Cunard Queen Anne Review

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Adam Coulter
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Queen Anne is the first new cruise ship from Cunard in 14 years and launched in Southampton on May 1, 2024, embarking on her maiden voyage to the Canary Islands on May 3.

The new 3,000-passenger cruise ship will bring Cunard's fleet, which includes Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth – the last Cunard ship to launch – to four for the first time since 1999.

Queen Anne will be christened in Liverpool (the line's spiritual home), on June 3, though Cunard has not yet revealed who the godmother (or godfather) will be yet.

The Line Draws on its Storied Past And Adds a Contemporary Aesthetic

Queen Anne's funnel (Photo: Cunard)
Cunard took ownership of Queen Anne at Fincantieri shipyard (Photo: Cunard)

The basic model of the ship is from Holland America Line's Vista Class of ship (Koningsdam and her sisters), but with a Cunard overlay, drawing on the line's 182-year history, while giving the brand a modern, contemporary aesthetic.

To that end, Cunard has drawn on the talents of three design companies – David Collins Studio, which designed Claridge's Hotel and Gleneagles; Richmond International, which designed sister brand P&O Cruises' Britannia and Iona; and designer Sybille de Margerie, who designed the suites and cabins.

And this shows throughout the ship, from the standout public areas such as the Grand Lobby, with its triple-height LED screen highlighting stand out moments and motifs from the line's storied past, to the stunning Britannia Dining Room, which is everything and more you expect a Cunard main dining room to look like.

The result is a contemporary ship, with all that passengers expect today – multiple dining venues showcasing different cuisine, sophisticated bars, on-trend entertainment and well-thought-out accommodations – with heritage running through it.

Queen Anne also debuted a refined updated livery, with a design of the iconic crest and the introduction of an elegant new font inspired by the grand ocean liners of the past.

Queen Anne's Deck Plan Includes a Grand Lobby, a Stunning Main Pool Deck and a Wellness Studio

The Grand Atrium on Cunard Queen Anne
The Grand Atrium on Cunard Queen Anne (Photo: Adam Coulter)

Queen Anne's deck plan is centered around the Grand Lobby, which is from decks 1-3, with shops, bars and restaurants leading off it.

Its centerpiece is a contemporary LED mural sculpture that changes throughout the day. The design draws on Cunard's Art Deco past and is a homage to the "Golden Age" of travel.

Seven decks above you will find The Pavilion, a jaw-dropping triple-height pool deck space encased in a "magrodome," which is open and closed depending on the weather.

The Pavilion on Queen Anne
The Pavilion on Queen Anne (Photo: Adam Coulter)

The design here is stunning, with dark blue and white tiling throughout. There is a large pool, three hot tubs and plenty of loungers. On the galleried upper deck, you'll find more spots to seat as well as new-to-the-line Wellness Café, with veg-forward cuisine.

Looking down on all of this is the much-vaunted Wellness Studio, a light-flooded space where yoga, Pilates and numerous other wellness activities will take place (it's worth noting that this is separate from the Mareel Spa, which is located deep below, toward the front of the ship).

There is an alternative pool deck – the Panorama Pool Club – at the aft of the ship, which has a bar area, plenty of loungers and wonderful views.

Queen Anne's 825-seat Royal Court Theatre is a vast space, spread across two decks, but does not have that wow factor of the other ships in the fleet. The design is modern and uninspiring; there is no upper tier with balconies or boxes.

Queen Anne Restaurants Include Old Favorites And Some New to the Line

The Britannia Dining Room on Cunard's new ship Queen Anne is a stunning double-height space at the aft of the ship
Britannia Dining Room on Queen Anne (Photo: Adam Coulter)

The ship has 15 restaurants, including the main dining room – the Britannia Restaurant, which is on all the line's ships, and is striking in its design, double height, all brass and glass, with huge aft windows, a sweeping staircase and a balcony level, which allows you to take in the scale of the space.

Cunard retains its "class system", so where you eat depends on your cabin grade, and for those in suites there is Princess Grill and Queens Grill.

Both are intimate and feel more exclusive, but lack the wow factor of the Britannia Restaurant.

The popular Golden Lion pub, which serves bar food, makes a welcome return, but with a twist – the line has teamed up with Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux to revamp the Golden Lion menu. Roux is also developing a gala night menu for the Queens Grill.

The Wellness Cafe on Queen Anne
The Wellness Cafe on Queen Anne (Photo: Adam Coulter)

Queen Anne Also debuts the Wellness Cafe, in The Pavilion.

Queen Anne has four new-to-the-line specialty restaurants, including the first Indian restaurant for Cunard.

Aranya (meaning "abundance") is a new for-fee restaurant which showcases cuisine from across the sub-continent, from street food to the delicacies served to royalty.

The $35 four-course set menu includes amuse bouche, dal for the table and a "pre-dessert", as well as a choice of appetizers, mains and dessert.

Apps include smoked chilli pork belly with buttered pao and pickled red cabbage; roasted sweet potato Tikki with a cumin-beet puree; and a sweet pea, goat's cheese and almond kofta.

Mains include roasted wild turbot with tamarind chili tomato; slow roasted beef short rib with caramelized red onion-cashew nut yogurt gravy; masala roasted cauliflower with wild mushrooms; and a pot sealed Biryani filled with Welsh lamb shoulder.

Desserts include a jamun, passionfruit mascarpone with a hazelnut nougat; a Malai- lychee kulfi; and a fresh cut fruit chaat masala.

The other three specialty restaurants are Aji Wa, a Japanese restaurant with sushi and an omakase tasting menu; Sir Samuels, a high-end steakhouse; and Tramonto, which will have outdoor dining and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine.

One disappointment is the mis-named Artisans Food Hall (the buffet), which is anything but, serving stodgy pizza and limp salads.

Queen Anne's Suites Are More Contemporary in Look and Feel

Princess Frill Suite on Cunard Queen Anne
Princess Frill Suite on Cunard Queen Anne (Photo: Adam Coulter)

Queens Grill Suites are square-shaped and include a room divider, with a large bed in the center and sliding balcony doors. The living area includes a sofa flanked by two lovely display cabinets and a large glass coffee table and separate chair, with doors leading out to the balcony. The room is entered via a corridor with a bar area on one side and a worktop on the other. The large marble bathrooms feature tubs, but weirdly, just one basin.

The top suites have the feel of private residences, with a dedicated dining room and adjacent butler's pantry, a spacious bedroom, walk-in wardrobes and marble bathrooms with sea views and the largest balconies onboard.

Princess Grill Suites, designed by Sybille de Margerie, are beautifully thought out. Oblong shaped, with a huge King-sized beds, supremely comfy pillows and acres of closet space. We loved the design touches of the workspace area – a retro-style table with a pretty mirror, while opposite is a bar area with a feature wall panel and eclectic artwork. All cabins come with a kettle and a coffee machine; below is the mini-fridge.

The living area has a vast sofa, flat screen TV, a glass coffee table and a separate chair. The only negative are the shower rooms, which don’t live up to the bedroom space, though pretty, with excellent Penhaligon's toiletries and a lovely adjustable rain shower, they are small.

Britannia balcony rooms have cozy sofa seating areas looking out to sea, and light, bright bathrooms with glass walk-in showers for a more relaxed, luxury experience.

Queen Anne Showcases New Shows And Entertainment Venues

The Royal Court Theatre on Queen Anne
The Royal Court Theatre on Queen Anne (Photo: Adam Coulter)

Queen Anne showcases West End and Broadway shows, including "Brief Encounter" at the Royal Court Theater, as well as a number of other big production shows.

Unlike on the line's other ships, where thick velvet-red drapes and lavish boxes create a grand feel inside the theaters, the Royal Court on Queen Anne is more pared back and feels more like a modern auditorium.

Bright Lights Society is a new venue which has the look and feel of a 1920s speakeasy, with Big Band and swing-style music. The popular Queens Room is a large open space, midship on Deck 2, where you'll find musicians and late-night dancing. There's a galleried first floor to the Queens Room on Deck 3 where passengers can sit and watch the entertainment from above.

Elsewhere on the ship, you'll find live music in the Golden Lion Pub and The Chart Room.

Other bars on the ship include the Commodore Club (Deck 12) and the Sky Bar (Deck 14).

Queen Anne's Library and Chart Room Are Beautifully Designed

The Library on Queen Anne
The Library on Queen Anne (Photo: Adam Coulter)

Two spaces that Cunarders (Cunard regulars) will embrace are the Library (Deck 12) and the Drawing Room (Deck 1). The former is everything you want in a cruise ship library, a generous space, hundreds of books, comfy chairs and writing desks looking out to sea.

(We were slightly confused about the proximity of the kids club to here, but we did not get a chance to see the areas).

We also loved the Living Room, with its scale model of the ship as its centerpiece and large, comfortable sofas.

Queen Anne Has a New Wellness And Beauty Concept

Mareel Spa entrance on Cunard Queen Anne
Mareel Spa entrance on Queen Anne (Photo: Adam Coulter)

Mareel Wellness & Beauty Spa is tucked dep down in the bowels of the ship, right at the front, accessed via cabin corridors. It's not the most prepossessing spot for a spa, and we are confused why the line decided to put it here rather than at the top of the ship, adjacent to the new top deck Wellness Studio.

Inside you'll find a large and luxurious Thermal Suite with a pool in the center and various experience rooms (sauna, steam, salt etc.) as well as heated tiled loungers. There is also a Relaxation Room and numerous treatment rooms, some dedicated to cutting-edge treatments with specialist practitioners onboard. You’ll find the gym on the same level and the beauty salon a deck above.

The line has teamed up with Harper's Bazaar to curate three "Wellness at Sea" packages designed to Detox, Energize and Relax. Each package consists of a three-day program ($629pp, as of May 2024), combining spa treatments, Elemis products and "unique and nutritionally balanced" dining options at the Wellness Café.

Queen Anne Top Decks Include Grills Terraces and Archery

The Grills Terrace includes two small pools
Grills Terrace Pool Cunard Queen Anne (Photo: Adam Coulter)

High up on Deck 11 you'll find the Grills Terrace, the private sun deck space for Grills Guests. This area includes two small infinity pools, but strangely, no dedicated bar.

Higher still (Deck 14) you'll find the games area, which includes an Archery area, deck games and the Observation area.

Where is Queen Anne's Maiden Voyage?

Queen Anne departed from Southampton on May 3, 2024 to the Canary Islands.

Queen Anne Itineraries

Queen Anne's maiden season voyages include sailings from Southampton to the Mediterranean, Scandinavia, the Canary Islands, the British Isles and the Norwegian Fjords.

In 2025, Queen Anne will head to Australia and New Zealand, arriving in late February and early March. The new ship's itineraries include port calls in Auckland, Sydney, Brisbane, Whitsunday Islands, Yorkeys Knob and Darwin as part of the ship's Maiden World Voyage.

Queen Anne Specs

Queen Anne carries 3,000 passengers and 1,245 crew and is 113,000 gross tons.

About

Passengers: 2794
Crew: 1225
Passenger to Crew: 40:1
Launched: 2024
Shore Excursions: 1042

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