Cunard’s Queen Anne Makes her Maiden Arrival to Southampton

On an overcast evening on 30th April 2024, a historic maritime event unfolded at the Port of Southampton as Cunard’s latest cruise ship, Queen Anne, graced its waters for the first time. This momentous occasion marked not just the beginning of her sailing journey but also a new chapter in Cunard’s storied legacy of luxury ocean travel.

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Credit:Cunard’s Queen Anne Arriving in Southampton / © Copyright: Sail Away Magazine

A Celebratory Welcome

The air buzzed with excitement as crowds gathered at Town Quay and other locations across the city and surrounding areas, eager to witness the grand entry of Queen Anne. As she approached, the iconic red and black funnel was visible against the horizon, a nostalgic emblem of Cunard’s proud heritage. As she sailed up water, Captain Inger Thorhauge gave long blasts on the ships whistle, which rumbled through the air, far and wide.

Design and Innovation

Queen Anne’s arrival was not just a showcase of grandeur but also a testament to Cunard’s commitment to innovation and luxury. Her sleek design and cutting-edge features were on full display as she elegantly docked. The ship represents a significant evolution in maritime design, blending Cunard’s traditional opulence with modern amenities that cater to the contemporary cruiser. From her multi-storey Grand Lobby to the state-of-the-art wellness facilities and the plush staterooms and suites, Queen Anne is designed to impress and pamper her guests.

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Credit: Cunard’s Queen Anne Arriving in Southampton / © Copyright: Sail Away Magazine

First Impressions

The first impressions of onlookers were of awe and admiration. Spectators marvelled at the size and beauty of the ship, capturing the moment on cameras, smartphones and drones in the air. The atmosphere was charged with a palpable sense of pride, particularly among those who had contributed to the ship’s construction and design, many of whom were present to see the fruits of their labour.

Ceremonial Splendour

The docking of Queen Anne was followed by a ceremonial event attended by dignitaries and key figures in the cruise and travel industry on 1st May. Speeches highlighted the significance of Queen Anne to the British cruise sector and her role in bolstering maritime tourism. The ceremony underscored Cunard’s ongoing contribution to the UK’s maritime heritage, an endeavour that Queen Anne is poised to carry forward with elegance and enthusiasm, long into the future.

Cunard's Queen Anne Arriving in Southampton - © Copyright: Sail Away Magazine
Credit: Cunard’s Queen Anne Arriving in Southampton / © Copyright: Sail Away Magazine

A Look Inside

For those lucky enough to step aboard for the VIP event , Queen Anne offered an array of wonders. The ship’s interiors exude a contemporary luxury that respects Cunard’s historical essence. The staterooms blend practical elegance with luxurious comfort, featuring bespoke artworks and rich textiles. Dining venues on board cater to every culinary desire, from gourmet offerings at the speciality restaurants like Aji Wa and Tramonto, to the more casual but equally exquisite inclusive options such as the magnificent Britannia Restaurant.

Queen Anne's Grand Lobby - © Copyright: Sail Away Magazine
Credit: Queen Anne’s Grand Lobby / © Copyright: Sail Away Magazine

Sailing into the Future

The arrival of Queen Anne in Southampton is not just an addition to Cunard’s fleet but a landmark event that sets a new standard for luxury cruising, particularly from the UK cruise market. With her, Cunard not only promises an exceptional travel experience but also continues its legacy of building ships that are as iconic as they are indulgent. We’ve already book a cruise aboard Queen Anne, have you?

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