qe.jpgThe new Cunard cruise ship Queen Elizabeth takes a step nearer completion as the letters of her famous name are welded onto the bow by a shipyard worker in Italy.
The 90,400-ton ship, currently under construction at the Fincantieri yard near Trieste, will be floated out of dry dock early in 2010 and will make her maiden voyage in October after a lavish naming ceremony in Southampton.
Cunard president and managing director Peter Shanks said: “It is an honour for any ship to bear the name Queen Elizabeth, and as I saw the famous name being welded to the bow, I was overcome by the historical significance. A milestone such as this only continues to build on the already wide anticipation of the introduction of our new Cunarder.”