There are so many satisfying spaces on board a Cunard ship, yet watching her wake stretch towards the horizon leaving behind the ordinary world is surely one of the most satisfying. During the refit of Cunard’s Queen Victoria, her service offering has been brought in line with that of the rest of the fleet and her popular aft lido sun deck has been expanded.
The new design maximises and transforms her aft deck space to create a stunning contemporary mix of sun and shade, more akin to a luxury resort roof terrace – perfect for sailing around the Mediterranean. Guests are now able to enjoy more generous seating, enhanced deck furniture, extended shaded areas, al fresco dining options and a full beverage service throughout the day and into the evening, with live entertainment.
Contrary to speculation that Queen Victoria’s popular Chart Room was to be removed during her refit, it has simply been moved. And in the process, refined with the allure and glamour of a classic cocktail bar from the heyday of her key sailing destinations. Through charts and cartography, her elegant new menu navigates destination-specific stories, pairing a selection of classic beverages with light canapés and snacks – and the introduction of delectable Godiva chocolates. In the evening, this elegant venue serves cocktails linked to celestial charts from which ships used to navigate. Signature specials will be created for different destinations and voyages.
The Midships Lounge has also received some special attention with the introduction of a gin and fizz themed menu, including gin served from an old-fashioned spirit tap – to infuse a more distinctive character. This brings to life wines, Prosecco, Cava and Champagne alongside premium gin and spirits, all blended to create fresh and inspiring cocktails.
One surprising constant with Cunard is change: our continual striving to bring you an even more refined experience. That is why, during the refit of Queen Victoria, two of her popular public areas have been refreshed. The Winter Garden is a beautifully relaxed room in the heart of deck 9 close to the pool and Lido buffet. Flooded with natural light, the room’s floor to ceiling windows command some of the best views across the ship and out to sea. Perfect for watching the world go by whilst enjoying a beverage, the comfort and décor of the Winter Garden has been further refined: from the statement floor, glorious glass canopy to the elegant lounge furniture.
As a Queens Grill passenger, you experience the very apex of luxury in ocean-going travel. After embarking at your priority time slot, you’ll find champagne, strawberries and petit fours awaiting your arrival in your primely-located and beautifully designed suite. This comprises a bedroom, large sitting area, a marble bathroom with whirlpool bath and shower, a walk-in wardrobe and spacious private balcony, all laid out over 506 – 2,249 square feet. Grand, Master, Duplex and Penthouse Queens Grill Suites also have separate dining areas.
Board games, a games console and DVD player are provided as standard. Your Queens Grill butler looks after your every need. From being on hand to unpack for you on arrival, to serving your daily pre-dinner canapés, restocking your complimentary bar, arranging fresh flowers, or organising any drinks or dinner parties you might wish to host during your cruise.
For breakfast, lunch and dinner, you’ll have a table reserved in the world famous Queens Grill restaurant. The sublime menu is designed to whet every appetite. But, should you not see what you want, the chefs will do their very utmost to create whatever takes your fancy.
In finer climates, on Queen Victoria or Queen Elizabeth, you might enjoy eating alfresco in The Grills Courtyard. You’ll also have exclusive access to private deck areas and the elegant Grills Lounge. They’ll leave it to one of their passengers to put the Queen’s Grill Suite experience into their own words: “Quite simply, it’s one of life’s greatest pleasures.”
Booking a Princess Grill Suite takes your travels to a whole new level of indulgence. After embarking at your priority time slot, you’re welcomed with sparkling wine and strawberries into your spacious balconied suite that occupies a prime location on the ship. Separate sleeping, living and dressing areas are cleverly arranged over 335 – 513 square feet. Fresh fruit is replenished daily, and you’ll find your marble-topped bath and shower room plentifully stocked with Penhaligons toiletries and soft terry robes and slippers.
Personalised stationery, board games and a DVD player are available on request from your steward and the pillow concierge menu – offering a choice of pillows – makes sure your slumbers are sublime. Away from your suite, you have exclusive access to private deck areas, the elegant Grills Lounge and beautiful Princess Grill restaurant. Here you may dine – for breakfast, lunch and dinner – from a spectacular menu, or á la carte. In finer climates, on Queen Victoria or Queen Elizabeth, you might enjoy eating alfresco in The Grills Courtyard.
A concierge service attends to any special requirements you have, on board or ashore. This compliments the attentions of your steward, who makes all the arrangements should you wish to eat in-suite from the Princess Grill menu.
To sum up a cruise in a Princess Grills Suite, one of their regular passengers is best placed to comment: “An oasis of wonderful experiences.”
Deluxe Balcony cabins and Premium Balcony cabins include a panoramic hull balcony with loungers and tables. King-size beds may be converted to twins and a dual height coffee table may be used for in-room dining. The sitting area features a sofa and there is ample wardrobe space and bathroom with shower. Guests can choose from an early or late sitting at the Britannia restaurant.
Ocean view rooms include: a turndown service, early or late sitting at the Britannia restaurant, 24-hour room service, a bathrobe and slippers.
A satellite TV with multi-language film and music channels is available in each room. Further features include: a refrigerator, safe, hair dryer, half a bottle of Bon Voyage wine, direct-dial telephone and daily shipboard newspaper.
As Cunard’s most basic rooms, inside staterooms include a turndown service and early or late sitting at the Britannia restaurant. 24-hour room service is available, with bathrobe and slippers.
A satellite TV with multi-language film and music channels is provided in each room. Further features include, a refrigerator, safe, hair dryer, half a bottle of Bon Voyage wine and a direct-dial telephone.
Queen Victoria maintains Cunard’s proud culinary traditions, with three main restaurants and the elegant new Verandah Restaurant. All offering delicious menus created by Cunard’s Global Culinary Ambassador, Jean-Marie Zimmermann.
There’s also a host of alternative dining options from the relaxed Lido Buffet and Golden Lion Pub, through to a variety of tempting global cuisines.
Make a dramatic entrance down the grand staircase into the elegant Britannia two tier dining room and revel in the sumptuous menus and perfectly attentive service. Choose between an early or late sitting or book a Britannia Club Balcony stateroom and enjoy single-seating dining in the intimate Britannia Club restaurant.
Should you prefer a club sandwich or a light bite in the afternoon head for the Lido restaurant where buffet dining is available throughout the day. By evening it transforms into one of Cunard’s regional venues: Asado is a South American Grill; Jasmine serves up exquisite Asian cuisine; while Aztec tempts you with interpretations of Mexican classics.
Queen Mary 2 provides you with a wealth of engaging experiences to keep you entertained day and night. From the glamorous Royal Night Balls, to the excitement of the Empire Casino, there's something to keep everyone happy.
Art connoisseurs can enjoy a choice of three galleries. Cladendon Fine Art features original artwork and lithographs by 20th and 21st century artists. Cunardia and Cunarder’s Gallery each focus on artefacts from past Cunard lines, black and white photography of famous faces and stories of those who have travelled with Cunard over the years.
Located on deck 10 at the front of the ship, the Commodore Club provides magnificent views across the ocean or your delightful port of call for that day. Sink into leather chairs or sofas and relax whilst enjoying a delicious martini, cocktail or whatever takes your fancy. During the day this is a perfect location to watch the world go by, in the evening listen to the mellow sounds of a pianist or singer whilst enjoying a pre- or post-dinner drink.
Enrichment programs and lectures on contemporary and classical subjects are popular features on Cunard cruises. Queen Elizabeth covers a wide range of activities from ballroom dancing to computing lessons.
The ship features a fantastic array of health and fitness facilities for passengers that wish to stay active or relax and be pampered. These include, a spa, a fitness centre, a games deck, sports courts and much more.
The Royal Spa, takes you on a blissful journey of relaxation, thanks to its range of innovative and indulgent treatments, massages and fitness services. From massages and body scrubs, manicures and pedicures to colour, cut and styling options in the hairdressers. A range of saunas, hot tubs, therapy pools and thermal suites are also available.
When the warm weather entices you onto the spacious Games Deck you’ll notice a definite English country garden ambience, with the gentle clunk of croquet balls in the welcome shade of its canopy. The games on offer include traditional cruise favourites such as shuffle-board, bowls, quoits, and paddle tennis, with occasional tournaments also taking place.
For younger cruise passengers, there are a number of facilities available to keep them entertained. Running primarily during the school holidays, kids clubs are available for children or teens travelling on Queen Victoria.
The ship can cater for the following dietary requirements on request: vegetarian, low /no fat low salt /no salt, lactose intolerant , dairy free, gluten free, wheat free, low cholesterol, diabetic, kosher and vegan. Passengers requiring any of the above diets should notify the Customer Contact Centre prior to sailing.
During the day casual shirts, shorts, trousers and beachwear are ideal. The main restaurants require a casual dress code for breakfast and lunch, however you may wear shorts in either the Kings Court (Queen Mary 2) or Lido Restaurant (Queen Victoria & Queen Elizabeth).
Evenings are split into two different dress codes. As a guide, these are: Formal evening wear consisting of an evening or cocktail dress or smart trouser suit for ladies, a tuxedo, dinner jacket or dark suit for men. Passengers may wear formal national dress or military uniform if they wish.
Informal evenings would consist of a required jacket and optional tie for gentlemen, whilst ladies should wear cocktail dresses, stylish separates or equivalent.
Fully accessible adapted cabins are available onboard the ship and some suites are also suitable for wheelchair users as the cabin door is wider and the bathroom offers a larger floor space. Assisted embarkation and disembarkation is available at some ports.
Passengers who have a disability which might mean that they require additional assistance, in particular in an emergency situation, must inform the Customer Contact Centre at the time of booking.
There are dedicated areas on the ship where passengers are permitted to smoke. Smoking is not permitted in any public room, inside your cabin or on your cabin balcony (with the exception of Churchill’s Cigar Lounge, which is reserved for cigar and pipe smokers only).
Electronic cigarettes, including those which do not emit smoke, are not permitted in public areas but can be used in staterooms, balconies and designated areas of the open deck.
Children older than six months may travel, however Transatlantic crossings have a minimum age requirement of 12 months. Guests under 16 years of age must be accompanied in the stateroom by a guest who is 16 years of age or older.
As with UK laws, the age limit for purchase and consumption of alcohol on board is 18 years of age, however, when in US waters, the age limit increases to 21.
Queens Grill and Princess Grill passengers are automatically charged $13.50 per person per day. Britannia passengers are charged $11.50 per person per day. A 15% gratuity is applied to all bar purchases.
Spa treatments have a 12.5% gratuity included in the prices.
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