A new Cunarder

Cunard have announced plans to build a new ship, due to enter their fleet in 2022.

Under construction at Fincantieri in Italy, the vessel will be larger than Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth and carry more passengers than any Cunarder currently in service, including flagship Queen Mary 2! The ship will be the 249th vessel to operate for Cunard.

Her introduction into service will mark the first time since January 2000 that Cunard has operated four ships – by this time Cunard’s five star vessels Royal Viking Sun, Sea Goddess 1 and Sea Goddess 2 had all transferred to Seabourn leaving Cunard with just QE2 and Caronia. In the years since, Caronia and QE2 have both retired, while QM2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth have entered service.

What do we know about the new ship?

With the ship expected to enter service in 2022, details are still in their preliminary stages. However so far the details known are:

  • The ship is being built by Fincantieri,
  • She will carry more passengers than the three Queens in the current fleet,
  • She is scheduled to enter service in 2o22,
  • The deisgn is a cruise ship design, similar to that of Holland America’s Koningsdam,
  • It is currently un-named with details of the name to be released sometime before the ship enters service, and
  • Adam D. Tihany has been appointed to design its interiors.

Cunard have said that the new ship will…

“Share her sisters’ iconic livery and red funnels, our new ship will carry up to 3,000 guests. Distinctive Cunard signatures and new experiences await on board and we’re looking forward to sharing the exciting details.”

What do you think:

With news of the new ship we are keen to know your thoughts. Let us know what you think of the artists renditions, as well as what you’d like to see it named on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook by tagging @ChrisCunard or using the hashtag #NewCunarder

Note: Image provided courtesy Cunard and is conceptual only.