Adam D. Tihany Named Creative Director for Cunard’s New Ship

Cunard has appointed famous hospitality designer Adam D. Tihany as the creative director of its upcoming, as-yet-unnamed new cruise ship. Tihany will oversee the entire interior design process for the new ship, which is scheduled to debut in 2022, Cunard said.

The ship will mark the first newbuild in 12 years for Cunard. Design work is well underway for the new ship in preparation for construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy. Following its launch, Cunard will have four ships in service for the first time since 1988.

In a written statement Tihany said that, as a brand, Cunard has a classic image, but with ships that are innovative for the period in which they debut, and that he would try to continue this tradition with the new ship’s design.


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Tihany is a well-known hospitality designer, having worked on hotel projects including The Beverly Hills Hotel, Belmond Hotel Cipriani and The Oberoi New Delhi, as well as restaurant interiors for famous chefs such as Thomas Keller and Heston Blumenthal. Tihany and his design team are currently at work on plans for the new ship’s dining areas, Cunard said.

Tihany has also been quite active in the cruise industry in recent years. He helmed the design for Seabourn’s all-suite Seabourn Encore and Seabourn Ovation, as well as for Holland America Line’s Pinnacle-class ships. He was also named creative director of Costa Cruises’ new liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered cruise ships.

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