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She’s next in line to reign at Cunard and on April 19th, Queen Anne officially joined the luxury cruise line’s iconic fleet during a historic handover ceremony in Italy in the presence of Italian Minister of Enterprises and Made in Italy, Adolfo Urso, and Italian Minister for Relations with Parliament, Luca Ciriani.

Cunard took ownership of their stunning 3,000-guest ship during a traditional handover ceremony at the Fincantieri Marghera shipyard in Venice, where master shipbuilders have been constructing the luxurious vessel.

The event was attended by Katie McAlister, President of Cunard; Pierroberto Folgiero, CEO and Managing Director of Fincantieri; and Luigi Matarazzo, General Manager of the Fincantieri Merchant Ships Division.

Queen Anne Starts Her Journey

Queen Anne, the 249th ship to sail under the Cunard flag—and the third built by Fincantieri—will now set sail for Southampton ahead of her 7-night maiden voyage to Lisbon on May 3rd. She will arrive in her homeport on April 27th. (Recommend will be there to see and experience the new Queen Anne, so stay tuned.)

Fit for a Queen: the Queen Anne’s Grand Lobby.

As the newest addition to the Cunard fleet, Queen Anne’s design concepts have been founded on heritage, craftmanship, style, storytelling, and innovation, and the 114,000-ton ship, which spans 14 decks, will offer travelers several breath-taking experiences, and more choices of entertainment, dining, and bars than ever before.

Cunard has previously announced a series of partnerships for Queen Anne, including Le Gavroche at Sea residencies hosted by two Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux, wellness packages curated by Harper’s Bazaar UK’s beauty experts and exclusive British Film Institute screenings in The Pavilion.

She will also boast the widest selection of fitness, beauty, thermal and spa facilities so far seen on a Cunard ship, with her reimagined Mareel Wellness & Beauty proposition heralding a new era of wellbeing at sea.

“We are so excited to welcome Queen Anne to our fleet as she completes a remarkable quartet alongside Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth, and Queen Victoria, marking the first time since 1999 that Cunard will have four ships in simultaneous service,” said Katie McAlister, President of Cunard, in a media announcement. “We are now fully focused on readying her to welcome guests for her maiden voyage on 3 May before she embarks on an historic British Isles Festival Voyage, including a momentous Naming Ceremony in Cunard’s spiritual home of Liverpool on 3 June.”

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