The Cunard cuise and shipping company launched it’s newest member on the 7th December 2007, and is now on its second voyage. It arrived in Funchal yesterday, from Malaga, having set sail from Southampton the previous Friday. It is now on it’s way to Lanzarote.
I cut ‘n pasted some facts from the Cunard website, and even if you are not the least bit interested in Cunard or Cruise Liners, you might be amused to read until the ‘small print’ at the bottom, which actually came off their webpage.
Maiden voyage 7th December, 2007
Guest Accommodation 990 staterooms
Gross Tonnage 90,000 tons
Length 964.5 feet (294 metres)
Width 106 feet (32.3 metres)
Draft 25.9 feet (7.9 metres)
Height 179 feet (54.5 metres)
Guest Capacity 2,000
Guest Decks 12
“With the launch of Queen Victoria in December 2007, three Queens will sail together under the Cunard banner for the first time in our history.
To set eyes on her sleek outline, with her distinctive black and red livery, is to recognise her instantly as the latest Classic Cunarder, a unique marriage of heritage and innovation.
As one of the first guests ever to embark, you will encounter the dramatic three-tier Grand Lobby, whose magnificent staircase and eye-catching artwork offers a lavish taste of life aboard. Walk around the ship and you’ll see elaborate chandeliers adorn the Queens Room double height ceiling to enhance its calm grandeur.
The Winter Garden is all light and relaxation, very much colonial in tone, with decked floors and leafy foliage – its glass roof even opens to the warm breeze.
Elegant and stylish, every public room will create a unique ambience where our renowned White Star Service will continue to surpass expectations.”
“The Queen Victoria ocean liner is not affiliated with, sponsored or endorsed by The Queen Victoria® Bed & Breakfast, which is on the internet at www.queenvictoria.com. Furthermore, Carnival plc and its ocean liner Queen Victoria are not affiliated with, nor does Carnival plc sponsor or endorse The Queen Victoria® Bed & Breakfast.”
So the mightly Cunard liner company has been nobbled by the Queen Vic B & B! That must have been some good publicity for them – and they got a free webpage link from me into the bargain.
Many thanks to Tobi Hughes who got up at 6.30 in the morning to take the photograph!