Cunard unveils new ship design team

Cunard unveils new ship design team

A ‘world-class’ team of designers has been recruited by Cunard to create the interiors for its new ship.

Design details of the as yet unnamed vessel, due to join the fleet in 2022, are still under wraps.

However, award-winning designers Simon Rawlings, of David Collins Studio; Terry McGillicuddy, Richmond International and Sybille de Margerie of Sybille de Margerie Paris are already working with the creative director, Adam D Tihany, on Cunard’s fourth ship.

The ship is Simon Rawlings’ first project at sea, with responsibility for the atrium, grand lobby, the Queens Grill suites and the main dining room. Past projects have included Kerridge’s Bar and Grill, Corinthia London and The Apartment at The Connaught.

French interior studio, Sybille de Margerie Paris, whose projects have included The Mandarin Oriental Paris and Cheval Blanc in Courchevel, will handle retail spaces, the spa and the flagship Queens Room in its first work on a ship interior.

Richmond International, which counts The Langham London and the award-winning Four Seasons Budapest among its clients, will be responsible for the theatre, new entertainment spaces and the outside deck area.

Cunard president Simon Palethorpe said: “The calibre of talent we have brought together for this project will bring to life our vision of creating a truly world-class ship.

“Working alongside the legendary Adam D Tihany, the team is working hard to ensure that every aspect of our new ship is exciting and forward-looking, yet unmistakably Cunard.”

Tihany added: “We have assembled a dynamic, passionate team of talented creatives whose unique design sensibilities and innate understanding of the Cunard brand will move the dial forward while recapturing the beloved spirit of Cunard travel in this next generation cruise liner.”

The new ship will be the 249th vessel to sail under the Cunard flag and will bring the luxury line’s fleet up to four vessels for the first time since the 1980s, joining flagship Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth.


Red All Over: See the Red Arrows perform onboard with Cunard

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The Red Arrows fly over the Queens in Liverpool

The Red Arrows will fly over Cunard’s three flagships to commemorate their passage to the Isle of Wight

Cunard guests will witness a fabulous formation flying display from the Red Arrows tomorrow (10 August) to mark the three Cunard Queens departing from Southampton.

This will be the first time in Cunard’s history that guests have had such an opportunity.

Guests on board Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria will also be treated to a special commentary while the jets perform.

The Cunard fleet will set sail from Southampton at 5.30pm, heading for the Isle of Wight. They will receive a memorable and unique send-off from the yachtsmen and spectators at Cowes and The Royal Yacht Squadron.

Live in the area and want to see it for yourself? Then shoreside viewing is recommended from Lee-on-the-Solent, East Cowes Esplanade, West Cowes, Stokes Bay and Sea View, Ryde Esplanade (as well as the pier) or Southsea.

The Red Arrows display will start at 7.30pm and will be followed by a smoke fly over the Three Queens at approximately 7.52pm.

In addition to the display, Cunard is hosting five lucky children who won a competition to visit the Three Queens and enjoy a ‘Captain for the Day’ experience.

The children will have a tour of Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth, spending time with Captain and a visit to the Bridge.

They will enjoy lunch on board and finish their day with a trip around all three Queens in a speedboat.

Cunard Unveils New Oceans of Discovery Voyages

Queen Mary 2 docked at Circular Sydney, AustraliaPHOTO: Queen Mary 2 docked at Circular Sydney, Australia. (photo courtesy of PomInOz/iStock Editorial/Getty Images Plus)
Cunard has unveiled its “Oceans of Discovery” voyage program for 2020.

Sailings are scheduled from November 2019 through April 2020 aboard the flagship Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria.

Oceans of Discovery features calls in 48 countries and 123 destinations. Ten maiden calls will take place in Japan, Australia, and Papua New Guinea.

The Oceans of Discovery program is broken down into three categories: World Voyages, Grand Voyages, and Regions of the World.

The World Voyage 2020 will last between 99 and 113 nights aboard Queen Mary 2. Guests can travel round-trip from New York (113 nights) or London (99 nights). The classic east-west voyage to Australia and Asia includes the Mediterranean, Arabian Gulf, Indian Ocean and Southern Africa. Shorter segments are available from one- to- three weeks.

Grand Voyages offer more days at sea, while Regions of the World showcase unique destinations and shore exploration.

“These carefully curated itineraries offer extended time in port, so guests have more time to explore each destination, including many overnight stays featuring two full days of exploration in cities such as Cape Town, Auckland, and Buenos Aires,” said Josh Leibowitz, senior vice president, Cunard North America.

The line has also announced new Grill benefits. Guests in Grills suites on voyages of seven nights or longer will receive free gratuities and free drinks when using the promo code ZED, which is not combinable with other offers.

Bookings for Oceans of Discovery 2020 voyages open for Cunard World Club members at midnight PT March 19, 2018, and open for public bookings at midnight PT March 20, 2018. Full World bookings made by Nov. 30, 2018, will receive benefits that include reduced deposits, onboard credits, and laundry service.