Cunard celebrated the steel-cutting ceremony for its new ship, scheduled to join the fleet in 2022. Fincantieri – which previously delivered Cunard’s Queen Victoria in 2007 and Queen Elizabeth in 2010 – will house and construct the first section of the new ship. Bookings will open in 2020.
“After years of planning and design, we are thrilled to see the building process begin for our newest ship,” said Josh Leibowitz, senior vice president of Cunard North America. “The new ship will be the fourth in our fleet, taking inspiration from our past, integrating the Cunard spirit with exciting new concepts and ideas that will provide a uniquely luxurious travel experience for our guests.”
Sculptor Sam Shendi, who is known for using industrial metal, steel, stainless steel, aluminium and fibreglass in his work, has been commissioned to craft a sculpture from the first piece of metal cut from the new ship. The artwork will feature on board the ship when it sails.
“I’m really looking forward to working with the Cunard team and to be given the challenge of creating a sculpture from the first piece of steel cut for their new ship is such a unique opportunity,” said Shendi. “It would be exciting for any artist to be part of such a long history and know that their artwork will travel the world on the ship connecting guests from all corners of the globe.”
Creative director and designer Adam D Tihany will work alongside Fincantieri on the ship’s features, as well as with designers Simon Rawlings of David Collins Studio, Terry McGillicuddy of Richmond International and Sybille de Margerie of Sybille de Margerie Paris.
Cunard released a video charting the progress made by the design team on the new ship over the past two years, which can be seen below.