Fincantieri to build a next-generation cruiseship for Cunard
Carnival Corporation signed a memorandum for the iconic luxury brand Fourth of 8 cruiseships ordered by Viking Ocean Cruises was delivered
Fincantieri and Carnival Corporation & plc announced the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MoA) for the construction of 1 next-generation cruiseship for the iconic Cunard, marking the first time since 1998 that the luxury cruise brand will have 4 ships in simultaneous service. The agreement will become operational when all the financial and technical conditions will be satisfied.
She will be built at the Monfalcone yard and join the Cunard’s fleet in 2022. The 113,000 ton ship will carry 3,000 guests and be the 249th to fly the Cunard flag, the first since 2010 when Fincantieri delivered the Queen Elizabeth, three years after the Queen Victoria was built in 2007.
Fincantieri has built 78 cruise ships since 1990 (55 from 2002), 63 of which for Carnival’s different brands, while other 33, including agreements, are currently being designed or built in the Group’s yards, 9 of which for the shipowners of the American group.
Meanwhile the Viking Sun, fourth of 8 cruiseships Viking Ocean Cruises has ordered from Fincantieri, was delivered in Ancona; as its sisterships, the newbuilding is placed in the small cruise ship segment. With 47,800 GT it has 465 cabins with accommodation for 930 passengers with total capacity of 1,400.
The ship has been designed by experienced naval architects and engineers, including an interior design team of London-based SMC Design, and Los Angeles-based Rottet Studios, who transferred a modern design of Scandinavian inspiration, featuring sophisticated elegance but functional, at the mean time.
The first of the series, Viking Star, has been built at the shipyard in Marghera and delivered in 2015, the second and the third, Viking Sea and Viking Sky, took the sea from the shipyard in Ancona in 2016 and 2017. The last four units will be delivered respectively in 2018, 2019, 2021 and 2022.