Cunard has announced its 249th ship will be called Queen Anne, joining the line’s current fleet of Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth.
Queen Anne’s maiden season will commence in early 2024, and the programme will go on sale this May. When the ship sets sail it will mark the first time since 1999 that Cunard will have had four ships at sea.
The vessel will feature numerous Cunard signature spaces, alongside new dining, culture and entertainment offerings, and it will boast an updated Cunard livery.
A statement from the line added: “The décor will reveal bold colour tones and showcase a striking aesthetic, while in keeping with the renowned timeless Cunard sophistication.”
The ship is named after Queen Anne, who ruled from 1702 to 1714. When researching the monarch the Cunard team worked with British historian, author and television presenter Kate Williams. She explains: “It is so exciting that the fourth ship of the fleet will be named after Queen Anne. She has a fascinating tale to tell – one of queenship, unity of developing constitutional monarchy, a golden age of the arts. She was an inspiring woman, wildly popular with her people. She should be celebrated. This new ship in the Cunard fleet is the perfect way to do it!”
Carnival UK president, Sture Myrmell adds: “I am absolutely delighted to welcome Queen Anne, the fourth ship to Cunard’s fleet. This marks a very special moment in Cunard’s 182-year history and showcases Cunard’s exciting global plans for the future, allowing even more guests around the world to set sail with Cunard.
“With design inspired by the past and set for the future, Queen Anne is the perfect way for our guests to rediscover the joy of exploration and travel again. We look forward to sharing more details in the coming weeks and months.”