Queen Elizabeth (so far there's no 3 after the name) will measure 92,000 tons and carry 2,092 passengers -- just this side of Panamax sized, which means it can squeeze through the Panama Canal. The ship will be built by the Italian company Fincantieri (at its Monfalcone yard), with a scheduled launch of autumn 2010.
The announcement today bills the ship as Cunard's second largest -- but it's nowhere near the size of the massive Queen Mary 2. In fact, it's a lot closer, in size and likely style, to the 90,000-ton, 2,014-passenger Queen Victoria. That ship debuts in December in Southampton.
Little detail has been revealed about ship specifics other than the fact that the announcement calls the new Elizabeth a "liner" as opposed to a cruise ship.
As always -- we'll keep you posted.
--by Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor