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Cunard’s New Queen Anne to Make Maiden Call at Cromarty Firth

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The Port of Cromarty Firth – the gateway to the Highlands – is set to welcome Cunard’s newest ship later this month.  

Queen Anne will arrive at Invergordon on 29 May as part of its spectacular British Isles Festival Voyage – a celebratory ‘lap of honour’ circumnavigation of the British Isles, which includes maiden calls at other stunning locations in Scotland. 

Queen Anne is scheduled alongside early in the morning and expected to depart in the evening followed by daylight scenic coastal cruising bound for Greenock where Cunard’s long and historic association with the Clyde will be recorded. 

Her arrival in the region is anticipated to attract significant interest as the 249th ship to fly under the Cunard flag makes her maiden call. 

The British Isles Festival Voyage  

Guests on the voyage will have an exclusive chance to be part of a unique event in Cunard’s history that will include a host of surprise celebrations at Liverpool’s world-famous Pier Head, with the original iconic Cunard Building at its heart.  

Hosted by Busted rocker Matt Willis and his celebrated TV presenter wife, Emma, Queen Anne’s Naming Ceremony will boast an impressive line-up of eminent entertainers for a night of unforgettable live performances as Queen Anne makes her maiden call into Cunard’s spiritual home. 

The 14-night British Isles Festival Voyage will depart Southampton on 24 May with maiden calls to Greenock, Belfast, Cork, and Liverpool and a programme of exciting on board experiences that showcase the best of Britain and Ireland’s shores.  

The events in Liverpool will be a truly treasured memory for Cunard on the historical waterfront of a city that the luxury cruise line has such an incredible bond with. 

Queen Anne will sail from the Mersey for Cobh, Ireland before her return to Southampton. 

On board, a special programme of dazzling entertainment and exclusive Cunard Insights talks with renowned expert speakers will reflect the unique heritage and natural wonders of the British Isles as guests take their place in history for the beginning of a new chapter in Cunard’s 184-year history. 

Katie McAlister, President of Cunard, said:  

“Queen Anne’s British Isles Festival Voyage will celebrate the very best of Great Britain and Ireland where Invergordon will forever hold a special place in Cunard history.

“Queen Anne’s maiden voyage around these shores will be a truly historic sailing for Cunard.”

Queen Anne 

Whatever your dream destination, discover it with Queen Anne.

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

She will also boast the widest selection of fitness, beauty, thermal and spa facilities so far seen on a Cunard ship, with her reimagined Mareel Wellness & Beauty proposition heralding a new era of wellbeing at sea. 

Throughout her maiden season, Queen Anne will sail 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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