Experience ultimate destinations with Cunard’s newest ship, Queen Anne, in 2025. Lounge on pristine beaches under the warm sun of the Canary Islands and the Mediterranean, or visit the captivating Norwegian Fjords. Indulge in a city break by sipping hot chocolate in Bruges, stroll through Hamburg’s cosmopolitan streets, or admire the iconic Cube Houses of Rotterdam. At the end of each day, the elegant Queen Anne awaits with stunning interiors, thoughtful details, and a space for every mood. It’s the perfect address at sea for your next adventure.
When Queen Anne sets sail in early 2024, she will become the first new build for the iconic cruise line in more than 12 years. Her debut will also mark the first time Cunard have had four ships in simultaneous service since 1999, as she joins the ‘Three Queens’ Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria at sea.
Queen Anne will be the largest in the fleet, with 3,000 passengers set to sample the famous White Star Service on its sailings in destinations that are still to be revealed. Details of its design will be released in due course, but the cruise line has suggested that its new arrival will merge modern luxury with signature statement features that guests have come to know and love from Cunard.
An award-winning design team, led by globally-acclaimed Adam D. Tihany, has been enlisted to oversee the interior design on board Queen Anne. A travel industry icon at both land and sea , Tihany has worked on restaurants, resorts, hotels and ships across the globe. Some of his most notable projects include The Beverly Hills Hotel and the Belmond Hotel Cipriani.
Cunard is preparing to welcome Queen Anne to the finest fleet at sea in early 2024. The arrival of their 249th ship extends the cruise line to future generations and marks a celebration of Cunard’s rich heritage, royal history, and refined status. Queen Anne joins a luxury, contemporary fleet which now honours the names of each queen that has reigned over the last millennium.
Watch the latest video, where eminent historian and television presenter Professor Kate Williams explains why Queen Anne was the natural choice for the name of Cunard’s new ship.
Cunard have an exciting announcement surrounding their fourth ship coming next week. They’ll be revealing who has the honour of being named as Queen Anne’s first captain, as well as unveiling a little more about the ship and introducing some of the team behind Queen Anne’s journey so far.
Cunard’s new ship, Queen Anne, will be available to book from May 2022. Keep an eye on this page for all the latest updates.
The arrival of Cunard’s 249th ship, Queen Anne, marks a very special time. Cunard is excited to continue celebrating each and every step of her creation, the most recent of which is known as the Keel Laying. This significant moment in Queen Anne’s history happened on 8 September 2022, at the Fincantieri Marghera shipyard in Venice, Italy.
The historic day was attended by the Fincantieri shipyard team and Carnival leadership team, as well as selected journalists. The guest of honour was the Captain of Queen Anne, Inger Thorhauge. Steeped in tradition, the Keel Laying ceremony is designed to bring luck to a ship during its construction, and to her Captain and crew while she is in service.
The keel of a ship is its main structural element. It’s the backbone that runs from stem to stern, supporting the entire hull. The laying of the keel is in essence the formal recognition of the start of construction, and the ceremony heralds the completion of the intensive design and development stage. To mark the occasion and acknowledge the significance of old and new, a unique Queen Anne coin has been commissioned that now sits alongside an original coin from her namesake’s reign.
Together, these were embedded into the ship by her Captain, the esteemed Inger Thorhauge. As we all watch Queen Anne take shape, we are reminded of the Cunard journey so far.
A journey of more than historic 180 years. A ship inspired by their past and built for the future, Queen Anne represents a sense of excitement for what lies ahead.
As the countdown to one of the most eagerly anticipated ships of the century edges closer, Cunard will be giving sneak peeks of Queen Anne’s progress… from the person who will know her best. Join Captain Inger, Cunard’s first female captain, as she prepares to take the helm of their 249th ship May 2024.
We’ll keep you posted with highlights from light on building milestones, signature installations and everything inbetween! Here from how Queen Anne’s build has entered a very important phase from the Captain herself…
Packing up in my captain’s quarters on board Queen Elizabeth usually means looking forward to a spell of leave ashore. Not this time though! This is because I’ll be joining another ship in what promises to be a true voyage of discovery, a journey unlike any other I have completed in my 25 years with Cunard. And I am delighted to be able to share this exciting adventure with you all.
I’ll soon have a chance to board my (very) new ship Queen Anne, the latest in our fine line and the 249th ship to sail in Cunard colours. This newest Cunarder is being built at the Fincantieri shipyards in Italy, and I’ll be looking forward to spending lots of time at the Marghera site near Venice over the coming months.
It’s a rather special place to build cruise ships! Arriving at the yard by water taxi from the Grand Canal is an experience in itself. From there, I’ll be writing my Captain’s Log, giving readers a unique insight as Queen Anne is brought to life. The sprawling yard at Marghera is a place already steeped in Cunard history. It was here that my former command Queen Victoria was built and delivered to Cunard in 2007. Fincantieri also built my last ship, Queen Elizabeth (at the Monfalcone shipyard).
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After years of careful planning and hard work, everyone at Cunard is so excited that Queen Anne is well and truly on her way. In fact, the days are counting down until her arrival. The countdown begins on an important day in the progression of her build, the float out. This is when the whole ship officially touches water for the very first time. At this ceremony that’s steeped in tradition, Queen Anne received blessings and best wishes as they celebrated the flow of water into the ship’s dry dock. Learn more about the event, and stay in the know about all things Queen Anne, thanks to the one-of-a-kind insights provided by her captain.
Queen Anne’s float out 3 May saw another momentous occasion in the construction of Queen Anne, the float out, when she touched water for the very first time. This happened precisely 365 days before Queen Anne is due to set sail on her maiden voyage to Lisbon, on 3 May 2024. At the float out ceremony, all at Cunard celebrated the flow of water into the ship’s dry dock, and we now find ourselves even more easily picturing life on board their newest ship, as she sails the four corners of the world. Carnival UK President, Sture Myrmell, said: “The float out ceremony marks the ship’s transition from her building dock to where she truly belongs – in the water. Today marks a significant moment for Queen Anne as we recognise the dedication by the master ship builders at Fincantieri to build a ship that reinforces our position as a world-famous luxury brand.”
On Friday 14 April Cunard celebrated another milestone in the construction of Queen Anne, the moment she received her crowning glory – the iconic Cunard red and black funnel. She’s now instantly recognisable as a Cunard Queen, sporting a feature that’s adorned their ships for more than 150 years. A feature that’s become synonymous with Cunard’s rich seafaring heritage and reputation for luxury ocean travel.
This step in her development reminds us that Queen Anne is fast approaching her maiden season in May 2024, which includes enticing locations, from the cultural gems of the Mediterranean to the mystical landscapes of the Norwegian fjords. She’ll be the 249th ship to sail under the Cunard flag, completing an impressive quartet alongside Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria, and Queen Elizabeth. Angus Struthers, Senior Vice President Cunard, said: “We are thrilled to mark this important milestone in the construction of Queen Anne. The installation of the funnel is a significant step in the building process and brings the ship one step closer to joining our fleet. For Cunard, the distinctive red and black funnel is an iconic symbol of our heritage and will be one of Queen Anne’s most recognisable features.”
On 4 July 2023, Cunard celebrated their 183rd birthday. That’s 183 years of film premieres, celebrities and memories made on board Cunard ships! To mark the occasion, they’ve unveiled a new image of Queen Anne that pays homage to their rich history and iconic art deco style illustration posters.
The playful tip of the hat to the past 183 years of Cunard was sketched by Polish artist Dominik Bulka. Established favourite venues like the Golden Lion and brand-new Queen Anne exclusive spaces like the exciting Bright Lights Society show bar are featured in the new image, but there’s plenty of light-hearted references to Cunard’s history to discover too.
Keep an eye out for iconic Cunard bellhops and the founder Sir Samuel Cunard, as well as a few famous faces. Can you spot David Bowie dining with his alter ego in the Britannia Restaurant? Or Elizabeth Taylor taking in the air on a stateroom balcony with a four-legged friend? How about Ed Sheeran tinkling the ivories in the Queens Room? There’s even an affectionate reference to Jimmy the hippo, a very special Cunard guest who made his way from Naples to Chester Zoo on board a Cunard ship in 1963.
If you would like more information on Cunard’s new cruise ship launching in 2024, please call us on 01246 819 819.
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