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Cunard Launches Newest Cruise Ship “Queen Elizabeth” at Italian Shipyard

Cruise line operator Cunard has launched its newest ship during a special “float out” ceremony last week.

PRLog - Jan. 21, 2010 - BISHOP’S STORTFORD, U.K. -- Cruise line operator Cunard has launched its newest ship during a special “float out” ceremony last week.

The Queen Elizabeth was unveiled at shipbuilder Fincantieri’s Italian shipyard at Monfalcone on Tuesday (5/1). The ceremony also included the tradition of welding a set of three beneath the ship’s mast in order to bring good luck.

The new Queen Elizabeth ship weighs over 90,000 tons and has a total capacity of 2092. Amongst the vessel’s features and facilities are the Garden Lounge, inspired by the conservatories at the Kew Gardens in London, and the Games Deck, where guests can participate in a number of traditional 1930s activities, including bowls, croquet and paddle tennis.

Cunard’s president and managing director Peter Shanks said: “Of our 170 years of history there has been an ‘Elizabeth’ in the fleet, and this ship – the second largest Cunarder ever built – will take the name far into the 21st century.”

The Queen Elizabeth will sail on its maiden voyage from its homeport Southampton in October this year. The ship will sail a number of Mediterranean and Caribbean cruises, before departing on her first world cruise in January 2011, and meeting up with its sister ships, the Queen Victoria and the Queen Mary 2, in New York shortly afterwards.

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