We are so excited for Cunard’s newest ship, Queen Anne’s inaugural season, starting with her historic maiden voyage, sailing on 3 May. This sold-out voyage will include a wonderful line up of entertainment and celebratory moments planned in keeping with Cunard’s rich tradition of magnificent inaugural sailings.  

Just a few weeks later, departing on 24 May, Queen Anne sails her maiden British Isles voyage, a 14-night sailing from Southampton, including the official naming ceremony of our new Queen.   

The naming ceremony promises to be a spectacular event in Cunard’s spiritual home of Liverpool. From early morning on 3 June, as the world’s media awaits Queen Anne’s arrival into the Mersey, all eyes will be on Liverpool Pier Head, which will be alive with activity in the lead up to a dazzling ceremony set to start from 4pm.   

Much-loved TV personalities Emma and Matt Willis will host this incredible event, and we’re proud to announce that the distinguished Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts will be joining our hosts on stage, with a unique, one-of-a-kind celebratory performance.  

Later in the evening, we’ll be keeping the celebrations going as we’re joined by more special guests on stage who will keep the waterfront audience on their feet until what’s likely to be one of Queen Anne’s biggest sail away parties ever.  

Guests sailing on this voyage will be able to watch the ceremony from a dedicated viewing area ashore in the heart of the action. Of course, if they prefer to join in the celebrations on board, they can do so, as the event will be broadcast live throughout the ship.   

Special guests for the voyage itself include legendary musician Midge Ure and West End and Broadway star Rachel Tucker, who will be performing live. Whilst Olivier award-winning actress Celia Imrie and boxing icon Frank Bruno will be hosting captivating Insight talks. A number of other guest speakers are set to enlighten guests on board with their knowledge of the rich heritage and natural wonders of the British Isles.   

The day after Queen Anne’s naming ceremony, guests will also be treated to a dazzling celebration dinner to commemorate the occasion.  

Please note, naming ceremony and celebration timings are subject to change.  

More details will be shared soon about a special Queen Anne naming ceremony screening, in the Atrium at Carnival House on Wednesday 5 June. Stay tuned! 

Queen Anne on LinkedIn – Follow, like and share! #CUN4RD

In the run up to Queen Anne’s maiden voyage on 3 May, make sure you’re following Cunard on LinkedIn to stay up-to-date on her journey home and coverage of events during inaugurals week. From her handover to Cunard and her arrival into Southampton, to her setting sail on 3rd May, feel free to post, like, and share, and help us to spread the word about Cunard’s newest Queen!

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