A new milestone.

On 29 April Cunard reached a milestone in the building of Queen Anne, its 249th ship, with the successful launch of the forward lower section of the ship, also known as the troncone, in Italy at Fincantieri's Castellammare di Stabia shipyard.

The launch ceremony is a traditional custom that celebrates a ship being transferred from land to water for the first time and as the troncone slid down the inclined slipway, a bottle of sparkling wine was swung and smashed against her hull for good luck.

Queen Anne’s troncone measures 541 feet (165 metres) long, 117 feet (35.6 metres) wide and weighs 12,402 tons (11,251 tonnes).

This section of Queen Anne will now be sailed by tugboats through the Messina Strait, a narrow strait between the eastern tip of Sicily (Punta del Faro) and the western tip of Calabria (Punta Pezzo) in Southern Italy to Fincantieri's Marghera, Venice shipyard where Queen Anne’s build will be completed.

Watch as Queen Anne meets the water.

Queen Anne will set sail on her maiden season in 2024.