Master of QM2 Named Commodore
Captain Ronald Warwick, master of Cunard Line's new Queen Mary 2, has been awarded the rank of commodore, the highest position a cruise line can bestow on one of its captains. The announcement was made December 26, 2003, as Queen Mary 2 was welcomed to Southampton - her British home port - for the very first time. "I am pleased to make this appointment, which recognises Ron Warwick's long and distinguished career with this great company," said Pamela Conover, Cunard's president and chief operating officer. Queen Mary 2 is the first ocean liner to be built in over three decades. The 2,620-passenger vessel is the largest (151,400 tons), longest (1,132 feet/345 metres), tallest (236 feet/72 metres), widest (135 feet/41 metres) and most expensive ($800 million) passenger ship ever built.
Cunard Revitalizes Legendary QE2
Cunard Line's Queen Elizabeth 2, the world's most famous ocean liner, has completed an $18 million refurbishment program. The refit took place at Lloyd Werft Shipyard in Bremerhaven, Germany from Nov. 12 to Dec. 11, 1999. From the Grand Lounge and the Queens Room to the renowned restaurants and the Golden Lion Pub, there are new furnishings, draperies, carpeting and woodworking throughout the famous liner. In addition, QE2 added Harrods, the London-based luxury department store, to the shops of its Royal Promenade. "The QE2 is our flagship vessel, she embodies the essence of British heritage and all that is Cunard,'' said Larry Pimentel, president and CEO of Cunard Line and Seabourn Cruise Line.
Details of Cunard Queen Victoria Released
6,000 books. From the outside, it will feature its distinctive black and red livery. persona. rooms, another Cunard exclusive. history.
Cunard Narrows Field To Five
Cunard Line says it has five bids from European shipyards to build the Queen Mary 2, a rare new transatlantic liner that will rank with the world's largest passenger ships upon its completion in 2003. "Some yards are quoting bids in euros, some in D-marks, some in pound sterling," Cunard Line President Larry Pimentel said. Pimentel declined to identify the shipyards in a brief interview after a news conference aboard Cunard's Queen Elizabeth 2 but said all bidders were based in Europe. He also declined to provide details of the bids or finances for the planned Queen Mary 2, a successor with a "wedding cake" profile to the Queen Mary, built in 1936 for Cunard-White Star Line. The company announced plans to build the Queen Mary 2 in November.
Editorial: QM2 Set for Historic Maiden Voyage
The long history of Cunard Line is filled with momentous occasions and it would be difficult to imagine a company with a greater number of legendary ocean liners to call its own. The early "Cunarders" launched the world's first regularly scheduled transatlantic passenger service in the 1840's. The historic "Queens" helped define luxury ocean travel in the 20th century. For almost two hundred years, Cunard has been in the forefront of maritime engineering and innovative technology. But there may be no greater event in Cunard's illustrious history than the arrival, in 2004, of Queen Mary 2. The maiden voyage of Queen Mary 2 in January is the beginning of an entirely new era for Cunard Line…
QM2 to Arrive in NYC
When QE2 arrives in New York on 25 April and berths next to Queen Mary 2 it will be the first time since March 1940 that two Cunard Queens have berthed together in the port. The send-off will include fireworks as both vessels anchor off the Statue of Liberty. During the six-day crossing both vessels will remain within sight of each other – another event not witnessed since September 1967. Both ships will arrive in their home port of Southampton on 1 May. QE2 then heads off to…
Pimentel Steps Down From Top Post At Cunard Line
Carnival Corp. announced the resignation of Larry Pimentel, president and CEO of its Cunard Line Limited unit. Pamela Conover, COO of Cunard, has been given the additional title of president and will replace Pimentel as head of the luxury cruise operator. Both management changes are effective immediately. Pimentel has served at the helm of Cunard Line, which is comprised of both the Cunard and Seabourn cruise brands, since 1998, when the Miami-based combined entity was formed, following Carnival Corp.'s acquisition of Cunard. Prior to that he spent six years as president and COO of Seabourn Cruise Line, formerly based in San Francisco. Pimentel resigned for personal reasons, citing a desire to spend more time with his family.
Carnival Purchases Remainder Of Cunard
Carnival Corp. has exercised its option to purchase the remaining 32 percent minority interest in Cunard Line Ltd. in a deal worth about $205 million. Carnival acquired a 68 percent interest in Cunard Line Ltd. in May 1998. With the purchase of the 32 percent minority interest, Carnival will own 100 percent of Cunard. Under its option, Carnival said it has the right to purchase the minority interest for shares of Carnival common stock. In exercising its option, Carnival also offered the minority shareholders a cash alternative of $39.50 per Carnival share. Cunard Line Ltd. owns two luxury cruise lines - Cunard Line and Seabourn Cruise Line, which together operate eight luxury ships, including the world-renowned Queen Elizabeth 2. According to Carnival Corp.
Fincantieri to Build a Cruise Ship for Cunard
Fincantieri and Carnival Corporation & plc announced today the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MoA) for the construction of one next-generation cruise ship for luxury brand Cunard. The agreement will become operational when all the financial and technical conditions will be satisfied, the shipbuilder said. The ship will be built at the Monfalcone yard and join the Cunard’s fleet in 2022. The 113,000 ton ship will carry 3,000 guests and be the 249th to fly the Cunard flag…
Cunard Honored with Award
Cunard Line was named 'World's Leading Cruise Line', at the 10th Annual World Travel Awards dinner. Alicia Oliphant, Regional Sales Manager for Cunard, is shown here accepting the award from television star, Jesse Martin. Cunard was named for the prestigious award in a poll made up of travel agents from around the world. Attended by 400 top dignitaries and leaders in the travel industry, the World Travel Awards gala was held at New York's Plaza Hotel. Continuing in Cunard's grand tradition…
Cunard's Queen Victoria Floated Out
Special ceremonies at Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard near Venice were held to mark the float out of Cunard's newest Queen, ocean liner Queen Victoria. During the float out, the valves will be opened and the dry-dock flooded for the ship to meet the sea for the first time marking the initial introduction of the new Cunard Queen to the water. This significant occasion marks the beginning of the final construction stages for the $522m sister ship to the lines flagship Queen Mary 2 and grande dame of the seas QE2. Ryan, who will be guest of honour at the event. Maureen joined Cunard in 1963 and is the only known person to have served on all Cunard Queens: Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth, QE2 and Queen Mary 2.
Cunard's Queen Victoria Keel Laying Ceremony Takes Place in Italy
shipyard of Fincantieri near Venice, Italy. liner in the world, and QE2, the most famous ship in the world. the ship's hull. other equipment. The ceremony follows an intensive period of design and development. delivery to Cunard in December 2007. that have become associated with the company's unique heritage. informative talks that suggest a more civilized era of travel. December 11, 2007 -- a voyage that was full within days of being announced. 36 cities in 23 countries. a maiden call for Cunard's new Queen. Lumpur, Mumbai, Dubai, Athens and Barcelona.
Fincantieri to Construct New Liner for British Market
Cunard Line's parent company, Carnival Corporation, has signed a letter of intent with Italian shipyard Fincantieri for the construction of a new 1,968-passenger liner to serve the British market. line's much anticipated Queen Mary 2. year, to play a more significant role in the growing British cruise market. Panamax standards so it can be deployed on a variety of worldwide itineraries. passengers expected to sail in 2002. Pamela Conover, Cunard's president and chief operating officer. inclement weather. uniquely tower 10 decks high on both sides of the vessel. suites offering private balconies. Sterling. passengers in upper-level staterooms. and the ship also will employ the Azipod propulsion, which enhances operating efficiencies and environmental benefits. 668-passenger Caronia.
Queen to Name QM2
Cunard is delighted to confirm that Her Majesty The Queen will name the company's new flagship Queen Mary 2 at a ceremony to take place in Southampton, England, on Thursday, January 8, 2004. Her Majesty will be accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. The launch will be a milestone in British maritime history and will be a major event of worldwide interest. According to Pamela Conover, president of Cunard Line: "This will be an historic occasion in the true sense of the word. The Queen honoured Cunard by launching our current flagship QE2 in 1967, and we are delighted Her Majesty has agreed to do the same for our next transatlantic liner, Queen Mary 2.
Cunard Names New Ship Queen Victoria
Cunard Line will name its new 85,000-ton cruise ship Queen Victoria, in dedication to the British cruise market. The new ship, which is scheduled to enter service in 2005, will be the second largest Cunard ship carrying 1,968 passengers. Together with the current flagship, Queen Elizabeth 2, and Queen Mary 2, the Cunard fleet will include three Queens for the first time. Currently being built at Italy’s Fincantieri shipyard, Queen Victoria will enter service in the company’s 165th anniversary and will operate round-trip Southampton cruises to the Mediterranean, Canaries, Northern Europe as well as cruises to the Caribbean. The vessel will feature a covered wrap-around promenade deck, a forward-facing observation lounge, and a large Lido pool with a retractable magrodome.
Harland And Wolff Jobs At Risk As Cunard Chooses French Yard
More than 1,700 jobs are at risk at the Belfast birthplace of the Titanic after Cunard Line decided to build the Queen Mary II cruise liner at a French shipyard. Cunard, a unit of Carnival Corp., signed a letter of intent to build the Queen Mary II at the Alstom subsidiary Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. The super liner is expected to be launched in 2003. The other shipyard in the running, Harland and Wolff, is a key pillar of Northern Ireland's economy, and previously warned that its 1,745 workers could lose their jobs if the yard did not land the $600 million contract. The 140-year-old shipyard, now majority-owned by Norway's Fred Olsen Energy, has just two ship orders left on its books and had pinned hopes of survival on winning the Cunard order.
Cunard Narrows Field For Queen Mary Builder
Reports indicate that Cunard will likely sign the deal to build the world’s largest and most costly cruise ship this week, and it is believed that either France’s Chantiers de l’Atlantique or Northern Ireland’s Harland and Wolff will be beneficiary of the contract to build the ship, which has been estimated at $600 million. Five European shipyards have been in the running for the massive Queen Mary 2. The cruise industry is convening in Miami this week at the annual Seatrade Cruise Shipping event, and the table seems perfectly set for meetings – which would include Micky Arison, chairman of Cunard parent Carnival Corp. – for the historic announcement.
Cunard Narrows Field To Five
Cunard Line says it has five bids from European shipyards to build the Queen Mary 2, a rare new transatlantic liner that will rank with the world's largest passenger ships upon its completion in 2003. Cunard’s president Larry Pimentel was quoted as saying the a letter of intent should be forthcoming in the next few weeks, or month. All of the shipyards bidding are reportedly based in Europe. The original Queen Mary, built in a British shipyard, is now a floating hotel in southern California. Pimentel said at the news conference the Queen Mary 2 would carry 2,500 passengers, would be extremely long and built along sleek lines to speed voyages across the northern Atlantic.
Cunard To Lay Keel for A New Queen
Cunard Line celebrates a milestone tomorrow when a prefabricated section of the keel will be lowered into the building dock of Queen Victoria at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy. The second largest ship ever built by the line is scheduled to enter service in April 2005, 15 months after Queen Mary 2. Both Queen Victoria and Queen Mary 2 will join the most famous ship in the world - Queen Elizabeth 2 - as part of the Cunard fleet. The first ship for Cunard built in Italy, Queen Victoria is being constructed at Fincantieri's Marghera yard near Venice. To date, the company has built more than 7,000 vessels, including many for Cunard's parent Carnival Corp.
Cunard to Build New Queen Elizabeth
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…
Queen Mary 2: Cunard's Answer to Royalty on the Seas
Despite the threat of overcapacity in the cruise shipping industry, newbuilding contracts have remained on a constant high — specifically in the mega ship sector. This new trend, which seems to have taken on a life of its own in the industry, beginning with Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas, has carried over to Cunard, which has hired Chantiers de l’ Atlantique to construct what is set to be the world’s largest ocean liner. Measuring 1,131 ft. 345 m) with a 131 ft. (40 m) beam, the $780 million vessel, according to its designers at Tillberg Design, will exemplify the classic British style that is representative of Cunard. By Regina P.
Queen Mary 2 Celebrates Keel
Cunard Line celebrated a milestone when a prefabricated section of the keel was lowered into the building dock of Queen Mary 2. The new $800-million Cunard flagship will enter service in January 2004 and will be the largest, longest, tallest and most expensive passenger ship ever built. The keel is the lower part of the outer hull and is the base of the ship upon which everything else is built. date of its official ceremony because it is 162 years to the day that its first ship, Britannia, sailed from Liverpool on her maiden voyage to Halifax and Boston. The first liner to be built since the line's Queen Elizabeth 2 entered service in 1969…
Queen Mary 2 Commences Production With First Steel Cut
Pamela Conover, Cunard Line's president and COO, will make history today when she presses the button to start the cutting of the first steel for Queen Mary 2 - the largest, longest, widest, tallest and most expensive passenger ship ever. Queen Mary 2, the first liner to be built in over three decades, will enter service in January 2004 and will be the fastest passenger ship built since QE2 entered service in 1969. Constructed by Chantiers de l'Atlantique in Saint Nazaire, France, birthplace of such famous liners as Normandie, France (now Norway) and Ile de France, the 150,000-ton QM2 is destined to become the benchmark by which all other passenger ships will be judged.