The beautiful Queen Elizabeth is the third in Cunard Line’s regal trio of fantastic cruise liners: Queen Mary 2, the flagship; Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth. She called in Port Everglades this week at the end of a two-month sailing that began in Southampton and took passengers as far as New Zealand. Queen Elizabeth then sailed for New York and then back home to Southampton.
I’ve been a Cunard believer since the 1980s when I first sailed on the Queen Elizabeth 2, earlier I had sailed on the old Cunard Countess and Cunard Princess, and have good memories of being aboard the QE2, Queen Victoria and Queen Mary 2 – all wonderful crossing experiences, my favorite form of ship travel.
Understand, this ship is not the QE3, she is distinctly, the Queen Elizabeth. Cunard and traditional White Star values, service and incredible hospitality are evident throughout the ship.These traits have been a facet of Cunard sailings throughout the line’s almost 175-year history. Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria are very much alike, although the Todd English Restaurant on the two older vessels is a Verandah alternative dining experience on Queen Elizabeth.
The British American Chamber of Commerce of Broward-Palm Beach Counties hosted the reception in the ship’s lovely Yacht Club. Roy Yates, president of the BAC, Broward-Palm Beach spoke of the traditionally special relationship between the UK and the US. Captain Alistair Clark, master of the vessel, spoke of the fact that Queen Elizabeth christened both the Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth and pointed to the many and varied artworks on board the liners featuring the monarch. Queen Elizabeth rendezvoused with Queen Victoria in Port Everglades two years ago.
Guests enjoyed the cocktail reception then toured the ship. The oohs and aahs reflected accents from both sides of the Atlantic.