Cunard has announced a special British Isles Festival on Queen Anne to coincide with her maiden voyage around the British Isles.

Queen Anne will depart Southampton on May 24, for her maiden sailing around Great Britain and Ireland in a one-of-a-kind British Isles circumnavigation.

The 14-night roundtrip voyage will showcase the very best of Britain’s shores, taking in the highland cliffs and the spectacular Scottish coast.

On board, guests can meet the performers during an exclusive programme of dazzling British and Irish entertainment.

Guests can also enjoy talks with expert guest speakers, celebrating the rich heritage and natural wonders of the British Isles.

President of Cunard, Katie McAlister, said: “Christmas has come early for travellers looking to celebrate the arrival of Queen Anne as we announce her British Isles Festival voyage, which will be a real celebration of our newest ship and showcase the very best of Great Britain and Ireland.

“Queen Anne’s maiden voyage around these shores will be a truly historic sailing and I know many of our loyal Cunarders will be eagerly awaiting what will be an iconic journey.”

As the newest addition to the fleet, Cunard has said that the ship's design concepts have been founded on heritage, craftsmanship, style, and innovation.

The 113,000-ton ship can carry 3,000 guests, spans 14 decks and will offer travellers a huge range of entertainment and dining, and more bars than ever before.

She will also boast the widest selection of fitness, beauty, thermal and spa facilities so far seen on a Cunard ship, with her reimagined Mareel Wellness & Beauty proposition heralding a new era of wellbeing at sea.

Throughout her maiden season, Queen Anne will sail from Southampton on itineraries to the Mediterranean, Scandinavia, the Canary Islands, and the Norwegian Fjords.

The ship will be visiting over 60 unique destinations in 16 countries – taking in several of Europe’s most enchanting ancient cities.

She will set sail on May 3 for her seven-night maiden voyage to La Coruna and Lisbon.