A New Queen Rules the Seas-Queen Victoria Sets Sail December 2007
by Roy Witman © 2008
For the first time in its history, Cunard Cruise Line
will have three stately ladies ruling the seas. The
trio includes Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth 2 and -
as of December 2007 - Queen Victoria. Though
many aspects of Queen Victoria will ring true with
Cunard cruise enthusiasts, she quickly shows she has
her own personality and her own agenda.
What passengers will relish most is Queen
Victoria's dedication to the Cunard standard of
luxurious White Star Service at every turn. This
dedication by every crewmember ensures each guest
is utterly pampered with his/her every request being
Grandeur and Elegance Reign Supreme
Following in her sisters' footsteps, Queen Victoria
has been elegantly adorned with an exceptional
décor reminiscent of the most elegant ships ever to
sail. A common element found throughout the ship is
the use of interesting and sometimes dramatic
The English Library spans two decks and houses
over 6,000 books. The central point is a delightfully
wonderful spiral staircase leading from 2 Deck to 3
Deck. Two full-time librarians are available to assist
with finding the perfect novel to whisk you away to
The three-tiered Grand Lobby offers finishes of
mahogany and marble along with intricate metalwork
and ornamental glass. However, what is truly grand
about this lobby is the sweeping staircase laced with
wrought iron and a marble stringer. Unmistakably
sophisticated, this centerpiece is offset by a
chandelier and other details one would expect on a
ship of this caliber.
The Britannia Restaurant, the main dining room,
set in the stern of the vessel, offers yet another
classic architectural highlight with its expansive
staircase framed by decorative pillars, archways, and
bronze and glasswork accents. Described by Cunard
as a “contemporary interpretation of a dramatic and
elegant restaurant from the golden age of liners,”
Britannia will offer exceptional cuisine intended to
impress travelers from all across the globe.
New Innovations Enhance Traditions
Those familiar with Cunard will recognize the
comfortably sized interior and ocean view
staterooms. Expertly designed to offer the most
space, all cabins offer bathrobe and slippers,
hairdryer, safe, refrigerator, satellite TV, 24-hour
room service and nightly turndown service complete
with pillow chocolates.
For those seeking a more elaborate cruise
vacation, Queen Victoria will not disappoint.
Staterooms are available in Princess Grill and Queen's
Grill suites with up to 2,131 square feet. Amenities
include private courtyards, dedicated wait staff,
marble bath with whirlpool and impressive ocean
views via your private balcony.
Delightful surprises aboard Queen Victoria include
al fresco dining in the Courtyard Terrace, private box
seats on the upper level of the Royal Court Theater
and a grand conservatory complete with retractable
glass roof and luxurious rattan furniture.
Queen Victoria also offers the latest technology
via an Internet café and the ConneXions Conference
Center, which will accommodate enrichment programs
as well as business events.
Sailing the World
Queen Victoria will enter service December 2007
with two maiden voyages: one 10-day voyage on
December 11 to Northern Europe and one 16-day
cruise on December 21 to the Canary Islands and
Morocco. Unlike her sister ships, Queen Victoria will
offer primarily longer itineraries of 21 days or
Sailing the world, Queen Victoria can transport
guests to such exotic locales as Singapore, Sydney,
the Caribbean and the Mexican Riviera. For those
who truly want it all, Queen Victoria offers 106-day
world cruises as well.
Steeped in a heritage of classic elegance, Queen
Victoria is a legacy offering incomparable service
combined with unique onboard experiences and
exceptional ports of call. For avid cruisers, she will
provide any opportunity for adventure and romance
like no other.
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