Steel Cut For New Cunard Ship
On Friday 11th October 2019 in Naples, Italy, Cunard celebrated the first section of steel being cut for its new luxury cruise ship.
The as-yet-unnamed ship is being built by Fincantineri with the first phase of construction to be carried out at the Castellammare di Stabia shipyard in southern Italy. Should the construction schedule run as planned, the building works will culminate in the ship's delivery to the Monfalcone shipyard in Gorizia ahead of her maiden voyage in 2022.
The ship will be the newest addition to the Cunard fleet since the arrival of Queen Elizabeth in 2010, and will mark the first time the line has had four ships in service since 2000.
Commenting on the steel-cutting ceremony, Cunard’s President Simon Palethorpe 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.``
Speaking on behalf of Fincantieri - who were also responsible for the construction of Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria - the Castellammare Shipyard Director, Gilberto Tobaldi said:
“We are proud to be embarking on this new chapter of Cunard’s history with the start of the build of their newest ship and we look forward to working with Cunard and the Carnival UK teams over the next few months.”
To commemorate the steel-cutting, the first section of metal is to be given to acclaimed sculptor Sam Shendi. Renowned for creating figurative pieces with steel, aluminium and fibreglass, Shendi has been commissioned to create a sculpture which will be displayed on board the new ship for guests to enjoy.
Reservations for the new Cunard ship are set to open next year. For further information, please call our Voyage Consultants on 0800 008 6677.