Cunard has named a female ship captain for its newest luxury liner, the Queen Anne.
How appropriate this announcement is made during Women’s History Month in March!
Congratulations to Captain Inger Klein Thorhauge, who is one of the very few female ship captains in the cruise ship business, and the first female captain at Cunard.
She has been with Cunard for 25 years and became Captain of the Queen Victoria in 2010, and more recently Queen Elizabeth.
Captain Thorhauge will sail Queen Anne from Italy, where she is being built, to Southampton ahead of her inaugural sailing in early 2024.
She started her career in 1997 as Second Officer on board Cunard’s Vistafjord. Originally from the Faroe Islands, her career with the company has seen her travel the world many times over as captain of Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth.
Sharing captain duties will be David Hudson who started his career with Cunard even earlier, in 2006.
Itineraries for Queen Anne will be announced in May 2022.
Meet Captain Thorhauge and the rest of the team behind Queen Anne, from design to dinner. It’s a seven-minute video, utterly promotional, but it also will whet your appetite to book a cruise.
“I am very proud to be Cunard’s first female captain, but to be named as the first captain of Queen Anne is the greatest honor. It means the absolute world to me to be a part of the next chapter of Cunard,” Thorhauge comments.
“I can’t wait to see the reaction Queen Anne will receive from our guests when they first step on board, then to set sail and showcase our beautiful new ship to the world, visiting wonderful, and exciting ports! I can only begin to imagine the reception she will receive. When I discuss Queen Anne with Cunard crew it is so clear how excited and proud they are too, to welcome a new ship to the fleet.
The crew are fundamental in delivering that quintessential Cunard experience, and I know they will continue to deliver the exceptionally high standards of our White Star Service on Queen Anne that our guests expect from us.”
Cunard is a luxury British cruise line, renowned for creating unforgettable experiences around the world. Cunard has been a leading operator of passenger ships on the North Atlantic, since 1840, celebrating an incredible 182 years of operation.
The Cunard experience is built on fine dining, hand-selected entertainment and outstanding service.
From five-star restaurants and in-suite dining to inspiring guest speakers, the library and film screenings, every detail has been meticulously crafted to make the experience unforgettable. Destinations include Europe, the Caribbean, the Far East and Australia.
There are currently three Cunard ships, Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria and a fourth ship, Queen Anne, will be entering service in early 2024. It will be the first time since 1999 that Cunard will have four ships in simultaneous service.
Cunard is based at Carnival House in Southampton and has been owned since 1998 by Carnival Corporation.
For more information about Cunard, or to book a voyage, contact your Travel Consultant, call Cunard at 1-800-728-6273 or visit www.cunard.com.