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Cunard Line: Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria Review

Queen Victoria, which is very similar to her fleetmate Queen Elizabeth, sails primarily in Europe on Easter and Western Mediterranean, Baltic, British Isles, and Norwegian coast itineraries. If you're looking for a class-conscious, traditional cruise, then

this may be the ship for you.

Designers drew upon the history of previous Cunard ocean liners to conceive Queen Victoria’s elegant interiors. From the ship’s double- and triple-height spaces—design features of grand liners of the past—to rooms imbued with an elegant yet understated British charm, the overall effect is contemporary and historically classic. The impact of the Grand Lobby’s triple-height ceiling, sweeping staircase, and sculpted balconies is immediate and unmistakable.

Queen Victoria herself might well feel at home on entering the double-height Queens Room, a loggia-style venue designed in the manner of the grand ballrooms found in large English country estates, such as Her Majesty’s own Osborne House. The ballroom has cantilevered balconies overlooking an inlaid-wood dance floor; the staircase is detailed with classically ornate, curved railings.

In addition to the intimate dining spaces and a lounge reserved for occupants of Queens and Princess Grill accommodations, an outdoor terrace is devoted to their exclusive use. All other public rooms are accessible to everyone on board.

One of the world's most distinguished names in ocean travel since 1840, the Cunard Line has a long history of deluxe transatlantic crossings and worldwide cruising. The line's ships are legendary for their comfortable accommodations, excellent cuisine, and personal service. After a series of owners tried with little success to revive the company's flagging passenger shipping business, Carnival Corporation offered an infusion of ready cash and the know-how to turn the line around in 1998. Exciting new ships have followed.

Delightful daily events include afternoon tea and the maritime tradition of sounding the ship's bell at noon. The line offers North Atlantic crossings and seasonal shorter cruises, including Northern European and Mediterranean itineraries.

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Pros

  • The promenade deck that encircles the ship is ideal for casual strolls or jogging
  • The shops on board are well-stocked
  • The Winter Garden with a glass roof that opens is a pleasing spot to relax with a cup of tea

Cons

  • The first Cunardia museum exhibit at sea is disappointingly small
  • Standard accommodations don't have enough drawer space
  • Private box seating for shows in the Royal Court Theater requires a reservation and fee
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 981
  • Entered Service 2007
  • Gross Tons 90,000
  • Length 965 feet
  • Number of Cabins 985
  • Passenger Capacity 1,990
  • Width 106 feet

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