Cunard Line to grow to four cruise ships by 2022

Cunard Line, which sails Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria, will grow its fleet to four ships by 2022.

The cruise line kingdom will have another queen in a few years as Cunard Line will grow to four ships.

Parent Company Carnival Corp. announced the luxury cruise brand that sails the Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth will be getting a fourth ship in its fleet after contracting with Fincantieri shipyards in Italy to deliver it in 2022.


"We are very pleased to announce a fourth ship for our immensely popular Cunard brand, which is also one of the most legendary brands in the entire vacation industry," said Carnival Corp. CEO Arnold Donald in a press release. "Cunard offers a fleet of unrivaled vessels and one of the most unique travel experiences in the world, which together create an enchanting and memorable vacation for our guests. While today's news helps drive Cunard's overall strategic growth plans, we also look forward to launching this next-generation cruise ship to help meet increasing global demand and entice even more travelers to explore the Cunard experience."

This will be the first time since 1998 that Cunard will be back up to four ships. The new yet-to-be-named vessel will be the 249th ship to sail for Cunard, which was founded in 1839.

"With this agreement we once more link our company's name with Cunard's, a real icon of the cruise market, confirming us as shipbuilders able to combine tradition and innovation like no one else in the world," said Fincantieri CEO Giuseppe Bono. "It is a lasting journey that, besides the construction of the two authentic queens like Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth, stresses the importance of our partnership with Carnival Corporation."

Expect more details about the vessel in 2018.

Carnival Corp. is the parent company for nine cruise lines that operate around the world including Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line and Princess Cruises. The company now has 18 ships on order across its brands.

"Fleet enhancement is an important part of our ongoing goal to exceed guest expectations," Donald said. "This includes replacing less efficient ships with more efficient vessels over time as part of our managed capacity growth."