Cunard Takes Delivery of Newest Cruise Ship Queen Anne

Cunard took delivery of its newest cruise ship, Queen Anne, during a handover ceremony in Venice, Italy last week.

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Cunard officially took delivery of the newest and fourth vessel in its current fleet on Friday, Queen Anne. A handover ceremony took place at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Venice, Italy, where the vessel was constructed.

The event was attended by Italian Minister of Enterprises and Made in Italy, Adolfo Urso, as well as Italian Minister for Relations with Parliament, Luca Ciriani. Katie McAlister, President of Cunard; Paul Ludlow, President of Carnival UK; Pierroberto Folgiero, CEO and Managing Director of Fincantieri; Luigi Matarazzo, General Manager of the Fincantieri Merchant Ships Division; and Marco Lunardi, Fincantieri Shipyard Director, were also in attendance.

Fincantieri delivered Queen Anne to Cunard at the Marghera shipyard in the presence of Minister Urso
Pictured, left to right; Marco Lunardi, Katie McAlister, Luigi Matarazzo, Paul Ludlow
L to R: Marco Lunardi, Katie McAlister, Luigi Matarazzo, and Paul Ludlow (Photo courtesy of Cunard)

Queen Anne is 114,000 gross tons and spans 14 decks. It can hold 3,000 guests. Cunard has previously announced a series of partnerships for the vessel, including Le Gavroche at Sea residencies hosted by two Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux, wellness packages curated by Harper’s Bazaar UK’s beauty experts, and exclusive British Film Institute screenings in The Pavilion. The ship will also feature the widest selection of fitness, beauty, thermal, and spa facilities so far seen on a Cunard ship.

“We are so excited to welcome Queen Anne to our fleet as she completes a remarkable quartet alongside Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth, and Queen Victoria – marking the first time since 1999 that Cunard will have four ships in simultaneous service,” said McAlister.

“We are now fully focused on readying her to welcome guests for her maiden voyage on May 3 before she embarks on a historic British Isles Festival Voyage, including a momentous Naming Ceremony in Cunard’s spiritual home of Liverpool on June 3.”

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(Image courtesy of Cunard)

Queen Anne is now the 249th ship to sail under the Cunard flag and the third vessel for the line built by Fincantieri. She will head to Southampton ahead of her seven-night maiden voyage to Lisbon on May 3rd.


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Sarah has been writing about the cruise industry since 2015, and in that time has taken a dozen cruises and counting. Her favorite onboard activities include trying the casual dining options, spending time in the spa’s thermal suite, and attending the love & marriage show. You can keep up with her on Instagram at @IAmSarahJaneB.
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