Cunard’s New Ship

Cunard is building a new ship – Queen Anne – due to enter the fleet in early 2024. Under construction at Fincantieri in Italy, the ship was delayed due to the crippling COVID-19 Pandemic, however work is now well underway on the newest member of the Cunard fleet.

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.

Queen Anne Facts

Queen Anne is due to enter service in 2024. The ship building is still underway, however there are many exciting details already being shared by Cunard. These include:

  • The first steel for Queen Anne was cut in 2019,
  • Queen Anne was named on 8 February 2022 in a live event broadcast worldwide,
  • Queen Anne is being built by Fincantieri and the hull was launched on 29 April 2022,
  • When complete Queen Anne will be 113,000 tons, and 322.51m long,
  • The ship is a cruise ship design, similar to that of Holland America’s Koningsdam, however the hull has been modified for Cunard use, and the ship will wear the iconic Cunard colours,
  • Adam D. Tihany has been appointed to design its interiors.
  • Queen Anne will carry more passengers than the Cunard Queens in the current fleet with a full occupancy of 3,000 guests.

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

Did You Know?

Queen Anne’s introduction into service will mark the first time since January 2000 that Cunard has operated four ships. By then, Cunard’s 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 and will be the Queen Anne’s fleet mates.

Note: Images provided courtesy Cunard. Internals are conceptual only.