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Queen Victoria 2017 Refit

Cunard have announced that Queen Victoria will enter dry-dock between 5th May and 4th June 2017 for an extensive refurbishment.

A major redevelopment of staterooms will happen during this refit, as 43 midship staterooms will be transformed into Britannia Club staterooms meaning that guests staying in these staterooms will benefit from a dedicated Britannia Club Dining restaurant.

The staterooms will be enhanced with the addition of flat screen TVs, new carpets, soft furnishings, plus tea and coffee making facilities. Not only are the Britannia staterooms being redesigned, but there will also be a new appearance for the Grand suites and Penthouse suites.

The Grand Suites will be transformed to make the most of the available suite that is on offer in the suites. A new, fresh colour scheme will be added and they will have a similar appearance to the suites on her sister ship, Queen Elizabeth.

Cunard have revealed that five new Penthouse Suites will showcase floor-to-ceiling windows allowing for more outside light to enter the luxurious suites.

Cunard's Senior Vice President, Simon Palethorpe, commented: “For the first time on Queen Victoria, guests can enjoy an elevated experience with large, well-appointed balcony staterooms in prime locations and the new Britannia Club Restaurant will be the perfect setting for those who prefer a more intimate dining experience in one of the finest restaurants at sea.”

A new Chart Room bar will also be added to Queen Victoria during this incredible refit. This new bar will replace the current Café Carinthia and it will boast a wide selection of illy coffee, Godiva chocolate products and small snacks for guests to consume. This will be the perfect place to visit in the evening as it will offer refreshing cocktails too.

The final enhancement that will be made to the ship is a new “gin and fizz” menu that will make its debut in the Midships Lounge, where guests will be able to find various wines, proseccos, cavas and champagne, as well as gins and spirits.


(Pictured above) The new appearance for the Chart Room.

About the Ship

The Queen Victoria entered service in late 2007, to bring three Queens together. The Queen Victoria expresses the classic elegance and history of the Cunard name, while also maintaining the luxurious modernity Cunard has come to be known for.

From the moment you step aboard the beautiful Queen Victoria, the extent of her luxury and history can be seen; guests enter into the soaring three tier Grand Lobby, filled with artworks and with a magnificent centrepiece staircase.

The facilities on board offer the same familiar luxury seen across the Cunard fleet. The Queen Victoria features the Cunard Royal Spa, offering the ultimate in relaxation and rejuvenation to those wishing to be pampered. The more active guests can take on a range of day classes, including a course of wine tasting, or a spell in the Fitness Centre.

Intimate Luxury on a grand scale
Imagine a travel experience where, as you arrive into your sumptuous Queens Grill Suite with private balcony, your butler appears and assists with unpacking your case. Throughout your stay your concierge arranges memorable excursions with minimal fuss. Every evening, wherever you may venture, you are greeted personally in a dining venue which rates alongside the finest in any major city.

Should the mood take you, a sumptuous spa, magnificent theatre and countless other entertainment possibilities are only ever moments away. Welcome to the award-winning Cunard Grills Experience. This is the way that royalty, heads of state and celebrities have travelled with Cunard for many decades and which continues to set the standard for refined elegance today.
“Travellers can expect a truly excellent and memorable experience” Queen Mary 2's Experience rated five-star by Douglas Ward, Berlitz Guides

The Queens Grill Experience
Queens Grill guests dine in this magnificent restaurant on Deck 11. This is the epitome of Cunard dining excellence, where sparkling crystal glints against understated creams and golds and the à la carte menu is perfectly accompanied by the attentive service and air of refinement.

The Princess Grill Experience
Up on Deck 11, the intimate single seating Princess Grill Restaurant captivates guests staying in Princess Grill Suites with flawlessly attentive service and the acclaimed pinnacle of our à la carte excellence. Menus wonderfully combine different flavours, textures and ingredients to surpass expectations evening after evening.

The Britannia Experience
Guests sailing in the comfort of our luxurious Britannia staterooms can make their dramatic evening entrance into this elegant two-tier dining room with a graceful descent of its grand staircase, gleaming beneath the eye-catching art deco chandelier. Choose from early or late dining and revel in the sumptuous menus and perfectly attentive service.

Guests staying in our AA category balcony accommodation dine in the Britannia Club Restaurant. The tempting menus are to be savoured at a time of your choice in this intimate venue under patterned glass ceilings flecked with gold and silver leaf.

Dining - The Luxury of Choice

Verandah Restaurant - "Queen Victoria's new Verandah Restaurant is an exciting addition to the Cunard culinary offering, which now includes some of the most highly-rated dining at sea and no fewer than twelve different dining venues,” said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line. The Verandah menu has been created by Chef Patron Jean-Marie Zimmermann, global culinary ambassador for Cunard Line, who is also a Michelin-starred chef.

Café Carinthia - Succumb to several varieties of speciality teas and rich aromatic coffees that can be found in this delightfully relaxing venue, not to mention the indulgent pastries that are on offer.

Lido Restaurant - Offering a more casual, bright and airy ambience by day and night, this venue provides the perfect setting for a more relaxed dining experience. Each evening you'll find a selection of dishes devoted to a specific theme - be it Italian, Indian or fondue.

Golden Lion Pub - The Golden Lion is an authentic British pub with a great selection of beer and cider. This complements a traditional pub lunch menu with favourites such as cottage pie and fish and chips to the standard you would expect.

Bars & Lounges

Café Carinthia - Luxurious drapes and chandeliers create a golden glow as you sip speciality teas and indulge in delicious pastries. In a central position on Deck 2 overlooking the Grand Lobby, this is the place to see and be seen.

Chart Room - With the Britannia Restaurant next door, an elegant pre-dinner cocktail is certainly in order as you relax amongst the decor of this nautically themed lounge and bar.

Churchills - After dinner, settle into an armchair and savour our rich worldwide selection of fine cigars and cognacs. Also on offer is a wonderful choice of Single Malt Whiskys, Plantation Rums and Ports.

Commodore Club - Sink into the leather chairs of this club-like observation lounge with sweeping views over the bow and choose from a wide selection of delicious martinis, or something special from our Commodore Club Luxury Collection.

Golden Lion Pub - A Cunard favourite, choose from a wide selection of beer, cider and wine to complement the delicious gastro pub-style lunch menus in a comfortable, traditional setting.

Grills Lounge - Exclusive to Grill guests, this refined, comfortable and relaxed haven is perfect for a pre-dinner tipple with friends. Enjoy traditional afternoon tea or sample something special from our bespoke tea menu, recommended by our Tea Sommelier.

Hemispheres - By day admire the expansive panoramic views that stretch from horizon to horizon, and by night dance to the beat of the big band and the resident DJ under the splendid glass-domed roof of the contemporary stunning nightclub.

Queens Room - Contemporary meets classic with an unmistakable sense of occasion. Cantilevered balconies, ornate frescos and backlit glass panels rise to the height of two decks. Waiters orchestrate a sublime serving of white gloved Afternoon Tea, and in the evening the room transforms into a sea of shimmering ball gowns for the Royal Nights Themed Balls.

Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar - If you fancy a glass of bubbly before taking your table for dinner then the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar overlooking the Grand Lobby is the perfect location. Guests may choose from among seven different Veuve Clicquot Champagnes, served by the bottle or the glass.

Winter Garden - Gaze across to the sun-dappled horizon in almost every direction from this grand conservatory filled with greenery. A retractable glass roof even allows you to feel the warm sunshine on your face without setting foot outside.

Activities

Royal Court Theatre
Enjoy West-End calibre shows featuring singers or comedians - other times you might catch an abridged classical drama or a high-stepping musical. You can even be served champagne in your own private box - the very first of their kind at sea.

Afternoon Tea
Indulge in this truly British tradition. White-gloved waiters serve decadent fresh scones with cream, finger sandwiches and premium tea in the Queens Room.

Royal Arcade
The very traditional Royal Arcade presents famous brands and chic designer boutiques in uncrowded elegance on Deck 3.

Book Shop
Shop at our intimate bookshop and souvenir shop specialising in nautical literature, posters, postcards, collectibles and memorabilia.

Empire Casino & Gaming Lessons
This elegant casino will set your heart racing as you spin the roulette wheel, play the slots or try your hand at black jack. If you are not sure how to play then take part in our complimentary gaming lessons.

Images Photo Gallery
Browse the Images captured by our Photographers on your voyage in Images photo gallery. Whether a formal portrait session, at the Captain's Cocktail Party or at the gangway, these pictures of you and your fellow guests are all displayed here for you to view and purchase. The photography team also produce a voyage DVD to capture the memories of your time on board.

Relax

Royal Spa
Cunard's Royal Spa and Fitness Centre comprises breathtaking ocean views, relaxation areas, beautifully appointed treatment rooms, indulgent therapies and a panoramic glass encased Fitness Centre. Discover a sophisticated range of specialty treatments set amidst a backdrop of legendary service and tradition, unique spa treatments and our complete Fitness Centre programme all within our spacious spa.

Music
Sit back and enjoy the sounds of the harpist or the string quartet in the Grand Lobby or the orchestra in the Queens Room.

Movies
Enjoy a first-run feature during your voyage in the spectacular setting of the Royal Court Theatre. You'll also find a selection of movies throughout the day on our stateroom television.

Library
Choose from one of the most impressive collections at sea in serene, stately ambience. Browsing the 6,000 titles is a real pleasure where warm mahogany, the ornate spiral staircase and leather sofas invite quiet contemplation.

Enrich
Internet Centre
Located just off the Grand Lobby, keep up to date on email with family and friends back home. Wi Fi hotspots are also available in public rooms and areas throughout the ship. Charges apply for internet and email access.

Clarendon Fine Art
The Art Gallery features originals and lithographs by great 20th century masters such as Dali, Chagall, Erte and Picasso as well as renowned contemporary artists such as Alexandra Nechita, Howard Behrens, Martiros and Bill Mack among others. Our knowledgeable Art Director is available to provide information about the artists and their work.

Cunard Insights
Explore a number of historical and contemporary issues presented by a wide range of speakers including explorers, academics, former ambassadors and politicians, historians and scientists, novelists, biographers and award winning actors and film makers.

Book Club
The Cunard Book Club offers the opportunity for thought-provoking literary discussions among our guests each voyage. It is led by the Librarian who will provide a short history of the author and lead the discussion.

Cunard ConneXions
Cunard ConneXions offers a programme of activities all day every day from watercolour to computer lessons, wine tasting to ballroom dancing as well as bridge and board games.

Cunardia
Enjoy our unique museum display of maritime memorabilia and artefacts complemented by an interactive programme that will help to bring tales of yesteryear to life.

Revitalise

Gymnasium
Enjoy a workout with the latest gym equipment in our state of the art gym on deck 9. All fitness centre facilities are complimentary.

Golf Nets
Practice your swing with the golf nets on deck ready for that next round ashore.

Deck Sports
Fun in the sun with traditional Ocean Liner games from shuffleboard to quoits. With daily tournaments to hone your competitive edge, you'll be an expert before you know it! There is even a giant chess board on deck.

Fencing
Learn the art of fencing for the first time at sea on Queen Victoria.

Swimming Pools
In warm weather, deck 9 is the place to be with a choice of two inviting swimming pools, The Pavilion and The Lido as well as four whirlpools.

Sports Courts
Sports enthusiasts can enjoy an energetic game of tennis on the court on deck 11.

Fitness Classes
Choose from a range of activities from relaxing Yoga and Pilates sessions to the more energetic Aerobics or Spinning classes.

Enrichment Programmes

Cunard Insights
With Cunard's Insights, you can explore a number of historical and contemporary issues presented by a wide range of speakers including explorers, academics, former ambassadors and politicians, historians and scientists, award wining novelists, biographers and acclaimed actors and film makers.

Book Club
The Cunard Book Club offers the opportunity for thought-provoking literary discussions among our guests each voyage. Book Club selections will change quarterly and are reflective of the interests of each ship‘s guests. Each Book Club meeting will be led by the ship’s Librarian or one of the Hostesses, who will provide a short history of the author and lead the discussion.

Royal Astronomical Society
The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), founded in 1820, encourages and promotes the study of astronomy, solar-system science, geophysics and closely related branches of science. Cunard is proud to present the Royal Astronomical Society speakers on board selected voyages, offering you the opportunity to learn about the constellations, meteorites, space travel and to participate in star gazing on deck (weather permitting).

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