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Public Venues and General Facilities
Page Two - features the Restaurants, Staterooms and Suites
It is wonderful to
know that today there are three fine ships sailing under the
famed Cunard banner. In days long gone there were the great and
elegant three funnelled RMS Queen Mary, which was
followed by the beautiful two funnelled RMS Queen Elizabeth.
Next came the true classic, yet the ultra modern single funnel
Cunarder which was still a liner, the great SS Queen
Elizabeth 2, but it was not long before she became loving
known as the QE2. Although later, she received new
diesel engines and she was prefixed with MS Queen Elizabeth
2 she served Cunard well until she was sold by Carnival
to the Arab Emirates who had plans to turn her into a luxury
hotel, which did not eventuate. Sadly she has been laid up and
However we are truly blessed with three new large Cunard cruise ships, all of which are inspired from the Carnival Vista Class hull design and superstructures. Although the Queen Mary is very much an over sized version, with a dummy rounded stern, making her look like an older style ship, but the reality is that she has a flat stern, like her sisters! The massive Queen Mary 2 was followed by a 90,000-ton Carnival Vista Class ship.
Although the ship that became the Queen
Victoria was originally destined to become a ship for Holland
America Line, but there was a change after her keel had been laid
and building was well underway and then she was to become the
P&O UKs MV Arcadia. But once again, suddenly it was
decided by Carnival to complete her as the Queen Victoria and
therefore she is externally almost identical to P&O UKs
MV Arcadia, one of a trio now being built which was completed a
little later. Internally Queen
MV Queen Victoria is seen here during her triumphant deep-sea trials
images on this page have been provided by the Carnival Plc /
As Cunard states about their first ship to be named Queen Elizabeth;
And I certainly cannot argue with those words for her interiors are beautifully crafted and she is without a doubt a magnificent hotel at sea that offers far more than a hotel on land can possibly offer! Obviously as a guest of Cunard Line you will visit many fascinating ports of call, especially if you decide to join one of the annual Grand Around the World Voyages, which is an experience of a lifetime and believe me, I know, for I have undertaken many such voyages, be it all the way around the globe in one sailing, or as a sector voyage as they are known, but sailing from Australia all the way to the UK, or from the USA to Australia, etc,. Therefore, I can assure you that there is no doubt that this fine ship will offer a superb experience she offers excellent accommodations and has many excellent venues aboard, as this page will prove!
As you come aboard
the Queen Victoria, one of the very first venues you will come to
see is the spectacular three Decks high Grand Lobby! However,
unlike so many ships these days, this is not in the style of
But let us now go and discover the superbly beautiful ship and view her countless spectacular public venues and fine restaurants!
The Grand Lobby hosts a number of fine venues on the three Decks, such as on Deck 1, there is the Pursers office, ConneXions Conference Centre and Internet Café on 1 Deck and 3 Deck comprises an education centre for enrichment programmes, featuring a flexible classroom venue for classes that includes Computer Training, Navigation and Art and Wine Tasting. Then on Deck 2 we commence on the starboard side with the beautiful Champagne Bar followed by sublimely elegant Café Carinthia and just aft of that the Chart Room. On the port side is the beautifully wood-panelled library connected by a spiral staircase. The library has well over 6,000 books with two full-time librarians. Right next door is the new French inspired Verandah Restaurant, which is a must do during your voyage, only several dishes have an additional charge!
name says it all, Veuve Cliquot Champagne Bar that offering the
Café Carinthia is named after a number of much loved Cunard Atlantic liners and this is an elegant bar and lounge
This beautiful Chart Room lounge and bar is located almost next to the lower level of the
Britannia Restaurant and is this perfect for a pre dinner drink, but also for daytime relaxation
This is one of the great Ocean-Going Libraries!
We are still in the Grand Lobby and have arrived on Deck 2 on the starboard side but further forward is the ever-popular Golden Lion pub that over looks the forward lobby and it is ideal for a drink or a snack!
The 4,000-square-foot Royal Arcade has been
inspired by both the Royal Arcade and the Burlington Arcade, both
of which are in
The Golden Lion Pub is a typical English Pub that not only serves drinks but also some Pub food!
What can I say; this is a shoppers delight, in a typical Ladies world!
On Deck 3 at the Grand Lobby we also discover the delightful Midships Lounge and Bar as well as the Card Room, the Alcove and the upper level of the amazing library! However u heading forward there is the grandiose Royal Arcade, where you will discover all those boutique shops!
Far for was on decks 1, 2 and 3 is the 800-seat Royal Court Theatre, that reminds us of a Grand West End Theatre as it is classically elegant and in created in a grand style. In addition it features a cruising first ever for a ship, and on board the Queen Victoria Grill Guests can book Private Boxes that are located on the upper level that has also a dedicated Lounge area where these privileged Guests can enjoy a drink prior to the show.
& below: the spectacular
comedians, port lecturers and lectures on a host of special interests and a variety of fine artists!
And just outsideis the spacious Promenade Deck that has ample seating and is a popular place for a good walk in the morning!
Now we arrive at Queen
This superb venue features a dramatic high ceiling that has two massive crystal chandeliers and it has a large 1000 sq-ft dance floor with beautifully worked inlaid timber patterns being such a rich wall décor. There are also backlit stained glass panels on both levels. This is an amazing venue indeed and the rooms name is perfect, the Queens Room, for it is fit for Royalty, and that means just right for a Cunard guest!
Above & below: Here we see one of the grandest of venues, the spectacular multi level Queens Room
The Crystal Chandeliers stand out above And the Large Timber Dance Floor stands out below!
The English Afternoon Tea
Above & below: Here are some scenes covering the typical Cunard English Afternoon Tea served in the Queens Room
There are finger sandwiches, but these look so good, and a little sweetness is always a good was to finish!
Relaxation & Outdoors
Far forward on Deck 9 is the excellent and the beautifully equipped Royal Spa & Fitness Centre. Every possible facility is available here, from Therapy suites, Hydra pool, Saunas and an extensive Fitness Centre as well as Hair Care and a Beauty Centre.
Just aft of the amidships Pavilion Pool is the
wonderful and elegant Wintergarden that is very much
a Grand Conservatory, complete with a central fountain and
greenery. It has a retractable glass roof as well as a movable
glass wall to the open it up to the swimming pool. Inside there
is luxurious rattan furniture and ceiling fans to keep you cool
in warmer climes, it is very much reminiscent of the British
Just aft of the amidships Pavilion Pool is the wonderful and elegant Wintergarden that is very much a Grand Conservatory, complete with a central fountain and greenery. It has a retractable glass roof as well as a movable glass wall to the open it up to the swimming pool. Inside there is luxurious rattan furniture and ceiling fans to keep you cool in warmer climes, it is very much reminiscent of the British colonial past.
Here we see the Wintergarden with the roof and aft windows partially open looking towards the pool it is indeed a superb
and a delightful place to relax and have a cup off tea, or yes, a delicious Latté or an Espresso for the more modern Guest!
Far forward, directly above the Royal Spa is the popular Commodore Club, also known on many ships as the Observation Lounge or the Crows Nest! It has sweeping windows from the sides and all around affording wonderful ocean views, making this an excellent lounge for relaxing during the day and read a boon, and enjoy a drink from the bar and at night there will be some entertainment.
Above & below: The delightful and very popular Commodore Club
On the just aft on the starboard side is the
simply beautiful and elegant Admirals Lounge that has a
door into the room aft of it being the Churchills cigar
Lounge, a venue much loved by those who enjoy a fine cigar and a
On the just aft on the starboard side is the simply beautiful and elegant Admirals Lounge that has a door into the room aft of it being the Churchills cigar Lounge, a venue much loved by those who enjoy a fine cigar and a cognac!
world elegance awaits you in this fine Cunard style venue!
Old world elegance awaits you in this fine Cunard style venue!
Directly aft of the forward superstructure, overlooking the Pavilion Pool is the Hemispheres Lounge that become the ships nightclub at night
above and aft is the ships funnel
High above and aft is the ships funnel Proudly revealing the Ships great Name!
Queen Victoria is seen arriving in
It is said that MV
Queen Victoria and he newer sister the MV Queen Elizabeth
externally no longer look like a traditional Cunard ship and this
is very true. The fact is, these are a new style of modern ships
but she will be recognised as being Cunard ship because she has
that traditional black hull that is combined with that very
traditional Red and black Cunard funnel, which was made famous on
the QE2. Regardless the new and modern look externally, this will
in no way impede with the style and quality of the superb Cunard
service that will be enjoyed on this fine new ship, for the hotel
service on board is beyond question!
It is said that MV Queen Victoria and he newer sister the MV Queen Elizabeth externally no longer look like a traditional Cunard ship and this is very true. The fact is, these are a new style of modern ships but she will be recognised as being Cunard ship because she has that traditional black hull that is combined with that very traditional Red and black Cunard funnel, which was made famous on the QE2. Regardless the new and modern look externally, this will in no way impede with the style and quality of the superb Cunard service that will be enjoyed on this fine new ship, for the hotel service on board is beyond question!
You will find that on Page Two there are many excellent photographs of the various Restaurants, all will have menus available, be it the Lunch and dinner at the grand Britannia Restaurant, the new French inspired Veranda Restaurant, the intimate and luxurious Princess Grill and the ultimate and sublime Queens Grill! Next comes all the accommodations from the Britannia Grade to the Grand Suite of the Queens Grill and this includes information to all the inclusions to each category!
Go To Page Two for Restaurants & all Accommodations
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