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Cunard’s Celebration: Queen Anne’s Naming Ceremony

Cunard’s Celebration: Queen Anne’s Naming Ceremony

The city of Liverpool was abuzz with excitement as Cunard, one of the world’s most prestigious cruise lines, prepared to unveil its new ship, the Queen Anne. The naming ceremony was a grand affair. With dignitaries and guests from around the world gathering to witness the historic event. 

The Queen Anne, a stunning addition to Cunard’s fleet, was unveiled in all her glory. A true testament to the luxury and elegance that the cruise line is known for.

Richard Cross, Commercial manager for The Travel Village Group was also in attendance;

I have just returned from the naming ceremony of Cunard’s 249th ship Queen Anne in her spiritualist home of Liverpool.

The day started with watching the ship sail into the Mersey at around 6am on Monday 3rd June, many people had started to gather on the banks of the Mersey to witness the spectacle. 

I was invited to join the Cunard team for a Champagne Afternoon Tea at Gino D’Acampo 360 Sky Bar on the 18th floor, offering unrivalled views of Queen Anne, the River Mersey and the city of Liverpool – this was the perfect venue for the pre-event gathering.  After enjoying a sumptuous afternoon tea, I made my way to the historic Liverpool Waterfront and for the ceremony at the Pier Head just prior to 4pm.

The festivities begin: music, dance, and more!

Throughout the whole day, the air was filled with the sounds of joy and celebration. The musical notes of a live orchestra echoed through the crowd, setting the perfect tone for an event of enchantment. 

We were treated to a unique performance from world-renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, plus an impressive line up of talent including special performances from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts and Liverpudlian DJ Lauren Lo Sung.

Visitors were mesmerised by the graceful movements of dancers spinning in synchrony, their vibrant costumes adding an extra flair to the festivities. Laughter and chatter filled the air as guests mingled, sharing stories and toasting to the grandeur of the Queen Anne. 

Guests and dignitaries unite

The Liverpool naming ceremony was not just a celebration of a magnificent ship but also a gathering of esteemed guests and dignitaries from far and wide. As the night progressed, the air hummed with excitement as VIPs mingled with enthusiastic onlookers, creating an atmosphere of camaraderie and elegance. The bond shared among guests and dignitaries truly reflected the timeless allure of Cunard’s majestic Queen Anne.

Cunard officially named their newest ship, and in an industry first, Cunard revealed the City of Liverpool as the godparent for the new ship. Liverpool, being the historic birthplace of Cunard.

On behalf of the city, five distinguished Liverpool icons had been selected. They were to represent the city and officially name Queen Anne.

These distinguished women, embodied the heart and future of Liverpool. Just as Queen Anne does for Cunard. They had been chosen for their significant contributions to culture at a local, national or international level.  

All proud Liverpudlians, they are Spice Girl and author Melanie C, broadcaster and community leader Ngunan Adamu, local restaurant entrepreneur Natalie Haywood, Liverpool music and cultural legend Jayne Casey, and British Olympian heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thomson. 

Queen Anne takes centre stage

The moment everyone had been eagerly awaiting finally arrived – the grand reveal of Queen Anne! The dazzling lights illuminated her grandeur as she took centre stage, capturing the attention of all present. The crowd erupted in cheers and applause, their eyes sparkling with admiration as they beheld the beauty of Cunard’s newest masterpiece. 

Queen Anne stood tall and proud, exuding elegance and sophistication in every detail. A sight to behold, one that will be etched in the memories of all who were fortunate enough to witness this royal spectacle.

Sailing into the future with Queen Anne

Sailing into the future with Queen Anne will be an unforgettable experience! As she gracefully glided through the waters. Her majestic presence promised a voyage filled with luxury, style, and an abundance of royal treatment. 

The possibilities that await onboard are endless – from gourmet dining experiences to lavish entertainment options, Queen Anne is truly a floating palace of opulence. 

Get ready to immerse yourself in a world of comfort and extravagance, where every moment is a celebration of the finer things in life.

Cheers to the new era of luxury and elegance

Cheers to the new era of luxury and elegance! The Liverpool Naming Ceremony was a spectacle to behold, marking the beginning of a grand journey with Queen Anne. 

As we raise our glasses to celebrate this momentous occasion, let’s toast to the opulent experiences that await us onboard. From the exquisite cuisine prepared by world-class chefs to the dazzling performances that will leave us in awe.

Long live Queen Anne and Cunard’s legacy!

The royal celebration in Liverpool was just the beginning of an extraordinary voyage ahead. Queen Anne embodies the essence of elegance and luxury, promising travellers an experience like no other. 

As you eagerly anticipate setting sail with Cunard, let’s continue to raise our glasses to endless adventures and timeless memories created aboard this majestic ship. Cheers to the legacy of Queen Anne and the unforgettable journeys that lie ahead! 

Queen Anne set sail into the Mersey around 10:15pm to a backdrop of music and fireworks continuing her round Britain voyage. 

It was an honour to be at the official naming ceremony of Queen Anne in Cunard’s spiritualist home of Liverpool. The city put on a fantastic show for Queen Anne, her visitors and crew.

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