Cunard has announced that the launch of its new ship, Queen Anne, has been put back due to the “numerous challenges” facing the shipbuilding industry.
The 3,000 passenger ship’s sold-out maiden cruise was due to set sail on January 4, 2024, but has now been put back to May.
The line said that passengers have been automatically been transferred to the new seven-night voyage, which departs from Southampton on May 3, 2024, visiting La Coruña and Lisbon.
“Due in part to unforeseen events that have occurred in recent years, the shipbuilding industry, like other industries, has faced numerous challenges including energy shortages and global supply chain constraints,” said a spokesperson.
“As a result, our new ship Queen Anne will be arriving slightly later than expected.”
Queen Anne’s new maiden season voyages will include sailings from Southampton to the Mediterranean, Scandinavia, the Canary Islands, and the Norwegian fjords.
All voyages will go on sale on December 6, 2022 for Cunard World Club members and on general sale on December 7.