Celebrating the keel laying of Queen Anne.

The arrival of our 249th ship, Queen Anne, marks a very special time for Cunard. We are excited to continue celebrating each and every step of her creation, the next of which is known as the Keel Laying.

This significant moment in Queen Anne’s history took place in September 2022, at the Fincantieri Marghera shipyard in Venice, Italy. The ceremony was attended by the Fincantieri shipyard team and Carnival leadership team, as well as selected journalists. The Captain of Queen Anne, Inger Klein Thorhauge, attended as our guest of honor.

A maritime tradition.

Steeped in tradition, the Keel Laying ceremony is designed to bring luck to a ship during her construction, and to her Captain and crew while she is in service.

The keel of a ship is her main structural element. It’s the backbone that runs from stem to stern, supporting the entire hull.

The laying of the keel is in essence the formal recognition of the start of construction, and the ceremony heralds the completion of the intensive design and development stage.

Marking the occasion.

To mark the occasion and acknowledge the significance of old and new, a unique Queen Anne coin has been commissioned to sit alongside an original coin from her namesake’s reign. Together, these were embedded into the ship by Captain Thorhauge.

As we watch Queen Anne take shape, we are reminded of our journey thus far. A journey of more than 180 years. A ship inspired by our past and built for our future, Queen Anne represents a sense of excitement for what lies ahead.

Watch the Keel Laying ceremony.

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