Specifications of Queen Anne
|Year built||2024 new ship|
|Builder||Fincantieri (Marghera, Italy)|
|Building cost||EUR 540 million (USD 600 million)|
|Engines (power)||MAK-Caterpillar (50.4 MW / 67588 hp)|
|Propulsion power||28 MW / 37549 hp|
|Speed||22 kn / 41 kph / 25 mph|
|Length (LOA)||323 m / 1060 ft|
|Beam (width)||36 m / 118 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||113000 gt|
|Passengers||2794 - 3353|
|Decks with cabins||8|
|Sister-ships||MS Koningsdam, MS New Statendam, MS Rotterdam (2021)|
|Owner||Carnival Corporation & PLC|
|Operator||Cunard Line Ltd (UK)|
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The 2024-built MS Queen Anne cruise ship is Cunard's newest liner joining the fleet in 2024-Q1. The boat is currently under construction in Italy, at Fincantieri's shipyard in Marghera/Venice. She is scheduled for launch in 2023 and inauguration in 2024 January.
The vessel (IMO number 9839399) will be Bermuda-flagged (MMSI tba) and registered in Hamilton.
Queen Anne is also Cunard Line's 249th vessel, since the company's establishment in 1839. Although Queen Anne is not the fleet's biggest boat by GT tonnage/volume (113000 tons in comparison to the 148500-ton RMS Queen Mary 2) she is the fleet's largest by max passenger capacity (3353 guests + 1225 crew), surpassing also the sisterships Queen Victoria (2007) and Queen Elizabeth (2010).
History - construction and ownership
Cunard Line is a British-American cruise brand, operated by Carnival UK and owned by Carnival Corporation (shipowner). Cunard is headquartered in Southampton (England UK) and is among the world's oldest passenger shipping companies. In 2020, Cunard Line celebrated its 180th anniversary.
Cunard's Queen Anne will have a max passenger capacity of 3000 and 13 passenger decks (of which 8 with staterooms).
The Grand Lobby (3-deck Atrium's lower level) houses a contemporary sculpture (constantly changing by the integrated lighting effect), Lobby Bar, a sweeping staircase.
The Royal Court Theatre (designed by Richmond International) is the ship's 2-deck main show lounge that features premium amphitheatrical seating providing perfect stage views from all the 825 seats.
Cunard's new boat has a total of 15 restaurants, including the signature Britannia Restaurant, Princess Grill Restaurant, Queens Grill Restaurant, Golden Lion Pub.
MS Queen Anne has the fleet's largest wellness complex (spa, gym, beauty salon, thermal suites, spa suites) as well as a new hull livery featuring Cunard's iconic crest and a new font inspired by the classic ocean liners.
- Queens Grill Grand Suites (designed by David Collins Studio) are the fleet's largest and most luxurious accommodations, with a large bedroom, a separate dining room, butler's pantry, walk-in closets, marble bathrooms (with seaviews), fleet's largest balconies.
- Princess Grill Suites (designed by Sybille de Margerie) feature a bar area, textured ceilings, premium carpets (by Corinne Hughes' company Mayberry Carpet & Rug Inc).
- Britannia Balcony cabins have bright bathrooms with walk-in glass showers.
Decks and Cabins
Cunard Queen Anne staterooms (1397 total) include 192 Suites, 744 Balcony (of which 59x Club), 74 Oceanview (of which 22x Deluxe), 348 Inside rooms, in all 28 categories. The ship has 27 wheelchair-accessible/handicap staterooms and no connecting/family cabins or studios (single-occupancy cabins). The largest are the Grand Suites (1240 ft2 / 117 m2, with a 200 ft2 / 19 m2 terrace).
The boat has 13 passenger-accessible decks, of which 9 are with cabins. Passenger staterooms are in the following types: Standard Inside (windowless), Standard Oceanview, Deluxe Oceanview, Britannia Balcony and Britannia Club Balcony (with glass-fronted, step-out balconies) and the rest are Suites in categories Princess (127), Queen (25), Penthouse (34), Master (4), and Grand (2).
Standard for Cunard/complimentary cabin amenities include King-size custom beds (Sealy Cunarder), smart HDTV, phone, electronic safe box (in the closet), mirrored writing desk with chair, mini-refrigerator, tea-coffee-making facilities, hairdryer, bathrobes-slippers, premium brand toiletries (by Penhaligon's), en suite bathroom (wall-mounted toilet, walk-in shower), 24-hour room service, USB charger points and Europe-UK-USA power sockets (220V/110V).
Theoretically, Queen Anne is a classless ship, but passengers are actually separated (like on all Cunard liners) as their onboard dining locations are according to their cabin's category/cruise fares paid.
Traditionally for Cunard's cruise liners, Queen Anne's onboard complimentary main dining room options are four - Britannia Restaurant (for Inside-Outside-Balcony cabin categories), Britannia Club Restaurant (for Britannia Club passengers only), Princess Grill Restaurant (for Princess Grill Suite passengers only), Queens Grill Restaurant (for Queens Grill Suite passengers only). Children's menus are also available. Also cruise price-inclusive is the Lido Restaurant that offers self-service meals including Continental Breakfast cooked breakfasts, fresh-baked pizzas by the slice, seafood (sushi), share boards, desserts.
Alternative options include Mediterranean Restaurant, Pan-Asian Restaurant, Steakhouse at The Verandah (among the specials are Darragh O’Shea Steak, Fruit de Mer Seafood, and The "Beyond Meat" Burger/vegetarian), Wellness Cafe (healthy food and beverage options), as well as alfresco/outdoor dining (barbecue and casual food specialties) and the complimentary Room Service. Grills Suites passengers can make room service orders (for in-cabin dining) from their exclusive MDR restaurants' (Princess Grill / Queens Grill) menus.
At The Golden Lion Pub is offered classic pub fare, ales on tap, craft beers (including 3x ales developed for Cunard by Dark Revolution Brewery - Cunard Black (breakfast stout made with roasted malts, Sumatran coffee, Spanish almonds, Madagascan vanilla), Cunard Red (IPA/India Pale Ale made with robust malts and citrus fruits, served with a hot meal and red wine) and Cunard Gold (classic German pilsner brewed with British malts). Other signature venues to enjoy classic drinks (including Cunard's mocktails Bee-Dazzled, Forbidden Fruit, Cosmopolitan) are the Champagne Lounge, The Commodore Club, The Chart Room, Jin & Fizz Bar, J32 (disco nightclub), Grills Lounge & Bar, Carinthia Lounge, Winter Garden.
Cocoa fans can enjoy Cunard's signature desserts Belgian Chocolate Orange Cake, Dark Rum Truffles, Bakewell Muffins, as well as the popular Pasteis de Nata (Portuguese tarts), Dalmatian doughnuts (doughnut-type Croatian pastries), Belgium chocolate-based sweets.
Afternoon Tea service is complimentary and inclusive of brand teas and gourmet sweets, including Cunard's fresh-made Classic Scones and the red-black Cunard Macaron. The impeccable white-gloved service is marked by premium tableware and linens, display dishes, stylish decorative pieces, live piano performances. While the Traditional Afternoon Tea is complimentary, at additional cost are offered Champagne Afternoon Tea (premium desserts and fresh fruits served with Laurent-Perrier Champagne) and Godiva Chocolate Afternoon Tea (2x cakes and 2x white chocolate scones served with lime marmalade, clotted cream, Tea Forte, Godiva pralines).
Bookings on Cunard Queen Anne cruises will open in May 2022.
On May 4th, Cunard announced that Queen Anne's inaugural cruise season will be based on ex-UK roundtrips and homeporting in Southampton England. The Maiden Voyage (7-night from Southampton to Lisbon/without call ports) departs on January 4, 2023.
The liner's 2024 itinerary program includes 32 seaports (visited on departures from Southampton) in Europe (Mediterranean, Baltic) and the Caribbean (via an ex-UK Transatlantic crossing).
- Between January and March 2024 are scheduled voyages to Iberia and the Canary Islands.
- In January 2024 starts a 35-night roundtrip Transatlantic crossing (UK to the Caribbean) visiting the islands Barbados, St Lucia, St Maarten, St Thomas USVI.
- In March-April 2024 is the 13-night Norwegian Fjords voyage visiting 5 ports in Norway, including Haugesund, Olden, Stavanger.
- Mediterranean roundtrips from Southampton in 2024 visits ports in Italy (Civitavecchia-Rome), Spain (Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca), Portugal (Lisbon), France (Ajaccio Corsica).
- One-way Transatlantic crossings between the UK and Florida USA (Southampton-Fort Lauderdale) are also offered, including a 12-night westbound (with Ponta Delgada Azores) and a 10-night eastbound (with hamilton Bermuda).
Next are listed the ship's 2023 itineraries as departure dates, lengths, themes and booking codes.
- (Jan 4-11) 7-night "Queen Anne Maiden Voyage" (H403) Southampton to Lisbon (overnight), fares started at US$1900 per person (EUR 1825 / GBP 1560) with double occupancy.
- (Jan 11-27) 16-night "The Canary Islands" (H404) Southampton roundtrip
- (Jan 27 - Feb 8) 12-night "Westbound Transatlantic" (H405A) Southampton to Fort Lauderdale
- (Jan 27 - Mar 2) 35-night "Eastern Caribbean" (H405) Southampton roundtrip, prices from US$7800 pp
- (Feb 8-21) 13-night "Caribbean" (H405B) Fort Lauderdale roundtrip
- (Feb 21 - Mar 2) 10-night "Eastbound Transatlantic" (H405C) Fort Lauderdale to Southampton
- (Mar 2-16) 14-night "The Canary Islands" (H406) Southampton roundtrip
- (Mar 16-29) 13-night "Norway And Northern Lights" (H407) Southampton roundtrip
- (Mar 29 - Apr 14) 16-night "Western Mediterranean" (H408) Southampton roundtrip, prices from US$3300 pp
- (Apr 14-26) 12-night "The Fjords" (H409) Southampton roundtrip.
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In September 2017 was officially announced the planned addition of a 4th vessel to Cunard's fleet. The investment (EUR 540 million / USD 600 million) was part of the shipowner's/Carnival Corporation's fleet expansion program, adding newbuilds to the fleets of its subsidiary companies and travel brands AIDA, Costa, Princess, P&O UK.
Cunard's shipbuilding contract (MoA/memorandum of agreement) with Fincantieri was signed on Sept 25, 2017.
In October 2018, Cunard contracted the company Tihany Design (led by Adam D Tihany) to oversee the interior design works on the newbuild, which back then was planned for inauguration in 2022. Adam Tihany's latest project started with the layouts of the onboard dining venues, including Cunard's traditional "class restaurants" Queens Grill and Princess Grill. Besides Tihany Design, other companies currently involved in this project include the London UK-based David Collins Studio (led by Simon Rawlings) and Richmond International (by Terry McGillicuddy) as well as the Paris France-based SM Desing (by Sybille de Margerie).
The vessel's construction officially started on October 11, 2019, with the steel-cutting ceremony held at Fincantieri's production yard in Castellammare di Stabia (near Naples). The special event was attended by Simon Palethorpe (Cunard's President), Gilberto Tobaldi (Fincantieri Castellammare Shipyard's Director) and Sam Shendi (British sculptor).
- Sam Shendi was commissioned to create a unique artwork using as a core element the ship's ever-first piece of metal (the steel-cut) integrated into a sculpture that will be displayed in the Atrium. The Egypt-born Sam Shendi will create the sculpture using contemporary industrial materials, metals (steel and aluminum) and fiberglass.
- The special ceremony was celebrated with a Grand Dinner held in Naples.
For choosing the cruise liner's name Cunard asked for assistance/research the British historian Kate Williams (1974-born). She is also an author of several British Royal Family-related books, as well as a TV presenter (at BBC Two and BBC4 series) and expert historian who specializes in social, constitutional and royal history. Kate Williams often appears in documentaries and TV and radio discussions themed on British history, literature and culture.
The ship is powered by four MAK marine diesel engines (model 12V43C) with combined power output 50,4 MW. The propulsion system is based on two ABB Azipods (azimuth thrusters) with combined output 28 MW.
The boat's name (Queen Anne) was officially announced by Cunard in February 2022. The boat's Master (Inger Klein Thorhauge) and first public areas were announced in March. Captain Thorhauge is Cunard Line's first female Captain and joined the company in 1997 as Second Officer on MS Vistafjord (1973-built/2017-scrapped as "Oasia", aka "MS Caronia" and "Saga Ruby"). Born in the Faroe Islands, Thorhauge became MS Queen Victoria's Captain in 2010. Queen Anne's Second Captain is David Hudson (with Cunard since 2006).
On April 29, 2022, at Castellammare di Stabia shipyard was launched the troncone (hull's forward lower/bow section) with which for the first time the vessel touched the water. The troncone (length 165 m/541 ft, width 35,6 m/117 ft, weight 12402 tons) was then towed by tugboats to Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard (Venice) where the boat will be completed.
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