A laser steel cutting machine at work at the Fincantieri ship yard in Naples, Italy where Cunard will cut the first steel of their new, as yet un-named, ship which will launch in 2022.
The start of construction on the 249th ship of the luxury cruise line, marks an exciting moment in the company’s 179-year history. 
Cunard's fleet includes Queen Mary 2, the world's only ocean liner in service, plus Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria.  
Picture date: Friday October 11, 2019.
Photograph by Christopher Ison ©



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.

Carnival and Cunard Executives begin the steel-cutting ceremony of Cunard's newest ship.

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.”

Sculptor holds the first cut piece of steel from the steel-cutting ceremony of Cunard's latest ship.

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