named Cunarder will be the second largest ship to fly the Cunard flag when she launches in 2022. The 113,000 gross tonne ship will accommodate 3,000 guests.
The first section of the new ship is being constructed at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Castellammare di Stabia, Italy. Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria delivered in 2010 and 2007 were also constructed in Italy by Fincantieri.
Present at the steel cutting ceremony on 11 October 2019 was Simon Palethorpe, President, Cunard,
Simon Palethorpe, President, Cunard said: "After years of planning and design, we are delighted to see building works commence on our newest ship. The 249th Cunarder will be our fourth luxury liner for the 21st century. The new ship is taking inspiration from the successes of our past, integrating the Cunard spirit with exciting new concepts and ideas that will provide a uniquely luxurious travel experience for our guests.”
Mr Gilberto Tobaldi, Shipyard Director, Fincantieri (TBC) said: “We are very proud to be embarking on this next chapter of Cundard’s history with the start of the build of their newest ship and we look forward to working with the Cunard and Carnival UK teams over the next months.”
During the ceremony Cunard also announced the commissioning of a unique sculpture, crafted from the first piece of metal cut for the new ship. Acclaimed Egyptian-born British sculptor Sam Shendi will complete the work, which will be displayed on board the new ship.
Booking for the new Cunard ship are expected to open next year.