queen victoria - cunard line - cruise ship review & photos

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Queen Victoria - Cunard Line - cruise ship review and photos

What turns a ship into a Queen? Sheer size? Sweeping teak promenade decks lined with steamer chairs? A brisk speed? Or is it the way the Union Jack flies from the vessel's stern? 

Famous Cunard colors
Famous funnel

Making good use of the line's heritage, Cunard Line pulled out all PR stops when introducing their new Queen Victoria in December, 2007. Built in Italy by Fincantieri and closely resembling Holland America's Vista-class ships, Queen Victoria is a lot smaller than legendary fleet mate Queen Mary 2 and is meant to cruise, rather than cross.

 
Queen Victoria at Rotterdam, Netherlands Queen Victoria at Rotterdam, Netherlands
Queen Victoria at Rotterdam  Queen Victoria at Rotterdam
Cruise Line: Cunard Line
Built: 2007
Building Yard: Fincantieri, Italy
Gross Tonnage: 90,000
Length: 294.0 m (964.5 ft)
Beam: 32.2 m (106.0 ft)
Passengers (norm.): 1,791
Passengers (max): 20,14
Crew: 900
Service speed: 23.7 knots
 
Queen Victoria at Rotterdam, Netherlands
Queen Victoria at Rotterdam, December 12, 2007

On December 10, 2007, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, officially named Queen Victoria in the vessel's homeport of Southampton. A day later the ship left on her maiden voyage and first called at the Dutch port of Rotterdam.

Official portrait of Camilla Queen Victoria ship model
Official portrait of Camilla   Ship model

As thousands of shivering Cunard guests were sent off to see windmills and tulips we set foot on the brand new Queen Victoria and were pleasantly surprised by her warm, intimate atmosphere and distinct touch of class.

Queen Victoria at Rotterdam, Netherlands
December 12, 2007: Queen Victoria at Rotterdam, Netherlands

Closely following the design of Holland America's Vista-class ships and with interiors designed in-house by Princess Cruises, Cunard's new Queen has not escaped Carnival Corporation's cookie cutter. But by using more classy and timeless materials, the design team have come up with a distinct "Cunard style". 

 

 

All photos and text: 2007-2008 Bart de Boer - www.ShipParade.com

First published on February 10, 2008

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