Cunard has delayed the delivery of its new ship, Queen Anne, due to supply chain issues, the cruise line announced this week.
A common occurrence in post-pandemic cruising, the postponed sailing has resulted in a slight itinerary change: instead of the sold-out maiden cruise from Southampton to Lisbon taking place in January 2024, Queen Anne will now sail three months later.
“Due in part to unforeseen events that have occurred in recent years, the shipbuilding industry, like other industries, has faced numerous challenges including energy shortages and global supply chain constraints. As a result, our new ship Queen Anne will be arriving slightly later than expected,” the cruise line said in a statement.
The new sail date is May 3, 2024, on which the new the 3,000-passenger ship will depart on a seven-night voyage that visits La Coruna and Lisbon.
Guests on the original sailing have been automatically moved to the new inaugural voyage, the line says.
All other guests with impacted bookings (voyages departing from Jan. 4 up to and including April 14 2024) will be given a full refund plus an additional 10 per cent Future Cruise Credit (FCC).
Queen Anne’s inaugural season voyages includes sailings from Southampton to the Mediterranean, Scandinavia, the Canary Islands and the Norwegian Fjords.
The voyages go on sale Dec. 6, 2022, for Cunard World Club members and on general sale on Dec. 7, 2022.
The new vessel will be Cunard's 249th ship in its history and joins Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth within Cunard's fleet.
It will be the first time since 1999 that Cunard operates four ships at sea.
Meanwhile, Cunard sister brand P&O Cruises has also pushed back the maiden voyage of its new 5,200-passenger Excel-class ship, Arvia, from Dec. 9-23 due to external issues.