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Monday, October 14, 2019 

Cunard and Fincantieri have celebrated the start of construction on the 249th ship of the 179-year-old cruise line.

The as yet unnamed ship will be the second largest ship to fly the Cunard flag. The first section of the ship is now under construction at Fincantieri’s Castellammare di Stabia yard. The shipbuilding group previously delivered Cunard’s Queen Victoria in 2007 and Queen Elizabeth in 2010.

The steel cutting ceremony is a keystone-event in the life of Cunard’s new ship, marking the commencement of building works that will culminate in its delivery in Monfalcone, Gorizia, Italy, in 2022.

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.”

Gilberto Tobaldi, Shipyard Director, Fincantieri added, “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.”

Cunard used the occasion to announce the commissioning of a sculpture, crafted from the first piece of metal cut for the new ship. Sculptor Sam Shendi will complete the work, which will be displayed on board the ship.

With construction underway, the new ship’s interior designers will work alongside Fincanteri. The ship is set to enter service in 2022

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