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Cunard Enables Shore Power Capability Across the Fleet

Cunard Enables Shore Power Capability Across the Fleet

Cunard has achieved a groundbreaking sustainability milestone as the brand’s entire fleet now has the capability to connect to shore power.

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With the installation of shore power technology on Queen Elizabeth, all three Cunard ships—Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria, and Queen Elizabeth—now can plug into shore power in ports where it’s available. The technology will also be installed on the line’s newest ship, Queen Anne, ahead of her maiden voyage in May 2024.

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Shore power technology allows docked ships to connect directly to a specifically designed land-based source. It allows cruise ships to turn off their onboard engines and run on electricity provided from the local electrical grid, minimizing pollution and noise while in port.

All of Cunard’s ships now can plug into shore power while in port (image courtesy of Cunard)

Many significant ports, notably Queen Mary 2‘s homeport at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal and Queen Anne‘s homeport in Southampton, England, now allow ships to connect to local grids.

“By adopting shore power technology, we are taking a significant step in our ongoing commitment to reducing emissions, minimizing 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,” Katie McAlister, Cunard’s president, said in a press release.

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Carrie Ann Karstunen