Queen Anne: A New Cunarder

Cunard is building a new ship – Queen Anne – due to enter the fleet in 2023. Under construction at Fincantieri in Italy – and delayed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic – Queen Anne will be larger than Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth and carry more passengers than any Cunarder currently in service, including flagship Queen Mary 2! The ship will be the 249th vessel to operate for Cunard.

Her introduction into service will mark the first time since January 2000 that Cunard has operated four ships as by that time, Cunard’s five star cruise ships Royal Viking Sun, Sea Goddess 1 and Sea Goddess 2 had all transferred to Seabourn leaving Cunard with just QE2 and Caronia.

In the years since, Caronia and QE2 have both retired, while QM2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth entered service.

What do we know about the new Queen?

With the Queen Anne expected to enter service in 2023, the ship building is still in its development stages. However so far the details known are:

  • The ship is being built by Fincantieri,
  • She will carry more passengers than the three Queens in the current fleet,
  • Queen Anne is scheduled to enter service in 2O23,
  • The Queen Anne is a cruise ship design, similar to that of Holland America’s Koningsdam,
  • It was named on 8 February 2022 in a live event broadcast worldwide, and
  • Adam D. Tihany has been appointed to design its interiors.

Cunard have said that the new Queen Anne will…

“Share her sisters’ iconic livery and red funnels, our new ship will carry up to 3,000 guests. Distinctive Cunard signatures and new experiences await on board and we’re looking forward to sharing the exciting details.”

Naming a Cunard Queen

Note: Image provided courtesy Cunard and is conceptual only.