Queen Victoria has now returned to the UK after her £34million investment with a host of new features including additional cabins and suites, and a new restaurant. Queen Victoria was taken out of service on 5 May 2017 to undergo thoughtfully designed enhancements at the Fincantieri Shipyard in Palermo, Italy and was completed on June 4 2017.
Last year, sister ship Queen Mary 2 went through a £90 million ‘Remastering’, which saw everything from the introduction of single cabins, to the transformations of the King’s Court and Grand Lobby, and smaller details such as furnishings in Queen Mary 2’s Grills Suites. Queen Victoria is the second of Cunard’s three ships to be refurbished, with Queen Elizabeth to undergo her refurbishment late next year.
Simon Palethorpe, Senior Vice President for Cunard, said: “This investment in Queen Victoria just goes to demonstrate Cunard’s passion for delivering an experience that exceeds guests’ expectations in luxury travel by sea. 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.”
Queen Victoria’s art deco past remains, with the refurbishments ushering in a new and updated chapter. Britannia Club Dining is new to Queen Victoria, as is the addition of an intimate restaurant and 43 spacious Britannia Club staterooms. The new and refreshed staterooms feature soft furnishings, new flat screen TVs, as well as tea and coffee facilities. The new Britannia Club restaurant also offers guests the flexibility to dine whenever they choose. Inspiration has been taken from the line’s signature Cunard purple, which features in Queen Victoria’s completely redesigned Grand Suites and Deck 8 aft Penthouse Suites. In addition to all this, a new Chart Room bar has also been introduced.
Located on Deck 2, the new Chart Room features illy coffee, Godiva chocolate treats and light bites by day and cocktails by night. Also introduced on board was a “gin and fizz” themed menu in the Midships Lounge, featuring a variety of wines, Proseccos, Cavas and Champagne alongside premium gins and spirits, all blended to create fresh and inspiring cocktails with a modern twist.
You can take a sneak peek of Queen Victoria’s enhancements as Cunard take you on a guided tour in this video.