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Cunard orders a new Queen Elizabeth

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On October - 10 - 2007

Queen Victoria going through her sea trial paces Cunard has announced that it will be building a new 92,000-ton vessel at a cost of approximately $750 million. The 2,092–passenger ocean liner will be called Queen Elizabeth and will be the second largest Cunard ship ever built.  The new ship is scheduled to enter service in the autumn of 2010.

Cunard operates two of the most famous cruise ships in the world – Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) and Queen Mary 2 (QM2). The 40-year-old QE2 is set to retire next year where it will become a hotel in Dubai.  Cunard’s newest vessel, Queen Victoria, is set to being service in December of this year.

Carol Marlow, Cunard’s president says the decision to order another ship for Cunard was the result of strong bookings for the new Queen Victoria. Marlow also adds that Her Majesty The Queen has given her blessing to the line calling its new ship ‘Queen Elizabeth’, after their first vessel of that name.

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