The new Cunard cruise ship Queen Anne received her funnel on 14 April, as Cunard’s iconic red and black funnel was secured onto the luxury cruise line’s newest ship.

This significant construction milestone, known as the ‘funnel lift,’ took place at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, and takes the remarkable ship one step closer to her maiden voyage in May 2024.

It is an important shipbuilding moment that marks the installation of one of the ship’s most recognisable features.

Queen Anne will be the 249th ship to sail under the Cunard flag, completing an impressive quartet alongside flagship Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria – the first time since 1999 that Cunard will have four Queens at sea.

Cunard’s distinctive red and black funnels have adorned its ships for more than 150 years, becoming synonymous with the company’s rich seafaring heritage and reputation for luxury ocean travel.

Their design is the brainchild of Robert Napier, the shipyard owner who built some of Cunard’s earliest ships. The colour scheme endures to this day, making Cunard ships instantly identifiable in ports across the world.

The design concepts for QUEEN ANNE have been founded on heritage, craftmanship, style, storytelling, and innovation, and the 113,000-ton, 3,000-guest ship, which spans 14 decks, will house the largest curated art collection at sea.

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