‘Queen Anne’ joins Cunard fleet

2024-04-29T17:39:26+00:00 April 29th, 2024|Ships|

On 19th April Cunard’s latest vessel, ‘Queen Anne’, officially joined the British owner’s fleet.

A delivery ceremony was held at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera (Venice), in the presence of the Minister of Enterprise and Made in Italy, Adolfo Urso and the Italian Minister for Relations with Parliament, Luca Ciriani.

‘Queen Anne’, the 249th Cunard vessel and the third built by Fincantieri, sailed for Southampton, where she was due to arrive on 27th April, before her seven-night maiden voyage to Lisbon on 3rd May.

Her design was rooted in tradition, craftsmanship, style, storytelling and innovation, Fincantieri said. Her 114,000 gt is spread over 14 decks with a capacity to accommodate 3,000 guests on board.

Cunard had already announced a series of collaborations for ‘Queen Anne’, including Le Gavroche at Sea dining experiences curated by Michel Roux, wellness packages developed by beauty experts at Harper’s Bazaar UK and exclusive screenings by the British Film Institute in the Pavilion.

She also boasts the widest selection of fitness, beauty, spa and spa facilities with a Mareel Wellness & Beauty offering.

Katie McAlister, Cunard President, said: “We are thrilled to add ‘Queen Anne’ to our fleet, making up an exceptional quartet alongside ‘Queen Mary 2’, ‘Queen Elizabeth’ and ‘Queen Victoria’.

“For the first time since 1999, Cunard will see four ships in service at the same time. We are currently preparing to welcome guests for the maiden voyage on 3rd May, which will be followed by another historic one, the British Isles Festival Voyage, which will also include another key moment, the naming ceremony on 3rd June in Liverpool,” she said.

Pierroberto Folgiero, Fincantieri CEO and General Manager, added: “We are happy and proud to deliver ‘Queen Anne’ to Cunard, a pioneer in the world of luxury cruising, known for setting new standards for ocean travel for over 180 years.

“This beautiful and iconic ship is a testament to the long-standing collaboration between our two companies, underlining our shared commitment to excellence and tradition in the shipbuilding industry.

“‘Queen Anne’, as well as ‘Queen Victoria’ and ‘Queen Elizabeth’, the other two ships we have built for Cunard, proudly bears the Fincantieri signature and fully embodies our great experience, reliability and mastery in the art of shipbuilding.

“Building a cruise ship for such an illustrious owner not only reconnects us to our roots, but projects us into the future determined to combine tradition and innovation. Fincantieri thus confirms its leadership in the cruise ship construction sector, a fundamental pillar of our Business Plan,” he said.