On 5 October our CCO Queen Anne Insiders, Becky and Clarissa, joined media representatives, travel agent partners, and members of Cunard’s leadership team, for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Queen Anne at the Fincantieri Marghera shipyard in Venice, Italy.

The tours were hosted by Francis Fred, Senior Brand Manager, Cunard, and Chris Frame, Maritime Historian. 

(Left to right: Becky Diggle – CCO Insider, Katie McAlister – Cunard President,  Captain Inger Thorhauge, Marco Lunardi, Shipyard Director, and Clarissa Andrews – CCO Insider)

Becky, said:

Upon our arrival to the shipyard, there was a collective gasp as we caught our first glimpse of her iconic red funnel. Being able to stand in front of Queen Anne with Captain Inger and Katie McAlister was a real highlight of the morning. We were lucky to have Francis Fred conducting the tour for us too. His enthusiasm for the project was infectious.

Clarissa, said:

We boarded Queen Anne on A deck, which will be home to her crew areas. I had goosebumps as I walked through the huge doorway – being witness to an early part of this historical moment within maritime and Cunard history – I felt like I was stepping out onto the moon!

Wellness & Beauty on board Queen Anne

Queen Anne will boast the widest selection of fitness, beauty, thermal and spa facilities so far seen on a Cunard ship, with its reimagined Mareel Wellness & Beauty proposition heralding a new era of wellbeing at sea. Queen Anne’s Wellness Club will also boast a tailormade programme for solo travellers, where, on embarkation night, like-minded guests will be able to relax and unwind together at a meet-and-greet.

Clarissa, said:

I’m so looking forward to experiencing our new Mareel studio and spa, especially as this is always my first port of call (excuse the pun) on a voyage. Manicure and pedicure ready on day one! I know I’ll feel like a Queen after a treatment here. The choice of treatments available for both individuals and couples is immense, with the wellness offering going way beyond the spa and salon!

Becky, said: 

You couldn’t help but be impressed by the sheer size of the thermal pool in the spa. The builders working in the pool looked like action figures stood at the bottom! Guests will be able to enjoy a variety of treatments and experiences – including a relaxing thermal lounge, steam room, Himalayan salt sauna, and Cunard’s first cold room.  

One of Queen Anne’s stand-out wellness spaces is The Pavilion, an idyllic open-air oasis on the top deck, which features a specially designed glass dome roof that retracts in warmer climes. Inspired by beautiful glasshouses, it is the ideal spot for getting lost in a book or enjoying a dip in the pool by day and for meeting new friends in the evening.

Clarissa, said:

The amount of light that flooded the ship, especially in the wellness areas – is going to be incredible.  It’s going to be the best place for our guests to take some time out – with yoga practice or guided meditation. I know that my voyage on Queen Anne is going to fill me with the rejuvenating energy I need!

The multi-purpose space, designed by David Collins Studio (of Harrods and Claridge’s fame), weaves together several wellness elements, and will encompass the top deck Wellness Studio – an ideal retreat for fitness fanatics, open from sunrise to sunset – as well as the Wellness Café, an alternative dining experience that will boast a colourful mix of seasonal, mouth-watering, and nutritious dishes.

The Wellness Café will cater for breakfast, lunch, and daytime diners, celebrating the vibrancy of plant-powered foods and sustainably sourced meat, dairy and fish options.

Acclaimed architect Martin Francis – who supported with engineering the iconic Louvre Pyramid in Paris – led a redesigning of the glass dome, which will now feature a refined arched steel frame to maximise height and light in the space as it stretches up and aft to create the new Wellness Studio. 

Our CCO Queen Anne Insiders, Becky and Clarissa will also be reporting back to the wider CCO team with information to support their Queen Anne sales conversations with guests.  

To stay up to date, visit the Queen Anne hub.


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