Cunard’s Queen Victoria makes maiden call at St Raphael on the Cote d’Azur

Photo courtesy of Cunard Line
Photo courtesy of Cunard Line

Heads turned when Cunard’s Queen Victoria made the cruise line’s maiden call at St Raphael on the Cote d’Azur this weekend.  The ship, with nearly one member of crew for each of her 2,000 passengers, was almost a week into her 14-night voyage from Southampton, having already called at Cartagena and Barcelona in Spain when she arrived in St Raphael’s bay on Saturday 2 August – a first for the Cunard fleet.

After spending the day at anchor, Queen Victoria sailed east the same evening with her passengers looking forward to visiting Florence, Alghero in Sardinia, Gibraltar and La Coruna in Spain before arriving back in the UK on Sunday 10 August.

Captain Peter Philpott, master of the 90,000 ton Queen Victoria, said “It’s a privilege to bring Queen Victoria into a new port for the first time and to be in command of the first Cunard ship ever to sail into St Raphael makes the call particularly special.  The Cote d’Azur is one of the most beautiful and most celebrated coastlines in the Mediterranean – it’s almost synonymous with summer holidays in Europe. I hope that this maiden visit proves to have been a joy for our passengers on board – it felt like we were the biggest yacht in this delightful bay – and for those along the shoreline who watched the ship arrive and set sail.”  

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