Cunard’s new cruise liner, the Queen Anne, will make her debut world cruise in 2025.
Historic shipping and cruise company Cunard have announced the new liner will sail from Southampton on 9 January 2025. The 107-night trip will commence with an Atlantic crossing. The Queen Anne will then sail from New York to San Francisco, via Aruba, Guatemala and the Panama Canal.
As the countdown to one of the most eagerly anticipated ships of the century edges closer, we’ll be giving sneak peeks of Queen Anne’s progress… from the person who knows her best.— cunardline (@cunardline) March 7, 2023
Read Captain Inger’s Log here – https://t.co/TE3i3UbYfp pic.twitter.com/48EqTfKxMo
The next segment of the journey from Singapore to Dubai departs March 25 and includes the ancient city of Sigiriya on Sri Lanka. Designers David Collins Studio, Richmond International and Sybille de Margerie, working with Creative Director Adam D. Tihany, have immersed themselves in Cunard’s archives to come up with timeless stylings. Passengers or ‘guests’ can expect spacious quarters with a ‘state room’ feel.
A crew of 1,226 attends to everyone’s needs. Afternoon tea is served in the ornate Queens Room by white-gloved waiters. There are several restaurants including the Princess Grill, and the Britannia Restaurant, whose gold pillars and Art Deco-inspired ceilings call to mind the golden age of travel. If you prefer a more laid-back atmosphere, you’ll find a warm welcome at British-style pub, the Golden Lion, bedecked in red and green leather.
The top deck wellness suite offers yoga and fitness classes, treatment rooms and massages, various saunas, a thermal pool, and a salon for pampering and hairdressing.
Evening entertainment takes the form of a hosted variety show in the Bright Lights Show Bar, whose name recalls Cunard’s pioneering adoption of electric lighting on board the Servia back in 1881.
Captained by Inger Klein Thorhauge, the Queen Anne is Cunard’s 249th ship and is due to enter service in May 2024 for the ship’s maiden voyage to Lisbon via La Coruña on the north west Spanish coast.
Capable of welcoming 3,000-passengers, she joins an illustrious Cunard fleet of three other vessels named for female British monarchs: the Queen Mary 2, the Queen Elizabeth, and the Queen Victoria. She shares their iconic livery and red funnels.
The grand lobbies on board our Queen’s are one of our favourite places to take photos!— cunardline (@cunardline) March 6, 2023
Which Cunard Queen has your favourite grand lobby? Or do you think Queen Anne will be yours? pic.twitter.com/PppNhAmOph
Cunard was founded in 1839 by Samuel Cunard, the son of a carpenter and great-great-great-grandson of a dyer. An astute businessman, he was an early investor in steam technology.
Now part of Carnival, the company experienced setbacks due to COVID-19 protocols, pausing its operations in mid-march 2020, but recorded total annual revenue of $12.17 billion and increased bookings in 2022.