Cunard’s Queen Anne makes historic maiden call to Liverpool ahead of Naming Ceremony

Cunard’s newest ship Queen Anne has arrived in the luxury cruise line’s spiritual home of Liverpool ahead of tonight’s official Naming Ceremony, headlined by operatic superstar Andrea Bocelli.

The ship’s arrival attracted large numbers of spectators to various vantage points along the banks of the River Mersey as the 249th ship to fly under the Cunard flag made her maiden call to Liverpool. 

Liverpool was the birthplace of Cunard with its first transatlantic crossing departing 184 years ago in July 1840, and it was the company’s headquarters for 128 years. The love and affection the people of Liverpool still have for all things Cunard is clear – never more so than when a Cunard ship arrives on the Mersey. 

The time-honoured Naming Ceremony, a tradition believed to bestow good fortune upon the new vessel, will officially introduce the most beautiful ship at sea to its spiritual home, continuing the seafaring tradition by smashing a bottle of champagne against Queen Anne. 

As the newest addition to the Cunard fleet, Queen Anne‘s design concepts have been founded on heritage, craftmanship, style, storytelling, and innovation, and the 113,000-ton, 3,000-guest ship, which spans 14 decks, offers travellers several breath-taking experiences, and more choices of entertainment, dining, and bars than ever before. 

Throughout her maiden season, Queen Anne is sailing from Southampton on itineraries to the Mediterranean, Scandinavia, the Canary Islands, and the Norwegian Fjords, visiting over 60 unique destinations in 16 countries – taking in several of Europe’s most enchanting ancient cities. 

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