Cunard’s new ship Queen Anne arrives in Southampton

Cunard’s new ship, Queen Anne, was greeted by a water salute as she arrived in the UK for the first time.

The liner, which can carry 3,000 guests, entered her home port of Southampton on Tuesday night.

The 113,000-tonne vessel sailed to the south coast after being built over five years at the Fincantieri Marghera shipyard in Venice, Italy.

Tug boats sprayed water as the ship arrived
Tug boats sprayed water as the ship arrived (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Her maiden passenger voyage begins on Friday when she departs for Lisbon, Portugal.

Cunard president Katie McAlister said: “We are immensely proud of Queen Anne.

“Not only does she reflect the Cunard distinctive style on the outside, the inside perfectly echoes the brand heritage with reimagined, elegant spaces and designs.

“We can’t wait to welcome guests on board for her maiden voyage.”

Queen Anne has become the fourth ship in Cunard’s current fleet.