Captain's Log - September 2023
Our newest ship - Steel cutting
Fincantieri shipyard in Naples, Italy was the setting for this milestone, where the first steel of our new ship, Queen Anne, was cut.
The start of construction on our 249th ship marked an exciting moment in our 180-year history, and was celebrated with a special dinner in Naples after the first steels were cut.
The first section of Queen Anne began construction at Fincantieri’s Castellammare di Stabia shipyard in fall 2019. This shipbuilding group previously delivered Cunard’s popular and world-renowned Queen Victoria in 2007 and Queen Elizabeth in 2010.
Of the occasion, Simon Palethorpe, former Cunard President, said, “After years of planning and design, we are delighted to see building works commence on our newest ship. The 249th Cunarder will be our fourth luxury liner for the 21st century. The new ship is taking inspiration from the successes of our past, integrating the Cunard spirit with exciting new concepts and ideas that will provide a uniquely luxurious travel experience for our guests.”
Mr Gilberto Tobaldi, Castellammare Shipyard Director, Fincantieri added, “We are very proud to be embarking on this next chapter of Cunard’s history with the start of the build of their newest ship and we look forward to working with the Cunard and Carnival UK teams over the next months.”