Two of Cunard’s three sister cruise ships are now sporting makeover as Queen Victoria emerged from a $40 million overhaul this month.
The ship, which is the smallest of three vessels in the Cunard line, spent more than a month at the Fincantieri shipyard in Palermo in Italy, and came out with a more cabins, an improved sun deck and new restaurant.In addition, each of the existing cabins received upgrades including flat-screen TVs and coffee and tea makers for every room as well as new carpets and soft furnishings. The Grand and Penthouse Suites received extra attention as well as the Winter Garden.
“We are immensely proud of the work that’s being done and completed on Queen Victoria in our recent refit,” said Captain Peter Philpott. “There areas that have been refurbished and renewed are better than they ever were.”
The 43 new cabins are all part of the overhauled Britannia Club section of the ship as is a new Britannia Club restaurant that takes the place of the former Chart Room and resides alongside the main Britannia restaurant on Deck 2. A new Chart Room space has moved nearby, which has a menu transition from small bites and drinks in the day to cocktails and premium snack and light bites at night.
The aft Lido Sun Deck has been expanded with more deck space. More sun lounges and cabanas have been added, and more al fresco dining seats are now available.
A new retail and art space has taken over what was just a normal passsageway including an art gallery that is changed daily. A new menu at the Midships Lounge offers 40 gins and wide variety of select tonics and garnishes that would allow for 13,500 gin and tonic cocktail possibilities.
The ship that debuted in 2007 now has a capacity of more than 2,000 passengers based on double occupancy.
The Queen Victoria refuribishment comes on the heels of a major overhaul of Queen Mary 2 in 2016.
“The combined investment of $172 million for Queen Victoria’s refit along with Queen Mary 2’s remastering is a testament to Cunard’s commitment to our iconic vessels and enhancing our passenger experience,” said Josh Leibowitz, senior vice president of Cunard North America. “With the new designs and enhanced onboard offerings Queen Victoria is poised to sail the next generation of Cunarders offering unparalleled voyages.”
Queen Victoria sails mostly in Europe, but makes its way to Fort Lauderdale in early 2018 for some Caribbean, South American and Panama Canal sailings. An inside stateroom for the 15-night sailing from Fort Lauderdale to Rio de Janeiro with stops in St. Maarten, Dominica, Barbados, Fortaleza, Salvador abd Buzios starts at $2,759 per person. A 14-night transatlantic sailing from Fort Lauderdale to Southampton inside stateroom runs from $1,299 per person.
For more on Cunard Queen Victoria, go to cunard.com/cruise-ships/queen-victoria