Queen Victoria, Day 3

ONBOARD QUEEN VICTORIA_(Friday, January 10): Friday was a big day. The best way to describe it is to say “The voyage officially started.” The day before, we get a note under the door: “Collect your passports and go through onboard immigration at 7:00 AM.” We both grew up in New York. “There will be a line. We must get up early and get on at the front.” We meet a couple from Denmark, further ahead in line. They …

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Queen Victoria, Day 2

ABOARD QUEEN VICTORIA_(Thursday, January 9): Thursday is our first full day at sea. It’s the last vacation day for people who signed on for the four night Southampton to Hamburg getaway. It’s our first formal night and their last formal night. The seas are calm. Here’s how experience has taught us to wake up. Instead of setting an alarm or getting a wake up call, we place an order for rolls, juice and coffee to be delivered …

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Queen Victoria, Day 1

ABOARD QUEEN VICTORIA_(Wednesday, January 8): We had breakfast in the Executive Lounge at the Hamburg Marriott. Then we explored the area around the hotel for a couple of hours. It’s the part of town with flagship boutique stores and an elegant department store which had a food themed floor. There was a Veuve Clicquot boutique. Yes, you can buy a VC logoed ski jacket. Caviar House had its shop/restaurant adjacent to the shop selling actual truffles along …

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

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 …

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Lusitania exhibition to be assembled for commemoration cruise aboard Queen Victoria

Cunard has commissioned historian Eric Sauder to produce a temporary exhibition of Lusitania memorabilia that will be displayed on board Queen Victoria during her 3 May 2015 voyage commemorating the loss of Lusitania 100 years earlier. Eric Sauder has been interested in ocean liners, particularly Lusitania, for more than 30 years, with his first job being a tour guide on Queen Mary in Long Beach, California. He has dived on the wreck of Lusitania and has authored …

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Cunard’s Queen Victoria met with celebration during rare overnight call to Liverpool

A spectacular and rare two-day call by Cunard’s Queen Victoria at its ‘spiritual home’ of Liverpool had a rousing send-off with an estimated crowd of twenty thousand people lining the Mersey to see the ship sail. Queen Victoria made the first overnight call at Liverpool by a Cunard ship in nearly 50 years over 30-31 May to celebrate the 100th year to the day of the maiden voyage of Aquitania, acclaimed as the most striking four-funnelled liner …

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Cunard’s magnificent Queens line up three abreast for the first time in dramatic photo shoot

The world’s grandest ocean liner, Queen Mary 2 and her sister ships Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria sailed in formation from Lisbon to the UK ahead of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s visit to celebrate Queen Mary 2‘s 10th anniversary in Southampton on Friday 9 May. For the first time ever, the three Cunard Queens were photographed side-by-side at sea as part of a shoot that took months of meticulous planning. Queen Mary 2 is on the …

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Cunard Line’s famous fleet awarded top rankings in 2014 Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships

Cunard Line has dominated the Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships rankings for 2014, which were released on Friday, giving the company clear leadership over competitors in the “Large Resort Ship” category. The top three ships are all Cunard: Queen Mary 2 (Grill class), Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria, ranked first, second and third, respectively, with Celebrity Reflection and Celebrity Silhouette coming fourth and fifth, respectively. “Recognition such as this is only possible because of …

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Cunard to mark “Aquitania’s” 100th anniversary

Among all cruise lines, Cunard has a rich, deep and proud tradition. Yet another example of that is Queen Victoria’s upcoming visit to Liverpool, England, in May, 2014 – “the first two-day call in Cunard’s spiritual home made by a Cunard ship in almost 50 years.” It takes place during the 13-day Around the British Isles cruise, departing round-trip from Southampton May 23, 2014, arriving in Liverpool on May 30, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the maiden voyage …

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Cunard Line now offering behind the scenes tours

Adding to its comprehensive catalogue of on board activities, Cunard Line is now offering Behind the Scenes Tours for the curious guest.  Led by Cunard senior officers, the tours offer guests unprecedented access to the ships’ private areas, such as the Medical Centre, Engine Control Room, Butchers Shop and the Mooring Deck.  Topics range from environmental concerns, such as recycling 15,000 litres of used cooking oil, to the logistics of stocking more than 5,000 lines of consumable …

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