qe3? cunard lines orders a new ship

QE3

The BBC tells us:

Cunard Lines is to build a 92,000 tonne liner which will be called the Queen Elizabeth.
The ship, which will be based at Southampton, will carry 2,092 passengers and more than 1,000 crew.

Shipping firm Cunard also operates the QE2 liner, which will leave service next year, making this newer vessel the largest of a three-ship fleet.

The decision to build the vessel was prompted by the demand for cruises on Cunard’s new ship Queen Victoria. Read More…

Correction – The BBC has updated the details of the story. Many thanks to Phillip for pointing this out in the comments. Here is the new version of their article:

A shipping company is to build a 92,000 tonne liner which will be called the Queen Elizabeth not the QE3.

The ship, which will be based at Southampton, will carry 2,092 passengers and more than 1,000 crew.

Shipping firm Cunard also operates the QE2 liner, which will leave service next year to become a floating hotel in Dubai from 2009.

The decision to build the vessel was prompted by the demand for cruises on Cunard’s new ship Queen Victoria.