Cunard Line announced
that it has ordered a new 92,000-ton liner, to be named Queen Elizabeth, scheduled to enter service in the autumn of 2010. Cunard, a unit of Carnival Corporation & plc
(NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE CUK) signed an agreement with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri for the construction of the new 2092-passenger ocean liner, which will be built at Fincantieri's Monfalcone yard at an all-in cost of approximately $700m. The vessel will be the second largest Cunarder the company has ever built.
Cunard owns and operates the two most famous ocean liners in the world, Queen Elizabeth 2 and Queen Mary 2. A third - Queen Victoria
- is due to be named by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales
, in December of this year, according to Carol Marl
ow, president of Cunard Line. She indicated that the new order is a result of the strong booking response to the new Queen Victoria.
Queen Elizabeth will fly the Red Ensign with her home-port Southampton
, as is the case with the other ships in the Cunard fleet
The agreement is subject to approval by the board of directors of Carnival Corporation & plc.