Cunard Line Limited

Cunard Line Limited

March 17, 2009 07:08 ET

Queen Elizabeth Unveiled

Cunard's Gracious New Queen Defines A New Golden Age of Ocean Liner Travel

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - March 17, 2009) - Announcing the first details of its new ship, Cunard today revealed that Queen Elizabeth, scheduled to enter service on 12 October 2010, will be the second largest Cunard ship ever built, and the third new ocean liner to be introduced by Cunard in six years, giving one of the oldest names in shipping the strength of owning the youngest fleet in the industry.

Queen Elizabeth will feature the unique Cunard traditions linking her with her sisters Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria, and their predecessors, along with some exciting features that will give the vessel her own style and personality, plus all the modern day luxuries Cunard's guests have come to expect.

Named after the first Queen Elizabeth, one of Cunard's greatest ships, the new Queen Elizabeth will reference her predecessor in interior grandeur, decor and style, but with a modern twist. From the outside, her distinctive black and red livery will hint at an experience that differentiates a Cunard liner from a modern-day cruise ship. This will be most evident in the ship's adherence to liner traditions, with elegant double and triple height public rooms on a grand scale, luxuriously endowed with rich wood panelling, intricate mosaics, gleaming chandeliers, and cool marbles. Art Deco features will pay homage to the original Queen Elizabeth, and will allow the new ship to reflect a more civilized era of travel.

And in addition to the extensive Cunard entertainment programme on board, Queen Elizabeth will offer some unique strands inspired by the era of the first Queen Elizabeth such as country house parties, Ivor Novello style piano evenings, and period dancing, from traditional ballroom to the jitterbug and the jive - all within the setting of this 21st century ship.

As successor to Queen Elizabeth 2, the ship will also reflect this great liner through artworks and memorabilia, and its very own 'Yacht Club'.

Queen Elizabeth will also pay homage to the links Cunard and the maritime world have enjoyed with Royalty over the years, with photography, memorabilia and exhibits.

Public areas will include:

- The Queens Room - a new take on the traditional Cunard ballroom, with artwork depicting views from royal palaces, and a photography of our current Queen and Royal family, along with its 1000-square foot dance floor, for grand balls and tea dances at sea.

- The Garden Lounge, with its magnificent vaulted glass ceiling creating a conservatory feel inspired by the glass houses of Kew Gardens, where Supper Clubs will mix dining with dancing under the stars.

- The Games Deck which will offer, croquet, paddle tennis and traditional British bowls, celebrating the oldest surviving bowls green in Cunard's home port of Southampton.

- The art deco style Britannia Restaurant, with its unique and elegant sweeping staircase, where ladies can create an enviable grand entrance.

- The Britannia Club for single seating dining for those in the top balcony staterooms.

- The Midships Bar which will pay homage to her namesake liner, the first Queen Elizabeth, with memorabilia displayed from that era.

The ship will also feature the line's celebrated luxury Grills accommodation and dining, with its al fresco dining option on an exclusive deck terrace, beautiful restaurants, Grills Lounge and sunbathing deck.

And, of course, Queen Elizabeth has been constructed with impressive sea keeping qualities that will enable her to travel easily and efficiently through the world's oceans.

Carol Marlow, Cunard's President and Managing Director, says:

"Cunard has the distinction of owning the most famous ocean liners in the world, and I'm delighted to be able to announce this magnificent addition to our fleet - Sir Samuel Cunard himself would have been rightly proud. For over 70 years there has been an 'Elizabeth' in the fleet and this beautiful modern day celebration of our past 'Elizabeths' will ensure this proud tradition will continue far into this century. The new Queen Elizabeth will be a classically styled Cunard Queen with art deco features, and, together with her sisters Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria, will offer a New Golden Age of Ocean Liner Travel complete with our exclusive White Star Service".

Carol Marlow added that the introduction of this ship is particularly noteworthy as, following the withdrawal from service of QE2 last year, it will mark a return to Cunard enjoying three Queens in service together, a first established during 2008, after the launch of Queen Victoria. But now, all three ships will offer the benefits of modern design and state of the art technology.

Queen Elizabeth will depart on her Maiden Voyage to the Atlantic Isles on 12 October 2010. This 13-night voyage will leave from the company's home port, Southampton, and will call at Vigo, Lisbon, Cadiz, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Palma and Madeira. Fares will range from Pounds Sterling 1,489 per person for a D8 standard inside stateroom to Pounds Sterling 15,799 per person for one of the remarkable Q1 grade Grand Suites.

The initial Queen Elizabeth brochure launched today includes itineraries from October 2010 to January 2011 including voyages to the Western and Central Mediterranean and the Caribbean. Fares start from just Pounds Sterling 599 per person for the 'Gallic Debut' five-night Party Voyage (ports of call: Amsterdam, Zeebrugge and Le Havre) while the 22-night 'A Caribbean Welcome' inaugural Christmas voyage has fares from Pounds Sterling 2,999 per person and calls at Madeira, Tortola, St Lucia, Grenada, Barbados, Antigua and The Azores.

Reservations for the Maiden Voyage and inaugural season can be made from 1pm on 2 April. To find out more, or make a reservation, guests should contact their local travel agent, or call Cunard on 0845 071 0300.


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