Cunard announces new ship

Cunard has announced it is adding a fourth ship to its fleet, the first new ship in 12 years, which is due to be delivered in 2020.

Cunard Senior Vice President Simon Palethorpe said: “We have only recently marked the 50th anniversary of one of Cunard’s much loved ocean liners, the legendary QE2.

“What better way to celebrate her important role in Cunard’s past than by announcing our commitment to Cunard’s future with the commissioning of a new ship.

“Cunard offers unrivalled luxury ocean experiences and the new ship firmly underpins our plans to continue our growth across international markets.”

The as yet unnamed ship will carry 3,000 passengers and will be built at the Fincantieri shipyard. It will join Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth as the fourth member of the Cunard fleet, the first time since 1998 that the luxury cruise brand will have four ships in simultaneous service.

Alongside an array of new itineraries featuring new destinations and special event voyages for 2018 and 2019, Cunard has also introduced new bar and dining signatures, entertainment offerings and brand partners across the fleet.

Cunard has invested more than £120million refurbishing the flagship Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria.