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Cunard to expand fleet by adding super cruise ship

Cunard new boatThe owners of Cunard Line have released a news update saying an additional cruise ship will be joining the fleet in five years time. The heritage cruise line will expand its current fleet of three by a third when the new vessel sails from the Fincantieri Shipyard in Italy in 2022.

According to Carnival Corporation, Cunard’s parent company, the as yet unnamed vessel will be built for a capacity of 3,000 guests. At 113,000 tonnes, the new cruiser will weigh less than Cunard’s biggest ship but be able to accommodate an extra 300 passengers.

The Queen Mary 2 has a gross tonnage of 151,400 tonnes and is Cunard’s oldest vessel as well as its biggest. The other two ships in the mini-fleet are the Queen Victoria and the Queen Elizabeth. These two ships made their maiden voyages in 2007 and 2010 respectively.

A look at the history books reveals the new vessel will be Cunard’s 249th ship since its founding in 1839. Once the vessel is operational it will be the first time in almost two decades the cruise company has had more than three ships afloat at one time.

Although Cunard’s emphasis nowadays is luxury cruises, the Queen Mary 2 is the only cruise ship to offer regular transatlantic voyages. The Queen Mary 2 sails between Southampton and New York, a route Cunard first launched back in 1847.

Like all of Cunard’s cruises, transatlantic passengers are pampered every inch of the way. The likes of champagne teas, Ayurveda and Thai wellness treatments at the Canyon Ranch SpaClub and glitzy live shows at the Royal Court Theatre are signature Cunard experiences aboard the Queen Mary 2.

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