Seatrade Cruise News is part of the Informa Markets Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Queen Victoria world cruise under way after ship gets upgrades, 9 solo cabins

33ffce433de89463a621cfea4a6dd94b_XL
One of nine new solo accommodations
Queen Victoria is several days into its world cruise following a 20-day refurbishment at Blohm+Voss in Hamburg that added nine solo staterooms, fresh carpets and beds, refurbished the Lido restaurant and improved outer decks—among other changes that first were made to Queen Elizabeth in 2014.

Cunard North America president Rick Meadows said the refurbishments responded to passenger input.

'We are delighted to incorporate their wish for more outdoor space with enhancements to the Upper Grill Terrace and additional areas for sunbathing. We also provided more single staterooms for our single travelers,' he said.

Some 2,000 contractors of 30 nationalities worked a total of 600,000 man-hours around the clock to replace all 215,278 square feet of carpet in the passenger areas. They also renewed all 3,167 mattresses and replaced more than 19,685 square feet (3.75 miles) of pipe work insulation. Some 2,695 gallons of paint were used inside and out, enough to paint 54 Boeing 737s.                                                             

Queen Victoria embarked on its world cruise Thursday in Southampton.

World voyage passengers were welcomed with a flag-raising ceremony at the ship’s mast. This was to hoist the signature flag for the first time on board and, as is traditional, was performed by the youngest crew member, deck cadet Fraser Browne, 20.

The flag will be flown at landmarks across the world during all three of the Cunard fleet’s world voyages and will be auctioned at their conclusion with all proceeds going to The Prince’s Trust, the line's official charity.

Highlights of the refurbishment are here.

Hide comments
account-default-image

Comments

  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
Publish