The Historic Naming of Cunards Queen Anne on the Mersey

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Wednesday, June 5, 2024

On Monday 3 June 2024, thousands gathered at Liverpool Pier Head to celebrate the official naming of Cunard’s newest ship, Queen Anne. During her maiden trip to the city, Mersey Ferries passengers were given a unique opportunity to get a close-up look at Cunard’s new Queen Anne cruise ship. 

Throughout the day, we hosted a variety of special cruises for passengers to enjoy. Our usual River Explorer Cruises were given the special Cunard treatment, with live commentary from a Blue Badge Guide and live music from one of our favourite local performers, Callum Mac. The River Explorer Cruise route was changed slightly to allow passengers to get a much closer view of Queen Anne, providing the perfect angle to capture incredible photos and videos of the stunning new vessel. 

During the Special Afternoon Viewing Cruise, Queen Anne moved off the Pier Head berth and came mid-river, in front of the Cunard building, for her official naming ceremony. Our Snowdrop (Dazzle Ferry) ferry followed her closely to allow passengers to share the experience of this historic moment.  

In the evening, passengers joined us on board to wish her farewell as she set off to continue her maiden voyage. On a special two-hour cruise, we enjoyed live music and live commentary from Blue Badge Guide, Sylvia, before passengers were treated to stunning views of the celebratory fireworks.  

The naming of the Queen Anne is really prestigious to the city region, Liverpool is Cunard’s ancestral home. The way the city region produces events like this and Eurovision last year, encourages this sort of event to be brought to the city region.

Dave Poole

Mersey Ferries Customer Operations Manager



Watch the video below to find out more about Mersey Ferries part in the historic day.