Carnival Corp. & plc has signed a memorandum of agreement with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri S.p.A. to build a new ship that will fly the cruise line’s luxury Cunard flag. The new vessel will be built at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, and is expected to be completed in 2022.
The as-yet-unnamed ship will become the fourth member of the Cunard fleet, joining the Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth. The completion of the new Cunard ship will mark the first time since 1998 that the brand will have four ships in simultaneous service. Carnival said Cunard will announce additional details about the new ship next year.
“While today’s news helps drive Cunard’s overall strategic growth plans, we also look forward to launching this next-generation cruise ship to help meet increasing global demand and entice even more travelers to explore the Cunard experience,” says Carnival ceo Arnold Donald.
In all, Carnival has 18 news ships planned to be delivered between 2018 and 2020. The company’s portfolio includes Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, P&O Cruises (Australia) and P&O Cruises (UK), as well as Fathom, its immersion and enrichment-experience brand.