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Your guide to Cunard’s newest luxury ship Queen Anne

Cunard, synonymous with traditional and luxurious cruising, harks back to the golden age of travel. Now Cunard’s new ship Queen Anne has sailed onto the scene – this is what you need to know.

Cunard’s Queen Anne cruise ship will celebrate her maiden voyage on a sailing to Lisbon on May 3, 2024.

The much-anticipated vessel – the line’s 249th! – will join fellow Cunard cruise ships Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth on the high seas.

We’ve rounded up everything you need to know about the ship and how to get your hands on the best Cunard cruise deals.

Where is Queen Anne being built?

Queen Anne was built in Fincantieri Marghera shipyard in Venice, Italy. The Cunard cruises vessel celebrated its momentous keel laying in September 2022, its funnel lifting in April 2023 and on May 3, 2023, Queen Anne was floated out for the first time – an important milestone that sees the floating hotel touching the water for the very first time.

When will Queen Anne sail?

The Queen Anne maiden voyage will take place on May 3, 2024, and last for seven nights. The (now sold-out) Cunard cruise from Southampton will sail to the Portuguese capital of Lisbon via La Coruña. It will arrive back in the UK on May 10.

Guests on the Queen Anne maiden voyage – the first of many Cunard cruises in 2024 – will enjoy a spectacular sail away party, a Queen Anne Celebration Ball, Maiden Voyage Gala Dinner and nightly Royal Court Theatre performances.


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How big is Queen Anne?

Cunard’s Queen Anne has a gross registered tonnage of 113,000. There are 14 decks, two swimming pools and 15 restaurants onboard.

On Cunard Queen Anne cruises, as onboard the rest of the fleet, guests can enjoy a dedicated restaurant corresponding to each accommodation category all plating up breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Elsewhere cuisines include Mediterranean, Pan-Asian, pub grub, tapas and steak plus plenty of healthy options, and of course, Cunard’s famous afternoon tea.

Is Queen Anne bigger than Queen Mary 2?

Queen Anne is smaller than Queen Mary 2 which has a tonnage of 150,000. However, the latter only has 13 decks and six restaurants but it does have four swimming pools.

How many passengers on Cunard Queen Anne?

Queen Anne has capacity for 3,000 passengers and 1,225 crew.

Despite her smaller size, Queen Anne will carry around 300 more passengers than Queen Mary 2 on Cunard 2024 and beyond (the latter having capacity for 2,691).

Is Cunard’s Queen Anne an ocean liner?

Queen Anne is not an ocean liner. The only remaining ocean liner in the world is Queen Mary 2.

Ocean liners were built with the primary purpose of transporting travellers between continents and were built for speed in a pre-air travel age, they also carried cargo, such as mail. However contemporary cruise ships cater for the modern, leisure traveller and are more like hotels at sea, offering a wealth of entertainment and covering shorter distances in one stretch.


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What are Cunard’s Queen Anne cabins like?

As with all cruise ships, Queen Anne offers accommodation that caters for an array of requirements and budgets.


Just like her sister ships, Queen Anne’s lowest category is Britannia, comprising Britannia Inside, Oceanview and Balcony staterooms.

These Britannia staterooms are designed with calming blue tones and warm wooden furnishings and come with Penhaligon’s toiletries; UK, USA, European, and USB power sockets; bathrobes and slippers; tea and coffee-making facilities; Complimentary room service menu; a dedicated steward and more.

Britannia Club

The Queen Anne cabin category above that is Britannia Club which boasts Cunard staterooms with additional benefits and features such as access to the intimate Britannia Club restaurant, with a reserved table throughout your voyage, along with speciality teas and coffees and priority embarkation and disembarkation.

Princess Grill Suites

For even more luxury cruises on Cunard Queen Anne there are Princess Grill Suites which benefit from a prime, central location on board with sea views and are dressed in sumptuous red and gold tones.

On top of all the aforementioned staterooms perks, Grill Suite passengers enjoy a private balcony with seating; a spacious lounge area with seating; daily fresh fruit; exclusive access to the Grills Lounge and outside Grills Terrace as well as the option to dine in-suite from the exquisite Princess Grill menu; and concierge service for onboard reservations and shore experiences.

Queens Grill Suites

For the crème de la crème of Cunard Queen Anne cabins, book yourself one for the Queens Grill Suites.

In addition to the above, globetrotters staying in these rooms will get access to the exclusive Queens Grill restaurant, where you can dine anytime at your reserved table; fresh flowers; binoculars and a world atlas to track your travels; a complimentary mini-bar stocked with your choice of beer, wine, spirits and soft drinks; pre-dinner canapés; and a dedicated butler and steward, to name a few luxuries.


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What are Queen Anne’s itinerary options?

Queen Anne has more than 60 unique ports included in her maiden season of Cunard cruises from Southampton.

After her maiden voyage to Portugal, Queen Anne will offer Canary Islands voyages in May, November and December 2024. In June 2024, as well as later in the year, Queen Anne will sail the Norwegian fjords, while throughout the year she will cruise the Mediterranean, sailing to Italy, Spain, Portugal and Mallorca.

Cunard cruises from Southampton in 2024 will also traverse the British Isles, calling at Scotland, England and Northern Ireland, as well as Northern Europe. Highlights here include Hamburg, Copenhagen, Tallinn, Stockholm, Helsinki, and Skagen. In July 2024, Queen Anne will carry out two Cunard cruises to Iceland.

In summary, Queen Anne destinations include:

  • Canary Islands
  • Norwegian Fjords
  • Mediterranean
  • British Isles
  • Northern Europe
  • Iceland


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How much do Cunard cruises cost?

There are three types of Cunard Fares: Early Saver Fares, Saver Fares and the Cunard Fare.

Early Saver Fares

Early Saver Fares are designed for travellers who prefer to plan their Cunard cruises well in advance and generally offer the lowest prices available, making them attractive to budget-conscious cruisers.

However, Early Saver Fares come with some restrictions, such as charges for changes or cancellations, limited availability, no choice of individual stateroom, second priority for upgrades and no shuttle bus inclusions.

Saver Fares

Similar to Early Saver Fares, Saver Fares tend to be priced competitively and may have specific restrictions and conditions that passengers need to be aware of. While they generally offer good value for money, passengers have less flexibility when it comes to modifying their bookings or may face charges for cancellations or changes. They also require full payment at the time of booking.

Cunard Fare

Cunard Fare is a more flexible fare option and typically offers a range of additional benefits compared to the Early Saver and Saver Fares. Advantages include such benefits as the ability to choose stateroom location and category, a shuttle bus, priority in selecting dining times and seating, and flexibility in changing or cancelling bookings with reduced fees or penalties.


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What’s included on a Cunard cruise?

The following is included:

Full board accommodation, all entertainment including shows, full use of the sports courts, swimming pools and fully equipped gyms, full access to the Children’s Clubs and flights and transfers when booked as a package with travel agent Iglu Cruise.

Full board includes the below food, although speciality restaurants will incur a cover charge:

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner within the main restaurants
  • Access to the self-service buffet
  • 24-hour Room service
  • Daily afternoon tea including sandwiches, cakes and pastries
  • Drinks including tea, coffee, water and fruit juices

Are there any Cunard cruise deals?

By booking with Iglu Cruise, you can bag Queen Anne cruise deals, of which there are plenty in 2024 and beyond.

These offers come with such perks as free onboard spend (up to $2,400pp – £1,937) if you book a Cunard fare, reduced deposits plus other special deals.

Check out Iglu Cruise’s dedicated Cunard cruise deals page to find one that suits you!


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Western Mediterranean from Southampton

Duration: 16 nights

Where: Southampton | Vigo | Barcelona | Rome (Civitavecchia) | Alghero, Sardinia | Palma de Mallorca | Malaga | La Coruña | Southampton

Ship: Queen Anne

Price: From £2,099 pp

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Published 24.04.24