Following the name reveal of Queen Anne on February 8, Cunard has detailed the ship’s design. Designers David Collins Studio, Richmond International and Sybille de Margerie, working with Creative Director Adam D. Tihany, will collaborate to create a modern approach to the venues, suites and décor. For the first time David Collins Studio and Sybille de Margerie are taking their land-based expertise to the ship experience.
The design teams tapped into the Cunard Archives, held at the University of Liverpool, sourcing a trove of documents and details on layout, materials, fabrics, patterns and textures. The teams considered poster advertisements, brochure covers and plans of grand spaces of Cunard's early deco-inspired ships.
Here’s what to expect: The Queens Grill Grand Suites offer guests their own private residences on board and “deliver a new level of exclusivity.” They will have a dedicated dining room and adjacent butler's pantry, walk-in wardrobes, marble-finished bathrooms with views out to sea, a bedroom and the largest balconies onboard. The Princess Grill Suites will have a bespoke dressing table and bar area with a pattern wall panel inspired by Cunard's past liners, sculpted ceiling panels and grand saloon carpets. The Britannia balcony staterooms will provide cozy sofa seating areas looking out to sea, as well as bright bathrooms with glass walk-in showers.
A focal point for guests and the heart of the ship, the Grand Lobby houses a contemporary metal mural sculpture that changes throughout the day by the lighting effect integrated within with an art deco leaning in homage to the 'Golden Age' of travel. Guests can also expect an updated Royal Court Theatre. The two-deck, 825-seat space will offer velvet seating and a variety of entertainment throughout the day and night.
Among the 15 restaurants on, guests can expect the Britannia Restaurant, in addition to a refined Golden Lion pub. A first in Cunard's fleet, Queen Anne will also exclusively reveal a new wellness and beauty concept, offering a selection of fitness, beauty, thermal and spa suite facilities with a contemporary aesthetic.
Another first for Cunard, the updated exterior of the ship will sport the famous red funnel but also will debut a refined updated livery, with a “finessed” design of its crest and the introduction of a new font.
Queen Anne will set sail in early 2024, with its inaugural season available to book from May 2022.