In 2022, Cunard Cruise Line will debut its first new ship since 2010 — and it’s planned to be the luxury line’s largest.
Cunard, part of Doral-based Carnival Corp., announced plans for its fourth ship Monday. The new addition will also mark the first time in almost 20 years that the 178-year-old company has four ships sailing at once.
The yet-unnamed new ship will register at 113,000 gross tons with space for about 3,000 passengers, making it substantially larger than its three sister ships, which each carry 2,000 to 2,700 passengers. Cunard has signed a memorandum of agreement with shipbuilding giant Fincantieri in Italy to build the vessel.
The last time Cunard added a new ship was in 2010 with the arrival of the 2,068-passenger Queen Elizabeth. But the line has been growing in recent years. Last summer, Cunard completed a massive $132 million renovation to its Queen Mary 2 ship that included transforming the interior public spaces and adding new staterooms to the ship, built in 2004.