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Specifications of Queen Elizabeth
|Year built||2010 / Age: 10|
|Flag state||United Kingdom|
|Builder||Fincantieri (Monfalcone, Italy)|
|Building cost||GBP 350 million (USD 560 million)|
|Owner||Carnival Corporation & PLC|
|Speed||24 kn / 44 kph / 28 mph|
|Length (LOA)||293 m / 961 ft|
|Beam (width)||32 m / 105 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||90901 gt|
|Passengers||2077 - 2503|
|Decks with cabins||7|
|Christened by||HM Queen Elizabeth II (The Queen of UK)|
Queen Elizabeth Itineraries
|Date||Itinerary||Departure Port||Price from|
|2021 Mar 26||8 days, one-way from Singapore to Hong Kong||Singapore||$1099|
|2021 Mar 26||19 days, one-way from Singapore to Tokyo||Singapore||$2999|
|2021 Mar 26||28 days, one-way from Singapore to Tokyo||Singapore||$5099|
|2021 Apr 03||11 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Tokyo||Hong Kong||$1599|
|2021 Apr 03||20 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Tokyo||Hong Kong||$3699|
|2021 Apr 14||9 days, round-trip Southern Japan||Tokyo||$1811|
|2021 Apr 14||18 days, round-trip Japan Grand Voyage||Tokyo||$3623|
|2021 Apr 23||9 days, round-trip Japan Circumnavigation||Tokyo||$1399|
|2021 Apr 23||16 days, round-trip Japan Grand Voyage||Tokyo||$3137|
|2021 Apr 27||10 days, round-trip Western Europe||Southampton||$1239|
|2021 May 07||7 days, round-trip Atlantic Coast And Iberia||Southampton||$879|
|2021 May 14||4 days, round-trip Cherbourg And Zeebrugge||Southampton||$649|
|2021 May 18||10 days, round-trip Spain And Portugal||Southampton||$1339|
|2021 May 28||7 days, round-trip Spain And Guernsey||Southampton||$879|
|2021 Jun 04||10 days, round-trip Western Europe||Southampton||$1439|
|2021 Jun 14||10 days, round-trip Spain And Portugal||Southampton||$1439|
|2021 Jun 24||7 days, round-trip Belfast And Liverpool||Southampton||$879|
|2021 Jul 01||3 days, round-trip Zeebrugge||Southampton||$449|
|2021 Jul 04||14 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean||Southampton||$2249|
|2021 Jul 18||10 days, round-trip Western Europe||Southampton||$1539|
|2021 Jul 28||4 days, round-trip Amsterdam||Southampton||$749|
|2021 Aug 01||14 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean||Southampton||$2349|
|2021 Aug 15||10 days, round-trip Atlantic Coast And Iberia||Southampton||$1539|
|2021 Aug 25||5 days, round-trip Amsterdam And Bruges||Southampton||$899|
|2021 Aug 30||14 days, one-way from Southampton to Barcelona||Southampton||$2099|
|2021 Aug 30||21 days, one-way from Southampton to Barcelona||Southampton||$3209|
|2021 Aug 30||7 days, one-way from Southampton to Barcelona||Southampton||$1029|
|2021 Sep 06||7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean||Barcelona||$1229|
|2021 Sep 06||14 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean||Barcelona||$2199|
|2021 Sep 13||14 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean||Barcelona||$2199|
|2021 Sep 13||7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean||Barcelona||$1179|
|2021 Sep 20||14 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean||Barcelona||$2099|
|2021 Sep 20||7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean||Barcelona||$1179|
|2021 Sep 27||7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean||Barcelona||$1029|
|2021 Sep 27||14 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean||Barcelona||$1999|
|2021 Oct 04||14 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean||Barcelona||$1999|
|2021 Oct 04||7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean||Barcelona||$1029|
|2021 Oct 11||37 days, one-way from Barcelona to Fremantle||Barcelona||$4869|
|2021 Oct 11||43 days, one-way from Barcelona to Melbourne||Barcelona||$5549|
|2021 Oct 11||30 days, one-way from Barcelona to Singapore||Barcelona||$4199|
|2021 Oct 11||7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean||Barcelona||$1029|
|2021 Oct 18||36 days, one-way from Barcelona to Melbourne||Barcelona||$4629|
|2021 Oct 18||30 days, one-way from Barcelona to Fremantle||Barcelona||$3849|
|2021 Oct 18||23 days, one-way from Barcelona to Singapore||Barcelona||$3339|
|2021 Nov 10||7 days, one-way from Singapore to Fremantle||Singapore||$979|
|2021 Nov 10||13 days, one-way from Singapore to Melbourne||Singapore||$2009|
|2021 Nov 10||27 days, one-way from Singapore to Melbourne||Singapore||$3789|
|2021 Nov 17||20 days, one-way from Fremantle to Melbourne||Fremantle||$3269|
|2021 Nov 17||6 days, one-way from Fremantle to Melbourne||Fremantle||$1099|
|2021 Nov 23||14 days, round-trip New Zealand||Melbourne||$2299|
|2021 Dec 07||5 days, round-trip South Australia||Melbourne||$949|
|2021 Dec 12||7 days, round-trip Tasmania||Melbourne||$1179|
|2021 Dec 12||2 days, one-way from Melbourne to Sydney||Melbourne|
|2021 Dec 14||22 days, round-trip New Zealand And Tasmania||Sydney||$3829|
|2021 Dec 14||8 days, round-trip Tasmania||Sydney||$1389|
|2021 Dec 22||21 days, round-trip New Zealand And Tasmania||Sydney||$3449|
|2021 Dec 22||14 days, round-trip New Zealand||Sydney||$2499|
|2022 Jan 05||20 days, round-trip South Pacific And Tasmania||Sydney||$3469|
|2022 Jan 05||7 days, round-trip Tasmania||Sydney||$1189|
|2022 Jan 12||13 days, round-trip South Pacific||Sydney||$2369|
|2022 Jan 25||2 days, one-way from Sydney to Melbourne||Sydney||$449|
|2022 Jan 27||18 days, round-trip New Zealand And South Australia||Melbourne||$3219|
|2022 Jan 27||13 days, round-trip New Zealand||Melbourne||$2369|
|2022 Feb 09||5 days, round-trip Southern Australia||Melbourne||$949|
|2022 Feb 09||2 days, one-way from Melbourne to Adelaide||Melbourne||$579|
|2022 Feb 09||18 days, round-trip New Zealand And South Australia||Melbourne||$2899|
|2022 Feb 11||22 days, round-trip New Zealand And South Australia||Adelaide||$3339|
|2022 Feb 11||16 days, one-way from Adelaide to Melbourne||Adelaide||$2609|
|2022 Feb 11||11 days, one-way from Adelaide to Auckland||Adelaide||$1789|
|2022 Feb 14||13 days, round-trip New Zealand||Melbourne||$2369|
|2022 Feb 22||11 days, one-way from Auckland to Adelaide||Auckland||$2009|
|2022 Feb 27||3 days, one-way from Melbourne to Sydney||Melbourne||$649|
|2022 Mar 02||7 days, round-trip Southern Australia||Sydney||$1189|
|2022 Mar 05||4 days, one-way from Adelaide to Sydney||Adelaide||$1049|
|2022 Mar 09||23 days, one-way from Sydney to Hong Kong||Sydney||$3629|
|2022 Mar 09||15 days, one-way from Sydney to Singapore||Sydney||$2309|
|2022 Mar 09||35 days, one-way from Sydney to Yokohama||Sydney||$5529|
|2022 Mar 24||12 days, one-way from Singapore to Shanghai||Singapore||$2139|
|2022 Mar 24||20 days, one-way from Singapore to Yokohama||Singapore||$3489|
|2022 Mar 24||8 days, one-way from Singapore to Hong Kong||Singapore||$1409|
|2022 Apr 01||12 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Yokohama||Hong Kong||$2139|
|2022 Apr 05||8 days, one-way from Shanghai to Yokohama||Shanghai||$1409|
|2022 Apr 13||9 days, round-trip Southern Japan||Yokohama||$2099|
|2022 Apr 13||18 days, round-trip Japan Grand Voyage||Yokohama||$2629|
|2022 Apr 22||9 days, round-trip Southern Islands||Yokohama||$1709|
|2022 Apr 22||16 days, round-trip Japan Grand Voyage||Yokohama||$2439|
|2022 May 01||16 days, round-trip Japan Grand Voyage||Yokohama||$2429|
|2022 May 01||7 days, round-trip Japan Golden Week||Yokohama||$1999|
|2022 May 08||9 days, round-trip Japan Circumnavigation||Yokohama||$1519|
Queen Elizabeth Review
Review of Queen Elizabeth
Launched in 2010, MS Queen Elizabeth cruise ship is the newest Cunard fleet member, together with MS Queen Victoria (2007) and RMS Queen Mary 2 (2004). Cunard's newest liner will enter service in 2022.
History - construction and ownership
Cunard Line is a British-American cruise line brand, operated by Carnival UK and owned by Carnival Corporation (shipowner). Cunard is headquartered in Southampton (England UK) and is among world's oldest passenger shipping companies. In 2015, Cunard Line celebrated its 175th anniversary.
The 2300-passenger cruise liner Queen Elizabeth is Cunard's newest luxurious ocean cruise liner. QE appeared in October 2010 when she was named in a grandiose ceremony by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. Reminding the rich inheritance of the first Cunarder to bear the name, her stylishness both echoes that legendary age and improves her luxury modern charm. QE- the running mate to Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria has a modified design and is slightly larger than Queen Victoria, having more vertical stern.
On the 10th of October 2007, the name of the ship was announced by Cunard. After Queen Elizabeth 2 retired in 2008, the company operates three vessels. The ship was named as Queen Elizabeth, similarly to what happened between 1940 and 1948- then the original QE was in service the same time as the Royal Navy battleship- the HMS Queen Elizabeth. The Royal Navy, 6 years after joining the fleet, plans to introduce into service the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth in 2016. In October 2011 together with the other Cunard’s queens,
The cruise ship changed registries to Hamilton, Bermuda– this decision was taken in order to the hosting of weddings aboard. Who is sailing on Queen Elizabeth depends on where the vessel is heading to. Ex-Southampton cruises necessarily attract a lot of Brits. The handful of mini-cruises which operate every year are a big opportunity for first-timers to give a try to Cunard and whip up a more economically various crowd than usual. The annual world cruise draws a mixture from every place of the world, though there are large numbers of well-heeled Americans and Brits. Shorter sailings attract Americans and Brits, but Cunard's cruises are also very successful in the markets in Japan and Germany.
With her black hull, white structure and red funnel signals, externally Cunard Queen Elizabeth has the charm of the company’s heritage, following Cunard’s tradition. Modern luxury and the best of Cunard’s values are what guests can expect onboard.
The ship is identical in design to the other ship of the fleet- Queen Victoria, although passenger’s capacity is slightly higher because of the steeper stern. This difference is the reason why the largest suites at Cunard Queen Elizabeth stern have smaller balconies. The games deck is covered by a roof at the end of deck 11, which is not similar to the sports deck on Queen Victoria with her not continuous canvas covering. RMS Queen Elizabeth's original whistle was used to make a copy of it for the new ship.
Unlike previous Cunard ships, this is not a true liner, as not having heavy plating throughout the hull and also not having a propulsion system. The bow of QE is constructed with heavier plating in order to cope with Transatlantic run. Also, the ship has high freeboard. Queen Mary 2 costs about $300,000 US per berth, which is nearly double the cost of other contemporary cruise ships. That is why Cunard based Queen Elizabeth on Vista-class ship design, thus making an economical decision.
The ship's decor is different from Queen Victoria’s, although with identical interior arrangements. As a tribute to the previous Elizabeths- the original one and the QE2, this cruise ship evokes the 1930s, when Cunard’s first QE was launched. A feature on Queen Mary 2, not available on Queen Victoria is the Britannia Club section of the restaurant, featured on Cunard Queen Elizabeth. This way passengers in Britannia staterooms are allowed to use single seating dining arrangements, not having to upgrade to more expensive, Grills classes.
Cruise itinerary program
Queen Elizabeth itinerary program each year has a World Cruise leaving roundtrip from Southampton UK, with several one-way itinerary segments. The liner also sails in Europe (Canaries, Mediterranean and UK mini cruises), leaving from Southampton.
In February 2018, Cunard announced that for season 2019-2020, the cruise liner will be deployed in Australia to serve a 101-day program. During this season (December 2019 through March 2020), the ship had scheduled 6 roundtrips from Melbourne and 2 roundtrips from Sydney NSW on itineraries to Tasmania, New Zealand, South Australia, Papua New Guinea (14-day from Sydney, with maiden port calls to Conflict Islands and Kiriwina / Trobriand Islands).
For season 2019 (February-March), the ship had a 54-day long Australian itinerary program with departures from Sydney NSW and Melbourne.
In 2019 and 2020, the liner offers a unique for Cunard Line Alaskan cruise tour program based on roundtrips from Vancouver BC (read more in the Wiki section).
Most Queen Elizabeth staterooms are 240-470-sq. foot Balcony rooms. There are a total of 1055 staterooms (of which 127 Suites, 572 Balcony, 126 Inside rooms, 9 Single) in 20 categories. QE also has 20 Wheelchair-accessible rooms. The largest aboard Elizabeth is the Grand Suite (2130 ft2). 85% of all cabins are outside, with 71% of them, featuring balconies. The Princess and Queens Grill suites are situated around the ship, with excellent views, or in the midships, where balconies are deeper. Most of the top suites are on Deck 7, in addition to Queens Grill penthouses, two Master and two Grand Suites which include huge balconies, separate dining areas, and whirlpool baths. These are named after the knighted Cunard Commodores. The Master Suites have a bath with a sea view, and the top category- the Grand Suites offer outdoor dining and wraparound balcony. Queens and Princess Grill offer personalized stationery and marble bathrooms. The intimate Grill restaurants offer exceptional menus (with sophisticated creams and browns that glitter crystal and gold) and exciting sea views- located on Deck 11. The doors open to the Courtyard, and steps will lead you to the upper Grills Terrace, providing more exclusivity than the lower one, available for all guests.
Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks
Four main dining rooms and the Verandah- an alternative restaurant, the Lido- a buffet and a changing specialty option, are Queen Elizabeth suggestions. The Britannia Restaurant is the main dining room on board the ship, where everyone dines except the Grills and Britannia Club cabins. You may choose between two seating- 6,00p.m. and 8,30p.m. Britannia is open for full served breakfast on sea days from 8,00a.m. to 9,30a.m., on port days from 7,30a.m. to 9,00a.m.; lunch is from 12,30p.m. to 2,00p.m., open seating at both. A wide choice is on the dinner menu- five appetizers, six entrees (two of which vegetarian choices), two salads, six desserts, including cheese.
A step up from Britannia is the Britannia Club, which is a separate room for inhabitants of top-grade Britannia cabins. The menu is as, in Britannia, the atmosphere- more exclusive, dinner is from 6,30p.m. to 9,00p.m., open seating, breakfast and lunch served also there. The two Grill restaurants are on Deck 10, accessible with special keycards, sharing the outdoor terrace with a splashing fountain, sheltered by high walls. The Princess Grill’s menu is similar to Britannia, but with more items and a la carte menu. The Queens Grill’s menu is with bigger a la carte menu and you can have what you want.
The Verandah Restaurant on Deck 2 offers really outstanding food and is available to all passengers. It is open from 6,30p.m. to 9,00p.m., for lunch from 12,00p.m. to 1,30p.m. If you dine there you will enjoy a real luxury cruise. The Lido is a 24-hour casual dining venue on Deck 9. Breakfast is served from 4,00a.m. to 11,30a.m., and is followed by lunch until 3,00p.m., afternoon tea is at 6,00p.m., dinner- from 6,00p.m. to 11,00p.m., snacks available through the night. Other dining venues are Cafe Carinthia on Deck 3, which is open from 7,00a.m. and serves breakfast- pastries, lunch- quiches and salads, and afternoon tea. The Lido and the Queens Room offer afternoon tea and sandwiches, burgers, pasta and other, as well as the menu from dining rooms.
The Britannia Club, which is one of the four basic QE dining rooms, replaced the Chart Room bar which is available on Cunard's Queen Victoria, while the Todd English specialty restaurant, featured on both QM2 and QV, became The Verandah. This restaurant, managed by Cunard's executive chef, is remindful of the glory days of the first Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary, on which The Verandah Grill was regarded as the finest restaurant at sea. The Midships Bar, which is another much-loved Cunard's feature, is back, as is the Yacht Club nightspot, which is a lounge fondly remembered by fans of QE2 for its late-night dancing. Despite that Cunard is American owned cruise company, there's no lack of British icons such as a Fortnum & Mason hamper ordering service, Harris Tweed for sale and a sunlit Garden Lounge that's spiritual by the glass houses of Kew Gardens.
When you book you may request a sitting. The Britannia restaurant has two for dinner - at 6 p.m. and at 8.30 p.m. Princess Grill and Queens Grill do not have sittings - when they are open, you can dine any time you choose. A note for confirmation sitting and table number will be left in your stateroom when you board. Lunch and breakfast do not require allocated tables or sittings.
During the day, passengers definitely tend towards country club casual dress code. At night, even when it isn't a formal-designated evening, people dress anyway. There are three dress codes in the main restaurants after 6 p.m. each evening - which one applies each night you will be told in pre-voyage documentation and daily program in your stateroom: Formal (men - dinner jacket with a black tie or dark business suit; women- evening dress); Semi-formal (men- jacket and a tie; women - cocktail dress/trouser suit); Elegant casual (men - a jacket, tie is optional; women - skirt, dress or trousers). Shorts and T-shirts or shorts are not permitted!
Follows the complete list of Queen Elizabeth restaurants and food bars.
- Verandah Restaurant (French specialty restaurant at a surcharge)
- Britannia Restaurant (1351-seat, 2-level Dining Room; serves open-seating Breakfast and Lunch. Dinners are waiter-served, with 2 assigned sittings at 6 or 8:30 p.m. Inside is the Britannia Club which is a private dining room for Britannia Club Balcony guests)
- Britannia Club Restaurant (single-seating, complimentary dining venue for “AA” Balcony Room guests only)
- Lido Restaurant (450-seat buffet-style restaurant for Breakfast and Lunch; In two of its sections are offered itinerary-inspired dishes for dinner)
- Winter Garden Lounge (supper club/formal dining venue; features gourmet food and Afternoon Champagne Tea)
- Queens Grill Restaurant (142-seat, for Queens Grill Suite guests; with regular and an “a la carte” menu)
- Princess Grill Restaurant (132-seat, Princess Grill Suite guests only; open-sitting, with the same menu as at the Queens Grill)
- The Courtyard Restaurant (40-seat; serves Grills staterooms guests only).
Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport
Queen Elizabeth cruise liner is quite similar in many aspects to her sibling, Queen Victoria, in most of the design, cabins and enrichment programs. The decor indefinably feels lighter; chic, geometric Art Deco-inspired interiors unlike to the heavier Victoriana. There is beautiful artwork, rich Italian marble, polished wood and soft light everywhere, diffused by glittering chandeliers. The rippling sounds of a harp, soft piano or gentle jazz trio throughout the public places emphasize the whole feeling of old-fashioned glamour. There isn't neon or glitz on this vessel, and there are some gimmicks. Instead of capturing the public's imagination with water slides and high-tech discos, Cunard cruise company cashes in on its awesome inheritance, a sense of cause and old-fashioned pursuits like ballroom-dancing, lawn bowls or afternoon tea in the Garden Lounge.
Live music is played all over the ship. If you enjoy evening drinks in Midships bar or Café Carinthia, listen to the pianist and the harpist in the Grand Lobby. The Golden Lion pub presents a singing pianist, quizzes, karaoke. Every day dancing, morning, noon and night on Queen Elizabeth- most in the Queens Room built for the purpose, gold and blue. A large dance floor and stage for band complete the picture. Single ladies are accompanied by gentleman hosts. Jazz concerts and piano recitals are also held there. Every few nights Royal Balls are organized in the Queens Room. Other evening events are shows in the theatre, with 20 V.I.P. boxes. Forward is the Empire Casino and the Golden Lion pub. The pub is cozy and modeled as a British pub, is cozy enough. Roulette, Texas Hold’em, BlackJack and numerous slots are available in the casino- a nonsmoking area. The only smokers places are on balconies, the starboard side on Decks 3 and 10, in Churchill’s Lounge on Deck 10. The Midships Bar has seating around a marble bar and comfortable armchairs. In Queens Room, where a lot of people gather each evening drinks are also served. Bigger lounges and bars are on Decks 9 and 10.
Family-oriented in terms of facilities, Queen Elizabeth has the look of a “grown-up” ship. For that reason, families might feel better on P&O or Princess lines. The Zone on Deck 10 is a teenagers’ room for computer games, air hockey, Xbox, and for the smaller ones QE suggests a colorful children’s playroom full with toys. Outdoor deck space is featured, as well. These operate on port days only, but you better book in advance.
Cunard cruise ship weddings, ceremonies, and parties could be held in some of the QE's lounges. There is no chapel on board the QE ship.
Follows the complete list of Queen Elizabeth lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens, and adults.
- Royal Court Theatre (832-seat, 3-deck, with a giant movie screen; hosts high-tech visual programs, grand musical productions, and shows, as well as theatrical spectacles, performances by the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art)
- iStudy (Cunard ConneXions; separate meeting rooms featuring Internet computers); Internet Centre
- Grand Lobby Atrium (with a grand piano, grand sweeping staircase, interior glass-wall lifts)
- Golden Lion Pub (116-seat traditional British pub bar; features a large selection of the UK and international beers, large-size TVs, live entertainment, small dance floor)
- Empire Casino (222-seat, 6000 ft2 / 610 m2; with 115 slots and 11 gambling tables, served by Casino Bar)
- Queens Arcade (quiet area for relaxation with panoramic views)
- Cunard Place (nautically themed museum); Clarendon Fine Art gallery; Images Gallery (photo gallery)
- Cunard ConneXions (a complex of 3 rooms which host onboard events)
- Chart Room (cocktail bar with live jazz)
- Queens Room (2-level formal dancing ballroom; hosts evening dancing parties and daily dance lessons)
- Veuve Cliquot (Champagne Bar); Cafe Carinthia (patisserie, specialty teas and coffees bar); Midships Bar & Lounge
- Royal Arcade (boutique shops, top name brands); Fortnum and Mason Shop
- The Alcove (a quiet room with a big jigsaw puzzle); Card Room
- Royal Spa & Fitness Centre (size 20000 ft2 / 1860 m2, 2-level; with a Spa, Thalassotherapy Pool, Thermal Suite, Finnish and Herbal Saunas, Treatment Rooms, Relaxation Lounge, Aromatic Steam Room, Beauty Salon)
- Fitness Centre (Gym Room and Weights area; with exercise bikes, Elliptical machines, treadmills, steppers, rowing machines, yoga mats; has Aerobics Room for classes)
- The Library (with a large book selection - over 6000 volumes)
- Pavilion Pool (with 2 Whirlpools and poolside Bar); Lido Pool (with 2 Whirlpools, Bar and Grill)
- Commodore Club (indoor observation lounge with panoramic windows and live piano music)
- Admiral’s Lounge (premium liquors)
- Churchill’s Cigar Lounge (smokers room with a selection of fine liquors and cigars)
- The Yacht Club Lounge & Disco (nautically themed, glass-domed)
- The PlayZone (indoor/outdoor kids area for children 7+ yo); The Zone (for children 8 to 12 yo); Teen Zone (teenagers club area)
- Games Deck (glass-domed; with tennis court, shuffleboard, croquet, quoits, giant chess, golf simulators, first time at sea complimentary fencing lessons)
- The Terrace (private outdoor area, Grill passengers only); The Grills Lounge (Grill Suites guests only).
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Queen Elizabeth Wiki
Queen Elizabeth is currently Cunard's newest liner, with fleetmates Queen Victoria and RMS Queen Mary 2. As vessel design, Elizabeth is similar to Arcadia, Coral Princess, Island Princess, Costa Luminosa, Costa Deliziosa. HM Queen Elizabeth II is ship's Godmother. The naming ceremony was on October 11, 2010. The British monarch also christened Cunard's RMS Queen Mary 2 (2004), and in 1967 - Queen Elizabeth II (QE2 ship ceased operations in 2008).
Ship's inaugural cruise/maiden voyage started on October 12, 2010, leaving from homeport Southampton to Canaries (Spanish autonomy territory). The itinerary visited Lisbon, Cadiz, Tenerife, Santa Cruz de la Palma and also Funchal (Madeira Island, Portugal). For its first year of service, Queen Elizabeth did around 142,000 miles (230,000 km) of cruising to 100+ different destinations. Among the many celebrities who participated in ship's onboard show programs were Ruth Scott, Lord Jeffrey Archer, Brian Hoey. Ship's first birthday was celebrated in Malta (Port Valletta) on October 12, 2011.
On January 13, 2011, the 3 Cunard liners met in USA (New York City) on a second "Royal Rendezvous" to commemorate the second year after the first Royal Rendezvous. On this occasion, Elizabeth and Victoria crossed together the Atlantic Ocean. All Cunard ships gathered again in Southampton on June 5, 2012, to celebrate HM's diamond jubilee. A month later (on July 15), for the first time ever, Queen Elizabeth and QM2 docked together in Hamburg (Germany).
In October 2011, the vessel changed its registry (flag-state) from the UK to Bermuda, which allows cruise wedding ceremonies to be held on the ship. The word “Southampton” on the stern was replaced with “Hamilton”.
On March 12, 2013, the liner passed by RMS Queen Mary - an earlier Cunard fleet member. QM is now permanently docked at Long Beach CA (Los Angeles), serving as ship hotel. On March 13, 2017, the ship departed on its ever first cruise leaving roundtrip from Japan (Kobe). The 7-day itinerary (March 13-20) came after the local municipal government asked Cunard to schedule a Kobe-based cruise as in 2017 Port Kobe celebrated its 150th anniversary. The voyage included the Japanese ports Kagoshima, Busan, Hiroshima, and Kochi. This "surprise cruise" became part of the 2017 world voyage. CLIA's "2017 Summit at Sea" conference (May 9-17, 2017) was held onboard the ship. The itinerary (May 8-12) was roundtrip from Southampton to Hamburg.
In 2019, Cunard repositioned the liner for a 2-month long season in Australia (February-March), with departures from homeports Melbourne and Sydney on 7 cruises to NZ, South Australia, and Tasmania. For ship's Australian deployment, Cunard partnered with 4 local brands (R.M.Williams / fashion, Akubra Hats, Starward Whisky/distillery, and Australian Dance Theatre). Under the Starward distillery partnership, the ship carried "The Seafarer" (225-litre barrel of the boutique whisky). It was loaded in Sydney NSW and positioned on the top deck to spend 12 months around the world, and will be opened in February 2019 at the Australian season's start. The partnership with Australian Dance Theatre will result in live performances, along with onboard dance classes and workshops.
Operated regularly and starting in January each year, Queen Elizabeth offers Cunard World Cruise deals with affordable pricing, popular destinations, and big-city ports to visit around the world. For ship review, you can visit QueenElizabethCruises.net (history, facts, information, photos, videos, world cruise itinerary maps).
Cunard cruises Alaska 2019-2020
In 2019, MS Queen Elizabeth had scheduled Cunard's first ever Alaskan cruise season in over 20 years. The 27-day Pacific Ocean crossing itinerary (Asia-Alaska repositioning, May 5-31, 2019, Yokohama to Vancouver) included as call ports Aomori, Sapporo, Kodiak, Juneau, Anchorage, Skagway, Sitka, Ketchikan, Icy Strait Point. Cunard's 2019 Alaskan program included all four 10-night long roundtrips out of Vancouver to Tracy Arm Fjord and Hubbard Glacier.
On Queen Elizabeth, Cunard offers culturally-rich shipboard programming for all 2019 cruises to Alaska. The program includes four 10-day roundtrips (themed ‘The Last Frontier") with departures from Vancouver BC (2019 departure dates - May 21 and 31, June 10 and 20), with call ports Icy Strait Point, Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka, Victoria BC, Skagway. Highlights include scenic cruising through Inside Passage, Hubbard Glacier, Tracy Arm Fjord. Cunard’s 2019 Alaskan program includes the following special onboard amenities:
- Lectures by Dr. Rachel Cartwright - a naturalist with 20+ years of experience in Alaska
- Live performances by Alaska Native Voices and members of Huna Tinglet tribe
- Presentations by LaDonna Rose Gundersen - cookbook author and commercial fisherwoman
- Dedicated in-cabin TV entertainment, including documentary series “The Ketchikan Story”
- Complimentary hot cocoa and blankets provided on Sun Deck
- Live Navigation Bridge commentaries
On Queen Elizabeth, Cunard also planned a full 2020 Alaskan season (June through September). Due to high demand, the Alaskan 2020 program was doubled (in comparison to 2019) with 10 roundtrips from Vancouver (ranging 9 to 12 days) plus one roundtrip to San Francisco (overnight on Independence Day).
Each Alaskan voyage offers popular destinations along the coast of British Columbia (Canada) and Alaska (USA), and longer port times in Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway, Sitka. In addition, these voyages offer scenic cruising in Inside Passage, Hubbard Glacier and along Sawyer Glacier (Endicott Arm and Tracy Arm). Cunard customers also can combine these itineraries into B2Bs (back-to-back cruises). Cunard's 2020 Alaskan cruises include:
- 10-day "Alaska Voyage" roundtrip from Vancouver (June 2-12, 2019), fares start from USD 1600 pp.
- 3-day "Independence Day Celebration" from Vancouver to San Francisco (July 2-5), fares start from USD 600 pp.
- 16-day repositioning from San Francisco to Vancouver (July 5-21), fares start from USD 2660 pp.
- 29-day repositioning from Vancouver to Tokyo (August 29-September 28), fares start from USD 4460 pp.
Cunard Line offers for booking over 140 shore tours in Alaska, including "Whale Watching and Wildlife Quest", "Sea Otter and Wildlife Quest", "Taku Lodge Feast and Five-Glacier Seaplane Discovery", "Dogsled Adventure by Helicopter", "Wilderness Sea Kayaking Adventure", "Cooking in Alaska's Wildest Kitchen", "Bering Sea Crab Fishermen's Tour", "Scenic Mountain Ascent and World's Largest ZipRider".
Other Alaskan shore excursions are themed as ATV Expedition, Wilderness Cruise and Silverking Lodge Seafood Feast, White Pass Scenic Railway (Luxury Class), Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show and Crab Feast, Misty Fjords Seaplane Exploration, Ghosts, and Goodtime Girls Walking Tour, Exclusive Burro Creek Waterfall Lodge and Crab Feast.
Cunard also offers pre- and post-cruise rail tours, that include 3- or 5-day hotel plus 2 full days on the train. Rocky Mountaineer train travels through scenic destinations, such as the glacier and snow-capped peaks of Canadian Rockies, mountain passes, tunnels, and river canyons.
MS Queen Elizabeth refurbishment 2018 review
Ship's 12-day drydock 2018 refurbishment (November 15-27) in Brest France resulted in the following changes:
- All staterooms (cabins and suites) were upgraded.
- (deck 3) Royal Arcade was redesigned.
- (deck 1) Royal Court Theatre (ship's main show lounge) was completely overhauled (its audio and video equipment was upgraded).
- (Lido deck 9) open-deck spaces on Sun Deck were upgraded with new furniture, shaded seating areas were expanded.
- (deck 9) ship's wellness complex "Mareel Wellness & Beauty" (Spa, Beauty Salon) was extensively refurbished, and its treatments menu was upgraded via partnership with Canyon Ranch.
- Maintenance works included stabilizers, ABB Azipods (azimuth thrusters), water-ballast tanks, EGCS (scrubbers/exhaust gas cleaning system), piping and ducting, safety equipment (lifeboats, liferafts), tender boats, renovations of hallways and corridors, cleaning and repainting the hull. All works were conducted at Damen Shiprepair Brest shipyard.
Ship's drydock 2014 refurbishment (by Blohm+Voss, done in Hamburg) resulted in the following deck plan changes:
- hull works (cleaning and repainting) and routine maintenance
- technology enhancements: filter system upgrade, scrubbers (new eco-friendly technology to lower exhaust gasses and bettering the fuel efficiency), Azipod (Azimuth thruster) propulsion modifications
- onboard enhancements: new carpeting in all public spaces, passenger cabins (new mattresses and flat TVs), restaurant renovations (plus new coffee-tea makers), new jewelry shops (on Promenade Deck 3), restyling of the Lido buffet area (Deck 9), Photo Studio upgrade (new touch screen photo processing system), new sun-awning systems (on open decks 9 and 12)
- 9 new single cabins were added on Deck 2 (8 Oceanview, 1 Standard Inside) taking some of the Casino space.
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