- Cunard Line's Next Ocean Liner Receives Enthusiastic Response
Queen Victoria's December 2007 Maiden Voyage is already sold out, booked by guests who had been on a pre-registered interest list that opened to the public in December 2002. The ten-night voyage departs December 11 and calls at ports renowned for their Christmas atmosphere: Amsterdam, Copenhagen (overnight call), Oslo, Hamburg and Zeebrugge.
"Queen Victoria is an eagerly-awaited addition to Cunard's fleet of Queens and the response has been remarkable," said Carol Marlow, Cunard's president and managing director. "She promises to be a classic Cunarder and I'm sure, together with her sisters Queen Mary 2 and QE2, she'll soon be one of the most famous ocean liners in the world."
For those who did not manage to book on the Maiden Voyage there is still space on her second voyage, when Queen Victoria will spend her first Christmas in the Canaries. The 16-night voyage will leave Southampton on December 21 and will call at Vigo, Lisbon, Malaga, Funchal, Las Palmas, Arrecife, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Casablanca and Gibraltar. Christmas Day will be spent at sea. Cunard is currently offering its past passengers an exclusive booking period for this voyage, which is scheduled to go on sale to the general public on April 3.
The 90,000-ton Queen Victoria will not only be a classic ocean liner, offering the very best of Cunard's heritage and traditions, along with all modern day luxuries, but will also feature some exciting innovations. These will include the first traditional West End-style private viewing boxes at sea in the Royal Court Theatre; the first floating museum, Cunardia, housing Cunard artifacts and memorabilia and the first two-story, 'spiral staircased' library at sea. 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.
From the outside, her distinctive black and red livery will hint at what differentiates a Cunard liner from a standard 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, featuring rich wood paneling, intricate mosaics and gleaming chandeliers. There will also be a grand, colonial-style conservatory, complete with central fountain and a retractable glass roof.
And, of course, the ship has been constructed with impressive sea keeping qualities that will enable her to travel easily and efficiently through the world's oceans.
As well as being the second largest Cunarder ever built, the Queen Victoria is particularly noteworthy as it is the first time that three Cunard Queens (she joins the world's largest liner Queen Mary 2 and the world's most famous and best-loved liner QE2) have been in service together in the company's 167-year history.
Cunard Line has operated the most famous ocean liners in the world since 1840. Cunard vessels have a classic British heritage and include the legendary Queen Elizabeth 2 and Queen Mary 2. Queen Victoria joins the fleet in 2007.
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