Cunard Line has revealed that its upcoming new cruise ship Queen Anne will have an all-new music lounge and an art collection of 4,300 pieces, many of which will be by new artists.
Queen Anne is Cunard’s first new ship in 12 years and will increase the line’s passenger capacity by 40%, accommodating 3,000 passengers.
In addition to a new music lounge, it will also debut Cunard gin, Laurent Perrier champagne and three new beers.
The new features to be found aboard Queen Anne were revealed during an “immersive” experience held in London for travel industry representatives this week.
The new lounge, called The Bright Lights Society, will be a live music venue featuring a range of performers where, according to Cunard, “no two nights are the same.”
The Bright Lights Society seems to be Cunard’s response to the Lincoln Centre Stage and Music Walk aboard Holland America Line, and is an example of the 182-year-old cruise line’s ongoing evolution.
“We are a heritage and luxury brand, but we also need to evolve. We want people to come onboard and see things they weren’t expecting. It is a ship that is inspired by the past but designed for the future,” Angus Struthers, Senior Vice President, Cunard Line, told Cruise Critic.
Similarly, the 4,300 pieces of specially commissioned art from more than 3,000 artists will providing both a contemporary take on Cunard’s history and a springboard for many upcoming painters and sculptors.
The ship also features design elements inspired by longtime Cunard passengers, such as the doing away of the traditional West End-style three-tier theatres found aboard Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria.
Instead, Queen Anne’s Royal Court Theatre will feature just to levels, in order to give passengers better sight lines. It will also be one of the largest in the fleet, seating 825 people.
And while Queen Anne will feature the Grand Lobby and Queens Room so quintessential to the Cunard brand, the cruise line has indicated that they will be reimagined for the new ship, although it will only release further details in the coming months.
Queen Anne’s maiden voyage is scheduled for May 2024. She is scheduled to depart from Southampton on May 3rd, 2024 for her maiden voyage, a seven-night sailing visiting La Coruna and Lisbon.