CUNARD PLANS "GRANDEST LINER' EVER BUILT

CUNARD PLANS "GRANDEST LINER' EVER BUILT

Cruise company Cunard Line Ltd. announced plans to build a giant superliner, Project Queen Mary, that would ''invoke the spirit of a bygone era of seagoing luxury.''

Cunard Line President Larry Pimentel said the project would lead to the development of ''the grandest and largest liner ever built - the epitome of elegance, style and grace.''''Our goal is nothing less than to create a new golden age of sea travel for those who missed the first,'' he said Monday.

Details of the size, guest capacity and deployment are still under planning, but the company said the concept would develop ''into the next evolution of a true ocean liner'' and not be a substitute for Cunard's top liner, the Queen Elizabeth 2.

Miami-based Carnival Corp. bought Cunard from Kvaerner ASA in April for $500 million and merged it with the Seabourn Cruise Line. Carnival said Kvaerner's Finnish Masa Yards shipyard was involved in planning.