Cunard is calling its new ship set to debut in early 2024 Queen Anne.

Queen Anne will be Cunard’s 249th ship and will join Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth, marking the first time since 1999 the line will have four vessels at sea.

Inspirational monarch

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

Williams said: ‘She has a fascinating tale to tell — one of queenship, unity of developing constitutional monarchy, a golden age of the arts. 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.’

Reimagined and new spaces, updated livery

Queen Anne will feature reimagined Cunard signature spaces and new experiences within dining, culture and entertainment. The vessel also introduces an updated Cunard livery.

Cunard said a world-renowned design team has created décor with bold color tones and a striking aesthetic, while in keeping with timeless Cunard sophistication.

‘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,’ Carnival UK President Sture Myrmell said. ‘With design inspired by the past and set for the future, Queen Anne is the perfect way for our guests to rediscover the joy of exploration and travel again. We look forward to sharing more details in the coming weeks and months.’

Bookings open in May

The maiden season program will go on sale in May, with the ship’s first cruises in early 2024. More in-depth details are to be shared shortly.