The new Cunard ship to join the fleet will be called Queen Anne, the cruise line announced today. She will join Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth when she becomes the first new Cunard ship in more than a decade. Queen Anne’s capacity will be 3,000 guests and she will be the fourth ship in the Cunard fleet.

More details will be unveiled in due course, but Cunard has revealed that the new ship will share the iconic livery and red funnels that have become synonymous with the cruise line. A number of world-renowned designers have been involved in creating spaces on board Queen Anne, with bold colour tones and striking aesthetics setting her apart from other members of the Cunard fleet.

Cunard engaged with British historian, author and television presenter Kate Williams to decide on the name of the new vessel. She commented: “It is so exciting that the fourth ship of the fleet will be named after Queen Anne. She has a fascinating tale to tell – one of queenship, unity of developing constitutional monarchy, a golden age of the arts. She was an inspiring woman, wildly popular with her people. She should be celebrated. This new ship in the Cunard fleet is the perfect way to do it!”

Carnival UK President Sture Myrmell said: “I am absolutely delighted to welcome Queen Anne, the fourth ship to Cunard’s fleet. This marks a very special moment in Cunard’s 182-year history and showcases Cunard’s exciting global plans for the future, allowing even more guests around the world to set sail with Cunard.

“With design inspired by the past and set for the future, Queen Anne is the perfect way for our guests to rediscover the joy of exploration and travel again. We look forward to sharing more details in the coming weeks and months.”

Queen Anne’s maiden season will be available to book from May 2022, with the ship’s first sailings scheduled for early 2024.