Queen Anne cruising firsts

During her first year in service, Queen Anne will make dozens of maiden calls to ports and countries around the world. Be a part of her first-time visits to some of our favourite destinations with these special voyages.

Maiden calls for Queen Anne

When a ship calls into port for the first time, it's a very special occasion, for locals and travellers alike. It's not uncommon to see people gathering portside to welcome the ship in, to gaze at her during the day, and - for some ports in particular - send her off again in style. In some ports you may find extra special celebrations happening: in the past, Sydney welcomed Queen Elizabeth with a spectacular light display, whereas Kiel in Germany featured a drinks reception on shore for Queen Victoria's guests. You never know what you could experience!

An historic moment

Maritime tradition calls for a special ceremony at every maiden port call; the plaque exchange. The ship's captain will meet with local dignitaries and exchange specially-designed plaques, signifying the relationship between Cunard and the port community. If another cruise ship is docked, the ships may exchange plaques too.

As plaques are collected from ports all around the world, they are displayed on board. Guests on Queen Mary 2, for example, may know well her admirable collection, displayed in the corridor behind the Illuminations theatre on deck 2.

First-time visits

Be on board for Queen Anne's first visit to some of our favourite destinations during her first year at sea, from a week-long escape to the tranquil Norwegian fjords, to her maiden Full World Voyage of over 100 nights.

Canary Islands

Queen Anne's first visit to the Canaries comes right after her maiden voyage in May 2024. Guests can be among the first to experience her myriad venues and unique spaces, all while enjoying the sun and flavour of these colourful Spanish islands.

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British Isles

This special British Isles voyage isn't just full of maiden calls, but is also her first Event Voyage: The British Isles Festival Voyage. Guests will be treated to a special programme of on board events, including famous guests and Queen Anne's official naming ceremony in Liverpool. Join us and be part of our history!

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Norway

A must-see cruise destination, Norway and its picturesque fjords appear early in Queen Anne's life at sea. Join her in June 2024 for a week-long exploration of sapphire channels and verdant slopes, with a perfect balance of port and sea days to explore ship and shore.

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Full World Voyage

January 2025 will see Queen Anne set sail on her glorious Maiden World Voyage. A full circumnavigation of the globe from either Southampton or Hamburg, this incredible adventure includes calls to buzzing Asian cities, perfect South Pacific islands, and a transit through the world-famous Panama Canal.

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Queen Anne's first Christmas

Join Queen Anne on one of her first Christmas voyages to the Canary Islands. Escape from the wintery weather at home, and enjoy a Cunard Christmas dinner with all the trimmings - with no need to wash up afterwards!

H501, 22 Dec 2024 - 5 Jan 2025

Sail roundtrip from Southampton for a two-week escape to the vibrant and volcanic Canary Islands. See the local decorations and take part in the festivities both on board and on shore.

H431C, 20 Dec 2024 - 7 Jan 2025

Take this roundtrip voyage from Hamburg and enjoy the Canary Islands in all their splendour over both Christmas and New Years, with calls to Tenerife, Lanzarote and Madeira. Extend your stay in Hamburg to see the Christmas markets as an added festive bonus!

Iconic ports of call

With hundreds of ports on her itinerary for the first twelve months, Queen Anne will be a brand new sight on the horizon for people all over the globe. Enjoy her first sail-ins to many famous destinations: we have picked out a few favourites.

New York

Join Queen Anne in Southampton for her first Transatlantic Crossing to the glittering towers of New York City. Whether you disembark here to explore the Big Apple, or rejoin Queen Anne for her first World Voyage, this will be a sail-in to remember.

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Civitavecchia

Gateway to Rome, Civitevecchia is a quintessential Italian port, with sights and flavours aplenty. Enjoy Queen Anne's first visit (of many) to this beautiful town. Why not extend your stay with one of our Rome hotel packages?

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Sydney

Sail into one of the most famous port cities in the world on Queen Anne for the very first time on her first World Voyage. This buzzing city loves Cunard ships, with people often flocking to shore to spot their iconic red funnels.

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Hamburg

Take a short journey from Southampton and witness Hamburg's first visit from Queen Anne. Disembark to explore this famous German port town and travel onwards, or get back on board and head northwards to Norway's famous fjords.

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