A Royal Cruise on the Queen Victoria

Isaac Mostovicz writes...


Cunard Line has launched what it claims is the most luxurious cruise ship ever. The £300 million Queen Victoria will be officially named by the Duchess of Cornwall in Southampton before a fireworks display marks her departure on her maiden voyage around northern Europe.

Built at the Fincantieri shipyard near Venice, the ship features three swimming pools, 4,000 sq ft of shops, seven restaurants, a casino, theatre and library spread across her 18 decks. Weighing 90,000 tons Queen Victoria is capable carrying over 2,000 passengers and will meet with Cunard’s two other Queens – the QE2 and the Queen Mary 2 – in New York in January.

Cunard claim that despite not being the biggest of the Queens, Victoria is the grandest, with innovative designs and “floating firsts” such as West-End style boxes in the 830-seat theatre. The opulence is however reflected in pricing, with the cheapest rooms starting at £11,000 and grand suites complete with 24 hour butler service ranging up to £210,000.

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