Fincantieri 6274

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CUN4RD Fincantieri 6274.jpg
Cunard Line publicity image for Fincantieri 6274
History
NameTBA
OwnerCarnival Corporation & plc
OperatorCunard Line
OrderedOctober 2019
BuilderFincantieri Monfalcone Shipyard, Italy
CostUS$600 million (approx.)[2]
Yard number6274[1]
IdentificationIMO number9839399[1]
StatusSteel cut
General characteristics
Class and typePinnacle series 4[1] cruise ship
Tonnage113,000 GT
Length322.51 m (1,058.1 ft)[1]
Beam35.60 m (116.8 ft)[1]
Capacity3,000 maximum passengers[1]

Fincantieri 6274 is the yard name[3] for a cruise ship under construction for the Cunard Line. Announced in 2017, the ship will be Cunard's fourth ship in its current fleet and the 249th ship in its history.[4]

While Cunard provided few details, the new vessel will be based on the MS Koningsdam, Holland America Line's Pinnacle Class ship.[5] At 113,000 tons the ship will carry up to 3,000 passengers.[6]

Cunard has not announced an official name for the ship although Queen Anne has appeared in at least one industry publication.[2] Cunard's current fleet consists of RMS Queen Mary 2, MS Queen Victoria, and MS Queen Elizabeth. There is some popular speculation on whether Cunard would continue with the "Queen" naming practice[7] or might return to its 20th century naming convention of "-ia" such as past Cunard ships RMS Aquitania and RMS Mauretania. The latest Cunard vessel to have the "-ia" naming convention was the Caronia in 2004 (Coincidentally, the Queen Victoria has the "-ia" suffix at the end of her name).[8]

In June 2019 Cunard announced the design team for the public spaces.[9] Steel cutting began at Fincantieri’s Castellammare di Stabia shipyard on 11 October 2019.[10] Construction was anticipated to be completed in 2022 with the ship to be delivered at Monfalcone, Gorizia, Italy. In July 2020 Cunard's parent corporation reported to their investors that new ship deliveries scheduled for 2022 and 2023 would be delayed.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Auf Werften bestellte Kreuzfahrtschiffe 2019 (Shipyard ordered cruise ships 2019)". Kreuzfahrthafen Warnemünde. 18 October 2019. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  2. ^ a b "AMEM Communication: Cruise Ships on Order 2016-2027" (PDF). AMEM Library. Austrian Marine Equipment Manufacturers. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  3. ^ "FINCANTIERI MONFALCONE 6274, Cruise Ship, IMO: 9839399". world-ships.com. World Ship Register. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  4. ^ "Carnival Corporation Intends to Build a New Cruise Ship For Cunard". CruiseBe.com. 25 September 2017. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  5. ^ Young, Susan J. (20 November 2017). "What's Next for Cunard's New Ship, Fleet Renovation". TravelAgentCentral. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  6. ^ Machan, Teresa (27 September 2017). "Cunard to launch the biggest cruise ship in its history". UK Telegraph. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  7. ^ "Breaking News: Cunard Add Fourth Ship To Fleet On 50th Anniversary Of QE2". Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  8. ^ "Cruise Industry: Cunard face dilemma in choosing name for fourth ship". Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  9. ^ "Cunard announces design team for new ship". Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  10. ^ "Count down to New Cunard Ship Begins as First Steel is Cut" (PDF) (Press release). London/Trieste: Cunard/Fincantieri. October 11, 2019. Retrieved October 22, 2019.
  11. ^ "Carnival Provides Second Quarter Business Update" (Press release). London: Carnival Corporation. London Stock Exchange. 10 July 2020. Retrieved 15 October 2020.

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