Cunard Line Limited

Cunard Line Limited

December 11, 2006 12:22 ET

One Year To Go! The Countdown Begins

Cunard's Queen Victoria enters service on 11 December 2007 Major Milestone to be Celebrated on 15 January when Queen Victoria is Floated Out for the First Time

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 11, 2006) - Cunard's newest ocean liner, Queen Victoria will enter service exactly one year from today, sailing roundtrip from Southampton to Northern Europe on her sold-out maiden Christmas Markets voyage.

Queen Victoria will mark a major milestone on 15 January 2007 when she is floated out for the first time at the Fincantieri shipyard near Venice, Italy, where the ship has been under construction in the dry dock since May. This is the first ship built for Cunard Line by the renowned Italian shipyard, one of the most technically advanced shipbuilders in the world, who have built more than 7,000 vessels.

During the float out, the dock valves will be opened for the ship to meet the sea for the first time and special ceremonies will take place to commemorate the initial introduction of the new Cunard Queen to the water. This significant occasion marks the beginning of the final construction stages for the 'sister' ship to the line's flagship Queen Mary 2 and grande dame of the seas QE2.

Carol Marlow, Cunard's Managing Director, says:

"We are excited by the growing anticipation of Queen Victoria. She will become part of the legacy and tradition of the great Cunard Queens. We look forward to bringing our guests the newest version of the legendary Cunard voyage experience."

On 6 January 2008, the ship will continue to make history when she embarks on her first World Cruise. The momentous occasion will take on even more fanfare when Queen Victoria makes her maiden call in New York on 13 January, meeting Queen Mary 2 and QE2, marking the first time three Cunard Queens will be in port together in the company's 167-year history.

Queen Victoria's post-World Cruise itineraries will be announced during 2007.

Queen Victoria will be a quintessentially Cunard liner that includes not only hallmark features associated with the luxury brand, but also exciting innovations including private viewing boxes in the Royal Court Theatre, alfresco dining for Grill guests, a floating museum display of Cunard memorabilia (Cunardia), and a two-story library with nearly 6,000 books. Expanded details on all of the design features, staterooms, Cunardia and the vessel's amenities and services will be announced throughout 2007, beginning in January.

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