I love it when I wake up to read exciting news about new ships. And today’s news is exciting, especially for Cunarders.
Cunard announced today that it will add a fourth ship to its fleet. Yet unnamed, the new ship will mark the first time since 1998 that Cunard will have four ships in service at the same time. It has been 12 years since Cunard launched its flagship, Queen Mary 2. Tempus fugit.
All that’s revealed at this time is that the new ship will sport the iconic red funnel and accommodate up to 3,000 guests. Launch date is sometime in 2022.
Closer in, we can expect Cunard to add new itineraries and destinations in 2018 and 2019. With the latest refit of Queen Mary 2 last year, Cunard introduced new bar and dining venues, entertainment offerings, solo staterooms and brand partners. There’s even a Godiva chocolate shop onboard.
Read about life on a Queen Mary 2 transatlantic crossing
“Cunard continues the legacy of our liners with the commissioning of a magnificent new ship. It’s an especially fitting time with the recent 50th Anniversary of the beloved Queen Elizabeth 2 marking the occasion. We are proud to share Cunard’s enduring luxury liner experience with future generations to be enjoyed the world over,” says Josh Leibowitz, Senior Vice President, Cunard, North America.
You can sign up to receive information about the new ship directly from Cunard.
To recap, here’s what we know so far
- The new 113,000 GRT (Gross Registered Tonnage) ship will carry 3,000 guests and will be launched in 2022
- The new cruise ship will be the 249th ship to fly the Cunard flag since the company’s founding in 1839
- Cunard’s first new ship in 12 years, since the launch of Queen Elizabeth in 2010
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