Cunard to Build 'Queen Elizabeth'



    New liner to enter service in 2010

    VALENCIA, Calif., Oct. 10 /CNW/ - Cunard Line announces that it has
ordered a new 92,000-ton liner, to be named "Queen Elizabeth," scheduled to
enter service in the autumn of 2010.  Cunard, a unit of Carnival Corporation &
plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE:   CUK) signed an agreement with Italian shipbuilder
Fincantieri for the construction of the new 2092-passenger ocean liner, which
will be built at Fincantieri's Monfalcone yard at an all-in cost of
approximately $700 million.  The vessel will be the second largest Cunarder
the company has ever built.
    "Cunard already owns and operates the two most famous ocean liners in the
world, Queen Elizabeth 2 and Queen Mary 2, and a third -- Queen Victoria -- is
due to be named by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, in the presence of HRH The
Prince of Wales, in December of this year," said Carol Marlow, president of
Cunard Line.  "The decision to order another ship for Cunard Line has been
taken as a result of the strong booking response to the new Queen Victoria,
and we are extremely pleased that Cunard will once again become a three-ship
fleet so soon after the departure of the much-celebrated Queen Elizabeth 2 in
November next year.  Furthermore, we are delighted that Her Majesty The Queen
has given her blessing to our calling this new Cunarder 'Queen Elizabeth',
after our first vessel of that name."
    The new ship follows a long line of famous Cunard liners stretching back
to the company's inception as the first operator of a timetabled transatlantic
service 167 years ago.
    "It is a particularly special moment for Fincantieri to have secured a
second order from Cunard at a time when we are nearing the completion of Queen
Victoria," said Mr. Giuseppe Bono, Fincantieri's Chief Executive Officer.
"Cunard is the most famous name in passenger shipping and we are honoured to
have been chosen to build Queen Elizabeth and to continue the tradition and
heritage of that great company."
    Queen Elizabeth will offer the very best of Cunard's values and
traditions, blended with every conceivable modern luxury that today's
discerning travellers expect.  Through her opulent public rooms and impeccable
service, the new ship will reflect the grandeur which has been associated with
Cunard ships since the introduction of the Mauretania in 1907; and from the
outside, her black hull, gleaming white superstructure and distinctive red
funnel will echo the classic characteristics of the company's distinctive
liner heritage.
    Queen Elizabeth will fly the Red Ensign with her home-port Southampton,
as is the case with the other ships in the Cunard fleet.
    The agreement is subject to approval by the board of directors of
Carnival Corporation & plc.  Design details and initial itineraries will be
announced in due course.

    
    About Cunard Line
    
    Cunard Line, operator of the luxury ocean liners Queen Mary 2 and QE2,
has long been synonymous with the quest for new discoveries and the epitome of
British refinement since the company's first paddle-wheeled steamer,
Britannia, crossed the Atlantic in 1840.  Cunard voyages bring together
like-minded travelers who relish the Cunard hallmarks of impeccable White Star
Service(SM), fine dining, sophisticated adventure, the legacy of historic
voyages and transatlantic travel.  Queen Victoria joins the fleet in December
2007.
    Cunard Line is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines.  The
exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line,
Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises and The Yachts of Seabourn.  Sharing a passion
to please each guest, and a commitment to quality and value, member lines
appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets.  Together they offer
exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable
destinations.

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For further information:

For further information: Chris Hodek, +1-661-753-1544,
chodek@cunard.com, or Jackie Chase, +1-661-753-1035, jchase@cunard.com, or
Brian O'Connor, +1-661-753-1060, boconnor@cunard.com, all of Cunard Line; or
Caroline Klein of Redpoint Marketing PR, +1-212-229-0119,
klein@redpointpr.com, for Cunard Line

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