From opulent suites to cosy pubs, Gala Evenings to fine dining, Queen Anne offers a world of indulgence that will transport you to an era of glamour and grandeur. Signature takes a deep dive into what’s in-store on board Cunard’s new ship.
In the world of ocean travel, Cunard has always been synonymous with sophistication, elegance, and timeless grandeur. For more than 180 years, the luxury cruise line has set the gold standard, and its new ship, Queen Anne, is raising these to a new level and redefining elegance at sea. With an art deco design that is inspired by the past and built for the future with contemporary flourishes, Queen Anne promises to be a floating masterpiece, a seamless blend of classic charm and modern innovation. From the moment you step foot on board Queen Anne, you’ll be dazzled by the visual excellence and the stunning spaces that make Queen Anne a true marvel of maritime travel.
Where hotel design meets style at sea
Queen Anne’s design symbolises timeless elegance brought to life by award-winning hotel designers whose portfolio boasts some of the world’s most luxurious and iconic properties. Their attention to detail is evident in every corner of the ship. From sumptuously appointed suites to opulent dining spaces and entertainment venues that rival the world’s finest hotels.
“It’s going to feel like you’ve stepped back to the Golden Age of travel, but it’s not going to feel like you’ve stepped back in time. It’s going to feel very contemporary.” – Lewis Taylor – Design Director, David Collins Studio.
The art deco movement mirrors the era when Cunard dazzled travellers with the promise of transatlantic crossings. It emphasises the opulence and geometric elegance that flourished during the early 20th century yet with a thoroughly modern 21st century interior design by Paris-based Sybille de Margerie. Queen Anne’s interiors are adorned with rich woodwork, glistening chandeliers, and ornate detailing. The ship’s centrepiece will be the spectacular Grand Lobby spanning three storeys in a design that promises a show-stopping entrance full of energy and light.
Queens Grill Suites: The epitome of luxury
The Queens Grill Suites are the crown jewel of Queen Anne‘s accommodation options, offering unparalleled luxury. These sumptuously appointed suites are complete with a personal butler who caters to your every whim. A pillow concierge menu ensures that your night’s rest is as comfortable as can be in your king-size bed. Penhaligon’s toiletries line the bathroom, alongside a bathtub, and walk-in shower. There’s a spacious private balcony with sea views. Fresh flowers, daily fresh fruit, complimentary room service and a complimentary mini-bar is stocked for your tastes. And a dedicated steward to keep your suite in fine order day and night.
Guests staying in the exclusive Queens Grill Suites have access to the Queens Grill restaurant, featuring a menu curated in partnership with Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux, which guarantees a culinary journey par excellence. The Grills Lounge and outside Grills Terrace are also at your disposal.
The Queens Grill Suites are the crown jewel of Queen Anne’s accommodation options © Cunard
Fine Dining: A culinary voyage
From Mediterranean to the fragrant flavours of the East, Queen Anne introduces new dining spaces exclusive to the ship, with culinary dining that caters to every palate.
Whether you’re craving an indulgent steak with a perfectly paired wine, tapas or pub classics, or seeking healthier options at the Wellness Café. Queen Anne has it all.
With 15 dining venues, from casual light bites to the ultimate in fine dining, Queen Anne’s dining options promise to be a highlight of your journey.
The Golden Lion pub: A taste of tradition
For those seeking a more laid-back atmosphere, the Golden Lion pub offers a cosy retreat reminiscent of classic British pubs. Enjoy a hearty pint of ale and traditional pub fare while enjoying live entertainment.
The really exciting news is that Michel Roux will be breathing new life into the Golden Lion pub menu on board Queen Anne.
The Golden Lion will also host live entertainment, quizzes, and televised sports. It’s a fusion of old-world charm and contemporary comfort, perfect for unwinding after a day of exploration on shore.
White Star Service: A tradition of excellence
Cunard’s renowned White Star Service is the backbone of every voyage, and Queen Anne is no exception. This dedication to service ensures that your every need is met from the moment you step on board until your journey’s end. The ship’s crew is not just attentive; they are passionate about creating an unforgettable experience with a line-up of white-gloved Bellhops, and the ship’s crew, who will greet you with a smile and be of service for any whim.
Gala Evenings: Dress up for the occasion
One of the hallmark experiences on board a Cunard Queen are the Gala Evenings. These glamorous affairs are a chance for you to don your finest attire and immerse in the elegance and opulence of a golden age. Whether it’s a black-tie dinner, a themed ball, an evening of live entertainment, or ballroom dancing in the Queens Room, expect evenings of unforgettable experiences.
Royal Court Theatre: From the West End to Broadway
Queen Anne’s luxurious, two-storey, 835-seat Royal Court Theatre will provide a contemporary performance space to rival the finest theatres found in London’s West End or on Broadway in New York. The Royal Court Theatre will host stunning productions and Cunard’s unique insights programme of lectures and film screenings. As well as a host of other performances.
Bright Lights Society: Where entertainment shines
Also new to Queen Anne is the Bright Lights Society. With a diverse line-up of performances, from Broadway-style shows to classical concerts, hosting the finest entertainment at sea with no two nights the same.
A witty host will hold court, with a nightly array of compelling acts and dazzling musicians taking to the stage. From the moment you enter the venue, its shimmering metallics and electric blue interior decor will dazzle, inspired by Cunard’s heritage as the first ocean liner to bring electric lights on board a passenger ship.
Wellness Pavilion: Nurturing body and soul
While Queen Anne pays homage to the past, she also looks to the future with the Wellness Pavilion. Unique to Queen Anne, this state-of-the-art facility is dedicated to rejuvenating your body and soul. Enjoy a range of wellness activities, from yoga and meditation to world-class spa treatments at Mareel Wellness & Beauty. Mareel, meaning phosphorescence of the ocean, is taken from the ancient Norse language. It speaks to the illuminating light and healing energy featured in the fitness, beauty, thermal and spa facilities on board Queen Anne. Nine treatment rooms, a private spa suite, and a brand-new top-deck Wellness Studio are all ripe for relaxation. It features a steam room and infrared sauna with sea views, thermal pool, Himalayan salt sauna and cold room. There are also reflexology foot baths and a salon offering hairdressing, barbering, and other beauty treatments.
Queen Anne setting sail in 2024
Queen Anne will set sail in 2024, with her maiden voyage leaving from Southampton on 3 May 2024 visiting La Coruna and Lisbon. The new Cunard Queen will grace Australian shores in early 2025.
Be among the first to experience the unparalleled elegance and service on board Queen Anne. It’s a unique opportunity for Australian travellers to embark on a luxurious voyage without having to venture far from home.
A British luxury cruise line that has crossed the Atlantic, linking the old world with the new, since 1840. From May 2024, they will be sailing with a fleet of four Queens: Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth, and the brand-new Queen Anne, Cunard’s 249th ship. Cunard’s rich history and unrivalled seafaring knowledge have made it a truly iconic brand that constantly refines the definitive experience of ocean travel, where history and modernity unite in harmony on the high seas.
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