Cunard Line has postponed the launch of its newest cruise ship, the Queen Anne. Originally scheduled to enter service in early 2024, the 3,000-guest ship will now debut in early May, citing numerous shipbuilding challenges such as supply chain and energy shortages. Fincantieri is building the ship for the iconic brand.
“As a result,” the company said in a statement, “our new ship Queen Anne will arrive slightly later than expected.”
“We have automatically transferred guests who had booked or were on the waitlist for the maiden voyage to the new seven-night maiden voyage, which will depart Southampton on May 3 2024, visit La Coruna on May 5 2024, Lisbon on May 7 2024, and return to Southampton on May 10 2024.”
The new maiden season voyages from Southampton to the Mediterranean, Scandinavia, the Canary Islands, and the Norwegian Fjords will be offered by Queen Anne. Voyages will be available for purchase in December. Cunard Line will have four ships in 2024, with the Queen Anne joining the Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria, and Queen Elizabeth.