On board Queen Anne
Learn about the dining venues, outdoor spaces and spa facilities on board Queen Anne.
Read about Captain Inger’s ever-increasing excitement, as she watches the development of Queen Anne first-hand.
"Call it a seafarer’s romantic notion, but this process, when water floods into a previously dry dock, raising the hull of the new ship for the first time, is immensely powerful. It’s that transition which sees the complex jigsaw of huge, assembled steel blocks meet water which, I believe, turns a hull into a ship.
Hours before the dock valves were opened, I descended to the dry floor of the huge construction site at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard near Venice. With the flood of hundreds of thousands of litres of water imminent, the dry dock had been cleared and was looking shipshape. It was a striking experience to see Queen Anne’s sophisticated azipod propulsion system beneath her stern."
"Our partners at Fincantieri have vast skill and experience in the complex processes of modern shipbuilding. Their techniques have transformed the way ships are built. It is these new methods which have done away with the conventional launch of the ship’s entire, assembled hull down a slip way. In place of this often-magical moment has come the Float Out.
Filling a vast dry dock with water is not the work of a few moments in the way sending a hull down a slip way used to be, but our Italian friends certainly made sure the event was both memorable and spectacular. Taking centre stage for the ceremony was Queen Anne’s madrina or godmother, Roberta Mundula who was selected for her contribution to ship deliveries at Fincantieri during her almost thirty years of service, and she appeared to be truly thrilled and humbled by her role on the quayside.
Together during those few hours at the shipyard, we shared many moments reflecting on the honour we both have in being centre-stage as the next chapter of Cunard’s 183-year history is being written. And together, we cannot wait to share many more historic moments with you during Queen Anne’s maiden season in 2024. Afloat for the first time, our new ship truly is where she belongs."
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