Timings for Cunard Queen Anne arrival, naming ceremony and departure at Liverpool’s Pier Head

The Cunard stage is set up on the waterfront for the official naming of Queen Anne
-Credit: (Image: Colin Lane/Liverpool Echo)


Liverpool's Pier Head will host a day of celebrations on Monday when Cunard's newest ship arrives in the city.

Having recently completed her maiden voyage, Cunard's new £600m liner Queen Anne will come to Liverpool on June 3 for her naming ceremony - a moment that is signified by the smashing of a bottle of Champagne against the ship. Hosted by former Busted musician Matt Willis and his wife Emma, the free event at the Pier Head will also include a performance from legendary tenor Andrea Bocelli.

Queen Anne will arrive in Liverpool at 7am and the naming ceremony, which will include the performance by Mr Bocelli, will take place at 4pm. Evening entertainment will begin at 8.30pm and will include a DJ set from Craig Charles as well as a performance from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

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At 10.15pm, Queen Anne will depart from Liverpool to a backdrop of fireworks. The event is free for all to attend.

Here, Liverpool City Council has put together a guide of all you need to know for the day.

When does Queen Anne arrive in Liverpool?

Queen Anne is expected to arrive in Liverpool at 7am with a fire tug escort on Monday, June 3.

When will Queen Anne depart Liverpool?

Queen Anne is expected to depart on the evening of Monday, June 3 at 10.15pm.

I would like to attend the naming ceremony and/or evening celebrations in Liverpool, will I need a ticket to watch?

The event is free and open to all, and tickets will not be required.

Please note, whilst there will be a dedicated viewing area in front of the stage for guests who are travelling on board Queen Anne, the general public can still enjoy the Naming Ceremony from the remainder of the Pier Head.

For the evening celebrations with Craig Charles, the whole of the Pier Head will be open for all to enjoy.

What time will the naming ceremony take place and how long will it be?

The Official Naming of Queen Anne is planned to start at 4pm on Monday, June 3 and will be approximately one hour long finishing at 5pm, at which time there will be an element of street animation to entertain the crowds.

The celebrations will then continue at 8.30pm with special guests on stage, up until Queen Anne’s sail away.

Where is the naming ceremony planned to take place?

The Official Naming of Queen Anne will take place on the Pier Head at Liverpool Waterfront on June 3.

Please note, whilst there will be a dedicated viewing area in front of the stage for guests who are travelling on board Queen Anne, the general public can still enjoy the Naming Ceremony from the remainder of the Pier Head.

For the evening celebrations with Craig Charles, the whole of the Pier Head will be open for all to enjoy.

Will guests sailing on The British Isles Festival Voyage be able to invite friends who have travelled to Liverpool into the dedicated viewing area?

No, the dedicated viewing area is for Cunard guests on board The British Isles Festival Voyage only and is not open to the public.

Who will be performing at the naming ceremony?

Andrea Bocelli, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and local DJ, Lauren Lo Sung will be joining hosts Emma and Matt Willis on stage, with short performances for this unique, one-of-a-kind celebratory performance.

In the evening Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra will be joined by Craig Charles on stage, for a sailaway party for Queen Anne.

Is there an accessible viewing platform?

There will not be an accessible viewing platform for the naming ceremony which takes place between 4pm to 5pm. However, for the evening entertainment from 8.30pm, there is an accessible viewing area for those who should need it. Please note, there is limited space in this area and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Are there any seats?

No, this is a standing event only. Make sure to dress comfortably and for the weather.

Will members of the public be able to go onboard Queen Anne?

No, access onboard the ship will be for passengers and crew only. However incredible views of the ship whilst berthed at the cruise terminal, are possible from Princes Parade and the Pier Head for members of the public throughout the whole day.

Will there be fireworks at the Queen Anne Naming Ceremony?

Yes, there will be a short firework finale that takes place at 10.15pm as we bid farewell to Queen Anne. Anywhere on the Pier Head will offer a good vantage point to watch the fireworks.

Can I bring my drone?

No. Only official drones licensed as part of the event will be allowed.

Can I buy food and drink on-site?

There will be a selection of concessions offering food, drinks and alcoholic beverages on the Pier Head and Princes Parade. Card and cash payments are accepted.

Will there be official merchandise on sale?

Yes, tourist information will be on-site with a range of official Queen Anne Naming Ceremony merchandise from 10am until finish.

Can I bring my own food and drink?

Yes, absolutely. You’re more than welcome to bring your own food and soft drinks which we encourage are carried in recyclable containers.

Are glass bottles allowed?

No glass is permitted on site.

Are there any toilets on site?

Yes, along with accessible portaloos.

Am I able to bring my dog?

We expect the waterfront area to be busy throughout the day and the evening. Therefore we encourage you not to bring any pets along. Assistance dogs, however, are welcome.

Please note, there will be loud music and flashing lights/fireworks as part of the evening celebrations.

Will there be any road closures in operation?

Yes. To enable the events to take place safely it will be necessary to implement the following road closures which will be supported by LCC Traffic management and traffic management stewards.

Event Build: Monday 27 May – Sunday 2 June

08:00 – 20:00: Closure of Canada Boulevard from Water Street to Isle of Mann Gates

Event Day: Monday 3 June

06.30 – 23:00: Princes Parade and St Nicholas Place (Crowne Plaza)

06:00 – 23:00: Water Street, Brunswick Street, Canada Boulevard, Georges Dockway and Mann Island

06:00 – 23:00: Traffic priority system on Georges Dockway

Event De-rig: Tuesday 5 June – Thursday 7 June

08:00 – 20:00: Closure of Canada Boulevard from Water Street to Isle of Mann Gates

The following arrangements have been put in place to assist:

Mann Island Development – Mann Island will be closed on Monday 3 June. Access will be maintained for residents via Brunswick St and George’s Dock Way.

Port of Liverpool Building – Mann Island will be closed on Monday 3 June. Access will be maintained for residents who park in the front car parking spaces via Brunswick St and George’s Dock Way.

Mersey Ferry Terminal / Matou – Pedestrian access will be maintained, please ensure deliveries are made before 10:00am

Crowne Plaza – Access will be maintained via St Nicholas Place (Crowne Plaza).

Liver Building – Access to car parks will be maintained for regular permit holders but access will be through the road closure, please have your building access pass available in your car.

Cunard Building – Access will be maintained for residents who park in the front car parking spaces via Brunswick St.

We would advise all businesses to arrange deliveries outside the road closure times.

Is parking available?

Parking in and around the Three Graces will be restricted due to road closures. However, there are plenty of other car parks in and around the city, some of which you can find here.

As we expect this to be a popular event, we encourage you to use public transport where possible. Please plan your journey in advance. For more information on public transport, please visit: www.merseytravel.gov.uk

What happens if I need medical assistance?

There will be members of staff on site who can offer medical assistance to those should they need it.

What happens if I can’t find my child?

The event is a safe, family-friendly site. However, we must be clear, children remain the responsibility of their parents and guardians – please keep an eye on your little ones.

We will be operating a lost child wristband facility, where young children can have a wristband placed on their wrist with the mobile number of the adult accompanying them. This will enable us to quickly contact you should you become separated from your child.

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