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Cunard: Queen Anne Review

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Back in the day when Sagafjord and Vistafjord, those beautiful little Norwegian America ships, arguably the best in the world at the time, were acquired by Cunard, our founder Paul Mundy was a champion of this traditional British brand. What a delight, then, to find ourselves in Southampton glimpsing the iconic red and black funnel atop a completely new ship, the lovely Queen Anne. We couldn't quite imagine how it would feel to be on board the biggest Cunard ship yet, with capacity for 3,000 guests. Read my review of Cunard's Queen Anne below.

Cunard traditions are ingrained into our roots at Mundy, although we don't talk much about the brand today. In the Lonsdale years, Cunard highlights included the naming of Caronia in Liverpool in December 1999, followed by a lumpy journey through the Irish Sea surrounded by venerable UK celebrities; the glorious naming of Queen Mary 2 when we 'bumped into' Her Majesty; and reports back from Queen Elizabeth over the year our son was working on board as part of his degree course.

cunard queen anne restaurant

Bear in mind I am not a dyed in the wool Cunarder, so I was not viewing with the critical eye of a Cunard traditionalist, but first impressions were very favourable. Familiar locations such as the Red Lion pub, the Chart Room and the Queens Room had that classic Cunard feel overlaid with a fresh contemporary style to create a fresh new look for this much loved brand.

Cunard Queen Anne spa sauna

Stand-out for me was the amazing two level spa and fitness centre where I could imagine spending many a happy hour, particularly in the inviting central thermal suite. I wandered into the Royal Court Theatre to find a theatrical performance in full swing - a timely reminder of the breadth of entertainment offered on a Cunard cruise.

The sparkling Carinthia Lounge was reminiscent of a buzzing Viennese coffee house, while the adjacent boutiques were certainly offering quite an upgraded shopping experience.

Cunard Queen Anne bar

Guests will love the variety of dining options including an enticing Indian restaurant, whilst their regular restaurant will be a delight to visit, whether a Queens Grill guest or a lowly Britannia Restaurant customer: this pretty two level venue brings glamour and shine just as you would expect from a Cunard cruise.

Spacious and well-appointed accommodation throughout means there is something to suit every budget, so if you are looking for a touch of tradition brought to you with all the trappings of a brand new ship, Queen Anne is a great option.

Cunard Queen Anne bright lights society
Meet the author

Edwina Lonsdale is Managing Director and together with husband Matthew, owner of Mundy Cruising. Most recently she's cruised on Windstar and has also sailed with Silversea, Seabourn, Regent Seven Seas, Crystal, SeaDream, Ponant, AmaWaterways and Aqua Expeditions. Her favourite destination is the Galapagos however she's also enjoyed cruises in the Mediterranean, Danube, Middle East, East Africa & Indian Ocean, Brahmaputra, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, the Mekong, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, the Caribbean and the Arctic. When she’s not travelling she loves reading, food and wine.

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