A FINE LINE
ABOUT CUNARD: Cunard is a luxury British cruise line, renowned for creating unforgettable experiences around the world. Cunard has been a leading operator of passenger ships on the North Atlantic, since 1840, celebrating an incredible 183 years of operation. A pioneer in transatlantic journeys for generations, Cunard is world class. The Cunard experience is built on fine dining, hand-selected entertainment and outstanding service. From five-star restaurants and in-suite dining to inspiring guest speakers, the library and film screenings, every detail has been meticulously crafted to make the experience unforgettable. Destinations include Europe, the Caribbean, the Far East and Australia.
There are currently three Cunard ships, Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria and a fourth ship, Queen Anne, will enter service in 2024. This investment is part of the company’s ambitious plans for the future of Cunard globally and will be the first time since 1999 that Cunard will have four ships in simultaneous service.
CUNARD GOES ELECTRIC: On 14 August 2023 Cunard achieved a ground-breaking milestone as the brand attains the capability for its entire fleet to connect to shore power where available when docked.
The successful plugging in of shore power capabilities on all three Cunard ships – Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria, and Queen Elizabeth – comes ahead of new ship Queen Anne launching in May 2024, which will depart on the maiden voyage with the technology already installed.
Shore power technology enables docked ships to connect directly to a specially fitted land-based source, allowing cruise ships to switch off their onboard engines and operate on electricity sourced entirely from the local electrical grid, reducing emissions and noise while at port. The ability for the ships to plug in to local grids already exists at many key ports, including Queen Anne’s homeport of Southampton. As part of the European Union’s Fit for 55 programme, all main ports in the European Union are scheduled to offer ships the ability to connect to shoreside electricity by 2030.
Katie McAlister, President at Cunard, said: “By adopting shore power technology, we are taking a significant step in our ongoing commitment to reducing emissions, minimising our carbon footprint, and fostering healthier port environments. The introduction of shore power technology aligns seamlessly with Cunard’s corporate vision and values, and we are proud to be able to take such a positive step.”