March 17, 2009

Cunard unveils Queen Elizabeth

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Cunard today revealed details of its new Queen Elizabeth ship, which will enter service on October 12 with a voyage to the Canary Islands and Madeira.

The line said the ship will pay homage to the first Queen Elizabeth, with double and triple-height public rooms featuring wood panelling, intricate mosaics, chandeliers, marble and art deco styling.

It will offer additions to the normal Cunard entertainment programme, with extras inspired by the era of the first Queen Elizabeth, including piano evenings, and period dancing, from traditional ballroom to the jitterbug and the jive.

Public areas will include:

• The Queens Room, with artwork depicting views from royal palaces, and a photograph of the current Queen and Royal family, along with a 1,000sq ft dance floor.

• The Garden Lounge, with a vaulted glass ceiling creating a conservatory feel inspired by the glass houses of Kew Gardens.

• The Games Deck, offering croquet, paddle tennis and traditional British bowls.

• The art deco-style Britannia Restaurant, with a sweeping staircase.

 • The Britannia Club for single-seating dining for passengers in the top balcony staterooms.

• The Midships Bar, with memorabilia displayed from the first Queen Elizabeth’s era.

Cunard managing director Carol Marlow said: “For over 70 years there has been an 'Elizabeth' in the fleet and this beautiful modern day celebration of our past 'Elizabeths' will ensure this proud tradition will continue far into this century.”

Marlow added that the introduction of the ship would mark a return to Cunard enjoying three Queens in service together, following the withdrawal of the QE2 last year, as it will line up along with Queen Mary 2 and
Queen Victoria.

QM2 will sail around the UK in October.

Queen Elizabeth will depart on her maiden voyage on October 12 next year. The 13-night voyage will sail from Southampton, calling at Vigo, Lisbon, Cadiz, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Palma and Madeira. Fares will range from £1,489 per person for a D8 standard inside stateroom to £15,799 per person for one of the Q1-grade Grand Suites.

The initial Queen Elizabeth brochure launched today includes itineraries from October 2010 to January 2011 with voyages to the western and central Mediterranean and the Caribbean.

Fares start from £599 per person for the five-night Gallic Debut Party Voyage, calling at Amsterdam, Zeebrugge and Le Havre.

The 22-night Caribbean Welcome inaugural Christmas voyage has fares from £2,999 per person and calls at Madeira, Tortola, St Lucia, Grenada, Barbados, Antigua and the Azores.

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