Cunard delays Queen Anne’s inaugural season

Fourth of Cunard's modern ship delayed by over four months

The launch into service of Cunard‘s highly-anticipated fourth modern ship, Queen Anne, has been postponed by over four months.

Initially slated to begin its first season in 14 months’ time, starting 4 January 2024, Queen Anne will now debut in mid-April 2024.

In a statement, Cunard said: “Due in part to unforeseen events that have occurred in recent years, the shipbuilding industry, like other industries, has faced numerous challenges including energy shortages and global supply chain constraints.

“As a result, our much-awaited new ship Queen Anne will be arriving slightly later than expected and we must regrettably cancel Cunard Queen Anne‘s maiden season sailings departing from  January 4, 2024 up to and including April 14, 2024. ”

Queen Anne Grill Suite render | Source: Cunard

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Queen Anne’s new maiden season voyages will now start in May 2024 and will include sailings from Southampton to the Mediterranean, Scandinavia, the Canary Islands, and the Norwegian Fjords.”

Guests that were booked on the initial inaugural voyage have been transferred to the new seven-night inaugural cruise on 3 May 2024, which will visit La Coruna and Lisbon.

“These voyages will be going on sale on 6 December 2022 for Cunard World Club members and on general sale on 7 December 2022,” Cunard said.

Queen Anne will be Cunard’s 249th ship in its history and will join current fleetmates Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth.

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