Queen Elizabeth emerged in 2010, christened by Her Majesty the Queen and becoming the newest addition to the Cunard fleet. The sister ship of the Queen Victoria, the subtle modernity of Queen Elizabeth saw Cunard Line sail into the new age through her effortless combination of traditional styling and modern refinement. You will notice the paler wood that lifts the décor, along with the architectural and interior design elements that were designed to retain the essence of the Cunard brand whilst taking the creator of “the most famous ocean liner in the world” firmly into the future.
Whilst a more modern interior awaits Queen Elizabeth’s guests, her exterior features remain true to the Cunard heritage. The traditional black hull glistens in the sunlight, complemented by contrasts of white superstructure and flamboyant red funnel; a combination that has become a signature of Cunard’s rich legacy.
Whether you choose to visit the Mediterranean, Canary Islands, Europe or the more distant shores of America and the Caribbean, Queen Elizabeth offers an incomparable blend of luxury and comfort; a place to call home as you sail around the globe and take in some of the most precious sights along the way.
There’s a definite English country garden ambience to the Games Deck and passengers are invited to pass the time with traditional ocean liner games of croquet, bowls or deck quoits. Revitalise your competitive side by competing in one of the daily tournaments or against family or friends. Once you are crowned champion, head to deck 9 to reward yourself with a relaxing soak in one of two swimming pools and four whirlpools.
Relaxation amongst such luxurious surroundings is a real treat, and the spa programmes offered on board Queen Elizabeth make for a stunning escape from the norm. The Royal Spa by Elemis is a haven of calm, a wealth of innovative and indulgent treatments pampering your body and soul. Complete your rejuvenation with relaxing Yoga or Pilates sessions enjoyed on deck, with the ocean as your backdrop.
Shopping in the traditionally styled arcades of Queen Elizabeth opens up a world of chic designer boutiques. While away the hours in the Clarendon Fine Art Gallery or take a trip down memory lane at Cunardia; a museum dedicated to years and liners gone by. Expand your horizons with guest speaker programmes or immerse yourself in the thought-provoking literary discussions of the book club. Enjoy a signature Cunard tradition with an elegant Afternoon Tea, the cucumber sandwiches and fresh scones served by white-gloved waiters in the Queens Room.
Cunard’s Royal Night Themed Balls are hosted in the magnificent Queens Room Ballroom, a venue where richly painted murals and artworks reflect cherished royal links. Dance the evenings away amidst the opulent surroundings, the orchestra providing the soundtrack and the chandeliers the illumination. Elsewhere pianists and string quartets will roam the ship, delighting guests with their impromptu performances.
The Royal Court Theatre presents imaginative performances by the resident Queen Elizabeth Theatre Company, including Broadway and West End inspired productions and abridged Shakespeare classics. For the ultimate regal experience why not book a Royal Theatre Box for the evening? A member of Cunard’s world famous crew will greet you at your dining table, before escorting you personally to your private box. Decorated as opulently as leading theatres across the world, you’ll enjoy the performance in absolute style and comfort.
Dining aboard Queen Elizabeth continues Cunard’s culinary traditions for incredible dishes, impeccably served. Four main restaurants each serve a menu created by Cunard’s Global Culinary Ambassador, Jean-Marie Zimmerman, while the Verandah restaurant delivers contemporary French cuisine in classically beautiful surroundings.
Passengers travelling in staterooms from inside to outside and balcony will dine in the beautifully crafted Britannia Restaurant. Guests will make their grand entrance down the grand staircase that sits central to the sumptuous surroundings, perfectly attentive servers waiting to cater to your every whim. Food is served from a divine menu of quintessentially British fare, created to the impeccable standard one expects from Cunard fine dining and delivered to your table with the infamous ‘White Star’ service. Choose between an early or late sitting, or book the Britannia Club Balcony stateroom to enjoy single-seating dining in the Britannia Club Restaurant.
Passengers travelling in the Princess and Queens Grill stateroom accommodation will dine in the delectable Grill Restaurants. These wonderfully created venues are the most luxurious on board and feature at the peak of the Queen Elizabeth, the paramount location to enjoy an air of tranquillity and a grand panoramic view out to sea. The open dining process of the Grill Restaurants gives guests the choice to sit down to dinner at whatever time they choose and expectations are surpassed evening after evening by the exceptional a la carte menu and flawlessly attentive service.
The sophisticated ambience of the Cunard fleet is enhanced by the dress code on board. During the day shirts and trousers are ideal, with the main restaurants requiring a casual dress code for breakfast and lunch. Though shorts are not permitted in the main restaurants, they may be worn in the Lido Restaurant throughout the day.
Evenings will consist of a mixture of formal and elegant casual dress code and you will be notified of each evening’s required attire in your Daily Programme. Elegant casual requires a jacket and optional tie for gentlemen, whilst ladies should wear cocktail dress or stylish separates. Formal evenings create a great sense of occasion on board, complementing the luxury surrounding perfectly. Formal evening wear consists of an evening or cocktail dress or smart trouser suit for ladies, while gentlemen are required to wear a tuxedo, dinner jacket or dark suit.
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