Cruise & Ferry Review - Spring/Summer 2022

3 2 MARKETWATCH Cunard is to name its newest ship Queen Anne when she begins sailing in early 2024. The ship will be the 249th in the cruise line’s history and will increase the size of its fleet to four vessels for the first time since 1999. The name Queen Anne continues the cruise line’s tradition of naming each of its ships after ruling British queens. Cunard engaged with British historian, author and television presenter Kate Williams to assist in research into Queen Anne’s reign while considering possible names. Queen Anne will offer redesigned Cunard signature spaces and will introduce new dining, cultural and entertainment experiences. Her décor will feature bold colour tones and will be inspired by a combination of past and present design styles, while an updated Cunard livery will also be introduced on the ship’s hull. Queen Anne’s first sailings are scheduled for early 2024. Cunard to name new cruise ship Queen Anne Royal Caribbean International’s newest ship, Wonder of the Seas, made her official debut in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on 4 March 2022. The cruise line marked the completion of the threeyear construction project for the ship with a traditional flag-changing ceremony at Chantiers de l’Atlantique’s shipyard in Marseille, France, on 27 January. Representatives of Royal Caribbean were present at the ceremony, including Richard Fain, chairman of Royal Caribbean Group; Jason Liberty, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean Group; and Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International. Following her debut in Florida, Wonder of the Seas will head to the Mediterranean for the summer season. Wonder of the Seas joins Royal Caribbean International Valiant Lady, the second of Virgin Voyages’ four ‘Lady ships’, will debuted in Portsmouth, UK, in March 2022, then visit both London International Cruise Terminal in Tilbury and Liverpool, UK, before sailing to her new homeport in Barcelona, Spain, in May. Similar to her sister ship, Scarlet Lady, Valiant Lady features 1,330 cabins, 78 RockStar Quarters and two Massive Suites. While onboard, guests will be able to enjoy live entertainment, health and wellness facilities, and dining experiences curated by Michelinstarred chefs. Valiant Lady’s itineraries include longer port stays and overnight stays at islands such as Palma de Mallorca and Ibiza in Spain. Virgin Voyages to launch Valiant Lady in March 2022