Cunard Announces Name of Fourth ‘Queen’ Cruise Ship

Luxury ocean line Cunard has announced the name of the next ship that will be joining its fleet — Queen Anne.

The vessel will be Cunard’s 249th ship in total, and become the fourth in its current fleet of Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria, and Queen Elizabeth. It will be the first time since 1999 that Cunard will have four ships at sea.

The name Queen Anne celebrates Cunard’s heritage and royal history, joining a fleet now honoring the names of each Queen Regnant over the last millennium.

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(Rendering courtesy of Cunard)

The Cunard team explored multiple naming options, and were inspired by Queen Anne’s reign. They engaged with British historian, author, and television presenter Kate Williams to assist in the detailed research.

“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,” Williams said. “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!”

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Queen Anne will feature reimagined signature spaces for Cunard, as well as new dining, culture, and engagement options for a luxurious cruising experience. Bridging tradition and contemporary luxury, the vessel will celebrate the design styles of both past and present, and introduce an updated Cunard livery.

The décor will include bold color choices and showcase a striking aesthetic, while in keeping with Cunard’s timeless sophistication.

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Queen Mary 2 (Photo courtesy of Cunard)

“I am absolutely delighted to welcome Queen Anne, the fourth ship to Cunard’s fleet,” said Carnival UK President Sture Myrmell. “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.”

Queen Anne will be part of the Pinnacle-class, which currently includes sister line Holland America’s ships Koningsdam, Nieuw Statendam, and Rotterdam. She will be around 113,000 gross tons.

The ship is scheduled to debut in early 2024, and the maiden season will open for bookings in May 2022.

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