The luxury Cunard line will begin taking travellers on the 2,092-passenger vessel in 2010, Miami-based Carnival said yesterday in a statement. Cunard also operates the Queen Mary 2 and will introduce the Queen Victoria in December. The new Queen Elizabeth, at 92,000 tons, will be built by Fincantieri SpA, the Italian state-owned company making the Queen Victoria.More here.
Carnival will pay 500 million euros (S$1 billion) for the new ship from Fincantieri, based in Trieste, Italy. The Italian government said in July it would sell 49 per cent of the shipbuilder in an initial public offering in 2008.