February 17, 2006

cunard press release - victoria

First Details of Queen Victoria Released;
Trademark Liner Hallmarks Combine with Sea-going Innovations
Announcing the first eagerly-awaited details of Cunard’s next new ship, the company today revealed that Queen Victoria, scheduled to enter service in December 2007, will be a quintessential Cunard liner that includes not only hallmark features associated with the luxury brand, but also exciting innovations including private viewing boxes in the Royal Court Theatre, alfresco dining for Grill guests, a floating museum of Cunard memorabilia, and a two-story library with 6,000 books.
With the addition of this new 90,000-ton vessel, the Cunard liner legacy will be upheld, as Queen Victoria will offer all the classic characteristics that have become associated with the company’s unique liner heritage. From the outside, her distinctive black and red livery will hint at the experience that differentiates a Cunard liner from a modern-day cruise ship. This will be most evident in the ship’s adherence to liner traditions of the past, with elegant public rooms, many on a grand scale, luxuriously endowed with rich wood paneling, intricate mosaics, gleaming chandeliers, and cool marbles. These public spaces will be the setting for a host of diversions that also distinguish Cunard’s liner heritage, as guests enjoy entertainment and enrichment options that suggest a more civilized era of travel.
The ship will also feature the line’s celebrated luxury Grills accommodation and dining, further enhanced on Queen Victoria with exclusive deck terraces and an al fresco dining option.
And, of course, the ship has been constructed with impressive sea keeping qualities that will enable it to travel easily and efficiently through the demanding waters of the world’s oceans.
Carol Marlow, Cunard’s President and Managing Director, says:
“Cunard has the unique distinction of owning the most famous ocean liners in the world, and I’m delighted to be able to announce this magnificent addition to our fleet - Sir Samuel Cunard himself would have been rightly proud. Queen Victoria will be a classically styled Cunard Queen, offering the very best of our heritage, along with the luxury and modern day comforts our guests have come to expect, all underpinned by our very own exclusive White Star Service. Being the second largest Cunarder ever, Queen Victoria is perhaps not about size superlatives, but rather style superlatives.”
Carol Marlow added that the debut of this ship is particularly noteworthy as it will mark the first time that three Cunard Queens (Queen Victoria joins Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth 2) have been in service together in the company’s 167-year history.
Queen Victoria will depart on her Maiden Voyage on Tuesday 11 December 2007. This 10-night Christmas Markets Voyage will leave from the company’s home port, Southampton, and will call at Amsterdam, Copenhagen (overnight call), Oslo, Hamburg and Bruges, enjoying the pre-Christmas decorations and traditional gift markets. Fares will range from £999* to £8,679* per person.
Queen Victoria’s first Christmas will be spent in the sunshine of the Canary Isles. The 16-night voyage will leave Southampton on 21 December and will call at Vigo, Lisbon, Malaga, Funchal, Las Palmas, Arrecife, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Casablanca and Gibraltar. Her first ever Christmas Day will be celebrated at sea. Fares start from £2,199* to £18,339* per person.
Reservations for these Maiden Voyages can be made by Cunard’s World Club members, from 26th February, and by all others from 3rd April. To find out more, or make a reservation, guests should contact their local travel agent, call Cunard on 0845 071 0300 or book online at www.cunard.co.uk.
Other images Accommodation Images
The Grand Lobby Penthouse
Winter Garden Princess Suite
Britannia Restaurant Balcony Stateroom
The Queens Room Oceanview Stateroom
The Royal Arcade Standard Inside Stateroom
Todd English  
Notes to Editors
Fares include the 45% Early Booking discounts available.
For Further PRESS Information
Eric Flounders, Public Relations Manager: 0207 940 5390
Michael Gallagher, Public Relations Executive: 0207 940 5391
Or visit the Cunard website: www.cunard.co.uk
External and internal images of Cunard ships are available for downloading at: www.cunardimages.com
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