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Cunard’s Queen Anne Sets Sail on Maiden Voyage

Cunard’s Queen Anne Sets Sail on Maiden Voyage

Queen Anne, Cunard’s newest luxury cruise ship, has set sail on her seven-night maiden voyage to Lisbon.

The new ship departed her home port of Southampton for the first time today, with a spectacular fireworks display to celebrate the inaugural sailing. Queen Anne is the fourth ship to join the current Cunard fleet and the 249th to sail under the Cunard flag.

Queen Anne sailed just after 9 PM local time as thousands of spectators gathered to watch her departure from vantage points across the city and along the Southampton waterfront.

Cunard’s new ship Queen Anne has set sail on her seven-night maiden voyage from Southampton to Lisbon (image courtesy of Cunard)

Guests aboard the 3,000-guest, 113,000-ton Queen Anne enjoyed a gala sailaway party, and celebrations are planed to continue throughout the voyage—including a special Maiden Gala Evening and performances from tenor Russell Watson.

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Cunard’s new ship set sail on May 3 for a seven-night sailing via La Coruña, bound for Lisbon on May 7. She will then depart for a 14-night voyage to the Canary Islands.

Katie McAlister, president of Cunard, said: “Queen Anne‘s maiden voyage signals the dawning of a new era in luxury ocean travel and her historic sail away from Southampton was a very special moment for everyone connected with Cunard.”

“Here in the UK and across the globe, Cunard is famous for our beautiful iconic Queens. With Queen Anne joining our fleet, she marks not just a new icon but the completion of a perfect quartet alongside Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth, and Queen Victoria,” McAlister continued in a press release.

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Carrie Ann Karstunen