Queen Anne Departs on Maiden Voyage

Queen Anne departs on her maiden voyage to Lisbon as the fourth ship to join the current Cunard cruise line fleet.

Queen Anne Departs on Maiden Voyage

Queen Anne Departs on Maiden Voyage

Cunard’s new ship, Queen Anne, departs on her maiden voyage. This fourth ship to join the Cunard fleet and the 249th to sail under the Cunard flag left her home port of Southampton for the first time on Friday, May 3, 2024.

Queen Anne set sail on her historic seven-night maiden voyage to Lisbon amid a spectacular fireworks display. Just after 9 pm local time, thousands of spectators gathered on the shores to watch the departure from vantage points across the city and along Southampton water.

Queen Anne Departs on Maiden Voyage

Guests on board the 3,000-guest, 113,000-ton ship enjoyed a spectacular sail away party. Other celebrations will continue throughout the voyage, including a special Maiden Gala Evening and performances from tenor Russell Watson.

Cunard’s beautiful new ship is sailing to Lisbon via La Coruna on May 3. Then, she will sail from the Portuguese city of Lisbon on May 7.  She will then depart for a 14-night voyage to the Canary Islands.

Katie McAlister, President of Cunard, said: “Queen Anne’s maiden voyage signals the dawning of a new era in luxury ocean travel and her historic sail away from Southampton was a very special moment for everyone connected with Cunard.  Here in the UK and across the globe, Cunard is famous for our beautiful iconic Queens. With Queen Anne joining our fleet, she marks not just a new icon but the completion of a perfect quartet alongside Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth, and Queen Victoria.”


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Heidi is a physical therapist by profession, cruise enthusiast at heart, and Princess all the time! She is a self-confessed thrill seeker, obsessive planner, and over-packer. She is always looking for the latest and greatest adventures onboard and ashore, enjoys researching top things to do in ports of call, and loves dressing up for formal nights.
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