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Queen Elizabeth refit at B+V will add single accommodations, scrubbers

Queen Elizabeth to get scrubber technology and single accommodations
Cunard Line’s newest ship, Queen Elizabeth, arrived at the Blohm + Voss Shipyard in Hamburg for its first scheduled drydocking since entering service in 2010.

As well as conducting standard checks and maintenance, the multimillion-pound refit will create single accommodation options on the ship for the first time and enhance stateroom and other amenities and improve restaurant facilities.

The ship will also be fitted with scrubber technology.

Queen Elizabeth will leave the yard on June 1and sail for Southampton ahead of her June 4 cruise to Amsterdam.

Nine new single staterooms are being created on Deck 2 midships by remodelling part of the ship’s casino. Eight will be a new grade of ocean-view single staterooms and the ninth will be a standard inside room.  

In the ship’s informal Lido restaurant, in future waiters with insulated coffee and tea pots will serve passengers with hot drinks at all meals, while recessed risers will improve the styling of the self-service area and passenger flows within it.

More generally, carpets are being renewed and large flat-screen TVs are being installed in all passenger staterooms.

Sun awnings are being erected on the open area near the Lido pool at the stern on Deck 9 and on both sides of the Grills Upper Terrace area near the top of the ship to offer more shade out on deck.

The creation of a dedicated studio will enable the ship’s photographers to offer high-end portraiture while the addition of touch screens in the photo gallery will continue the development of a digital environment where passengers can more easily find and select photos taken of them by the team.

Significant work is planned for the shopping area with new Fine Jewellery and Watch shops opening.

Angus Struthers, Cunard’s marketing director, said: ‘Queen Elizabeth is already a much loved ship and following this multimillion pound refit she is sure to shine brightly for years to come. Whilst there has been investment across the ship, we are particularly delighted to announce that following this refit, there will be staterooms for single travellers on board a Cunard ship for the first time since QE2.’