Cunard announces designs for all accommodations on its newest and 249th ship, Queen Anne, which is scheduled to launch in early 2024 with maiden season itineraries announced next week.
Matt Gleaves, Cunard’s newly appointed VP, Commercial - North America and Australasia, stressed the importance of North America as an increasingly key market for Cunard citing the opportunity of 40% growth potential across the U.S. and Canada with the introduction of Queen Anne to the fleet. The arrival of a fourth ship to the fleet provides Cunard the opportunity to increase the number of sailings in Alaska, Australia and Japan. Investments in advertising and promotions and increasing support of the travel advisor community are being made to develop new potential markets.
Gleaves stated, “As we step into the next chapter of Cunard’s storied history, Queen Anne provides a platform to evolve the future of the brand and bring reimagined Cunard signature experiences to new audiences. We are confident in the North American market and believe there is significant opportunity for growth. Queen Anne will celebrate what makes Cunard so special in a way that is relevant for today’s luxury traveller, appealing to both our existing loyal guests and those sailing with us for the first time.”
Queen Anne’s accommodation designs were also announced at Seatrade today. Bridging tradition and contemporary luxury, Queen Anne celebrates the influential design styles of both past and present. World renowned designers David Collins Studio, Richmond International and Sybille De Margerie have joined forces under Creative Director Adam D. Tihany’s direction to create an extraordinary and thoughtful standard-setting design - inspiring a new way to travel at sea.
The talents’ portfolios include luxury hotels, spas, restaurants and bars, as well as high end yachts, and private grand residences. For the first time David Collins Studio and Sybille de Margerie are taking their land based expertise to the ship experience.The principle concept was founded on heritage, craftsmanship, storytelling, style and innovation. These five pillars ultimately became the design DNA for the ship, and accordingly, the engine of inspiration for the designers, working together in unison.
The design teams spent time in Liverpool to immerse themselves in the Cunard Archives to unearth details from past Cunard ships preserved for decades and to reinterpret Cunard Art Deco design for the future. No stone was left unturned, from iconic poster advertisements, brochure covers and plans of grand spaces of Cunard’s early deco inspired ships, to deliver a ship concept that rivals the finest in hospitality experienced on shore.
Lewis Taylor, Design Director at David Collins Studio commented, “We had the unique opportunity to explore the fascinating trove of the Cunard Archives which is housed within the University of Liverpool and provides a wealth of photographs, onboard pieces, details on layout, materials, fabrics, patterns and textures, plus business documents and marketing collateral, including menus and other ephemera. This experience was at the core of the design inspiration for Queen Anne.”
Each stateroom category on Queen Anne has a distinct design direction and inspiration. The Britannia cabins comprise the majority of accommodations onboard and celebrate the deep blue of the ocean, glistening with flashes of gold to reflect the sunshine. The cabins feature mesmerizing three-dimensional paper cut deco frames celebrating deco patterns from Cunard’s history. Bespoke wall coverings offer a print pattern which takes inspiration from the Cunard crest and laurel with still life photography of historical Cunard objects in a bold, colourful presentation.
The Princess Grill suites are enveloped in sumptuous Cunard red and gold tones and warm wooden furnishings. And the ship’s premier category, the Queens Grill, has a bold art deco design using luxurious materials in deep shades of purple and wood intended for refined relaxation and entertainment.
The Grand and Master Suites are designed as luxe residences in subtle shades of green, purple, taupe and grey, framed with wood and marble highlights, intended to be a private enclave for entertaining friends on board. Each of the top six suites has been named after an iconic waterway that was important to Cunard throughout their history including Mersey, Solent, Boston, Hudson, Halifax and Clyde. Even the bathrooms will feature a black and white photo series documenting the construction of Queen Anne, created by world-renowned photographer Michael Mann.
The Grand Lobby is the focal point where the new Cunard deco design anchors itself and echoes throughout each space on the ship. Overall, the design of Queen Anne is an evolution from the rest of the fleet and will be an exciting, bolder contemporary interpretation of Cunard’s design.
Cunard continues its rich heritage of honoring the names of each Queen Regnant over the last millennium: Mary, Victoria, Elizabeth and now, Queen Anne. Queen Anne heralded in a new era of culture and design emulating much that Cunard stands for today: a deep commitment to the arts and innovation with a sense of style and tradition that stands the test of time.