LAUNCH OF NEW QUEEN ELIZABETH IN 2010 PUTS THREE ULTRA-LUXURY CUNARD SHIPS AT SEA 

With the introduction of the Queen Elizabeth in late 2010, ultra-luxury cruise line Cunard will once again be sailing three ships in the industry’s youngest fleet at sea.  The following summarizes the trio’s sailing plans for next year and early 2011:

Queen Elizabeth

The Queen Elizabeth, named after Cunard’s original ship of the same name that debuted in 1938, will debut in October 2010.  The cruise line says it will reflect her predecessor in interior grandeur, décor and style, but with modern amenities.  Shipboard activities will reflect those of the era of the first Queen Elizabeth.

Its maiden voyage season will include an inaugural two-week cruise of Spain, Portugal and Atlantic islands.  Leaving Southampton, England the ship will stop in Lisbon, Vigo and Seville, Spain; Gran Canaria, Tenerife and La Palma in the Canary Islands; and Madeira.  The new ocean liner will then embark on a series of celebratory inaugural voyages, including 14-day cruise to the Mediterranean region; an 18-day Aegean sailing; a five-day cruise to Rotterdam, Brussels and Cherbourg; a 13-day Iberia/Atlantic islands voyage and a 22-day Caribbean Cruise. 

Queen Victoria

The Queen Victoria will spend most of next year in Europe, sailing to the British Isles before repositioning in Venice for cruises between Venice and Rome or Barcelona.  These cruises will feature the ship’s first-time overnight stays in Venice, Istanbul and Barcelona.  During winter 2011, the Queen Victoria will be based in the Americas, where it will traverse the Panama Canal en route from New York to Los Angeles over 17 days.  From there, the ocean liner will embark on two new 14-day cruises to Hawaii, including a maiden call at Nawiliwili (Kauai). 

Queen Mary 2

Considered the grandest ocean liner in the world, the Queen Mary 2 will continue her reign of the Atlantic next year with 21 Transatlantic crossings between New York and Southampton, Cherbourg or Hamburg.  “Grand” voyages also will be offered, enabling guests to combine a Transatlantic crossing with a cruise to the Mediterranean region.  Next summer, the Queen Mary 2 also will offer guests the chance to add a “getaway” sailing to Northern Europe from Southampton and Hamburg, including maiden calls in the North Cape and Tromso, Norway.

Cunard calls the Queens Room “a new take on the traditional Cunard ballroom, with artwork depicting views from royal palaces and photography of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family.”

The Garden Lounge, with its vaulted glass ceiling, will be a place where guests enjoy supper clubs and dance under the stars, Cunard said.

The Games Deck, named after the same deck on the original Queen Elizabeth, will offer paddle tennis, croquet and bowls (a game similar to bocce).

The Britannia Club, a restaurant that debuted on the Queen Mary 2, will feature a private room with single-seating dining for guests in the top balcony staterooms. The Queen Elizabeth’s other dining options will include the Queens Grill, Princess Grill and two-tiered Britannia Restaurant.

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