With less than 50 days to go until Queen Anne’s maiden voyage, Cunard has revealed some of the new deck games that guests can play on board its newest ship.

The luxury cruise line has celebrated deck games for more than a century, and now Cunard can announce an exclusive partnership with Pickleball England, the English governing body of one of the fastest growing sports in the UK and North America*.

Pickleball At Sea - © 2024 USA Pickleball. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Pickleball At Sea – © 2024 USA Pickleball. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Pickleball is a mixture of tennis, badminton and table tennis and can be played by singles or in pairs, either indoors or outside, and Queen Anne’s top deck will boast its very own state-of-the-art Pickleball court. 

Queen Anne will also be the only ship in the world where travellers can master their archery skills with a real bow and arrow, as Cunard elevates its deck game offering with a new Archery GB partnership. 

The partnership connects Cunard with world leading athletes and Olympic coaches, with on board instructors accredited by Archery GB.

The 3,000-guest ship will be an official Archery GB activity centre, where guests will be able to learn the basics with in-person coaching, compete with fellow travellers and enjoy a social introduction to the sport.

Sky Bar and Observation Deck

Guests will find Queen Anne’s spectacular Sky Bar and Observation Deck a haven for deck game enthusiasts.

Located at the forward of the ship on deck 14, this day-round venue is a wonderfully multi-purpose destination, complete with some of the most uninhibited views of any outside space on board.  

Golfers will enjoy the putting green and fully stocked driving range, allowing travellers to practise their game surrounded by sparkling sea views or overlooking stunning port landscapes.

Deck Quoits - Image © Carnival PLC
Deck Quoits – Image © Carnival PLC

The ever-popular deck quoits and shuffleboard courts will also be based in the Observation Deck and Sky Bar, offering travellers the perfect vantage point from which to enjoy some friendly competition. 

Katie McAlister, President of Cunard, said: “Whether it’s pickleball, archery, or world class shows and lectures, Cunard is committed to providing guests with a wealth of activities to choose from whatever mood or interest may take them. Our on board entertainment has always been at the heart of what we do, and we look forward to Queen Anne continuing this trend in the future.” 

*Pickleball England. Official figures show that the number of Pickleball venues across the country grew by 378% between 2019 and 2023, whilst the estimated number of Pickleball England members stands at 20,000 – up from 2,000 just five years ago. The game is hugely popular in the USA, too, where there are an estimated 8 million Pickleball players (USA Pickleball: Annual Growth Report), including the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, George Clooney, and the Kardashians.

Source: Cunard Media Centre

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