Cunard celebrates keel laying of Queen Anne with traditional ceremony in Venice.

27 September 2022 [Southampton, UK]

Cunard recently celebrated the keel laying of its newest ship, Queen Anne, with a traditional, iconic ceremony on 8 September 2022. This ceremony marked the formal start of her construction at the historic Fincantieri Marghera shipyard in Venice, Italy.

The ceremony was attended by the Cunard and Carnival UK leadership team, along with representatives of Fincantieri and their Marghera Shipyard and the guest of honour, Captain of Queen Anne, Inger Thorhauge.

Steeped in tradition, the ceremony marks the official start of a ship’s life, as the keel is laid for a new vessel. The laying of the keel is the formal recognition of the start of construction, and the ceremony heralds the completion of the intensive design and development stage.

To mark the occasion – and acknowledge Cunard’s seafaring heritage and the significance of this exciting new vessel – a Queen Anne coin has been commissioned. This unique coin was embedded into the ship’s keel by Captain Inger Thorhauge, alongside an original coin from the ship’s namesake’s reign.

Carnival UK President, Sture Myrmell said: “We’re thrilled to celebrate this exciting construction milestone for Queen Anne. Over the last three years, world-leading designers have worked with master ship builders at Fincantieri to design a ship that reinforces our position as a world-famous luxury brand across all continents. Queen Anne will be enjoyed for many generations to come, and we look forward to welcoming her to our fleet.”

As Queen Anne takes shape, Cunard celebrates its own journey thus far of over 180 historic years. A ship inspired by the cruise lines past and built for its future, Queen Anne represents a sense of excitement for what lies ahead for this iconic brand. Queen Anne will enter service in 2024 and will make up a remarkable quartet alongside Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria, and Queen Elizabeth.

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