The Cunard Queen Victoria is known for being a highly sophisticated and elegant member of Cunard’s fleet. Despite the traditional ambience and atmosphere her facilities are highly modernised and provide ample entertainment for those spending their days onboard.
Dining, Bars and Lounges
Queen Victoria has an array of gourmet restaurants and eateries on offer for guests, with dishes ranging from healthy and light to hearty and haute cuisine. Alongside the Cunard favourites (The Queens Grill, Princess Grill and Britannia Restaurants), Queen Victoria has a series of more casual options for those looking for a relaxed dining experience.
The Lido Restaurant works to a theme, offering dishes from Italian to cheese fondue, depending on the night. A slightly more sophisticated option, though still relaxed, is the Verandah Restaurant, a new dining option which offers contemporary French cuisine designed by Culinary Ambassador Jean Marie Zimmermann.
Whether stopping in for a glance at the game (displayed on wide-screen TV's as in any authentic British pub) or a hearty meal of traditional pub grub such as fish and chips or cottage pie, The Golden Lion is British to its heart and certain to impress.
Cunards Queen Victoria Commodore Club is beautifully decorated in the themes of the past and looks over the bow of the ship, making it a delightful spot to stop and sip a martini or aperitif at the end of the day.
The Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar is ideal for stopping in to celebrate a special event – say, for example, an enjoyable day at sea! – while the Chart Room is ideal for a pre or post dinner drink, where relaxed conversation is serenaded by the background sounds of jazz or classical music played by the resident band.
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Facilities On Board
The Hemisphere nightclub has incredible, expansive panoramic views across the waves, with a glass domed roof allowing you to dance the night away as the big band or resident DJ plays.
Queen Victoria’s extensive and beautifully decorated ballroom, The Queens Room, is the very heart of the ship. Complete with crystal chandeliers and a dance floor, it is the home to the Royal Nights Themed Balls – perfect for breaking out your ball gown or tuxedo for a spot of ballroom dancing.
Here too, fencing lessons take place during the day while the famous Afternoon Tea is a delight to behold in the ballroom, accompanied of course by a delightful string quartet.
The Royal Court Theatre rises through three decks of the Queen Victoria cruise ship, and offers the first private boxes at sea from which to enjoy the show – be it a feature film, musical or tragedy.
Cunard offer a series of educational lectures and talks on board all their ships, and Queen Victoria is no different. Alongside guest speakers ranging from explorers to politicians, winemakers from across the world hold educational talks and tastings for guests to take part in.
Enjoy a novel from the ships library, or relax in the Royal Spa, one of the ships whirlpools, or with a dunk in one of Queen Victoria’s two swimming pools.
The prevalent image of a cruise is one of sophistication and elegance and even though many cruise lines have tried to move away from this formal nature and instead make themselves much more casual, there is still a yearning amongst many for the high life that some cruises can provide and Cunard are certainly in this category.
The company has been defining cruising since the mid 19th century however they can currently boast to having the youngest fleet on the water with the Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2 all having been launched in the past few years.
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Cunard has been a roaring success recently with the amount of awards and critical acclaim that it is received: last year they won 16 awards at 11 separate ceremonies including Cruise Line of the Year at the British Travel Awards and Best Cruise Company from the Daily Telegraph Ultratravel Awards.
However, what kind of service can you get with Cunard cruises that justifies all these accolades?
Cunard for Elegance and Relaxation
As we have already mentioned, the focus on these cruises is very much on elegance and relaxation. All the ships have numerous swimming pools, a fantastic selection of bars and restaurants to choose from, spa treatments, a theatre, film screenings and a casino. So there is certainly enough to keep even the most restless of people occupied on board these liners.
Dinner and evening entertainment is where Cunard really shines and it is all about looking your best and mingling with the other passengers on the ship; on a 7 night cruise aboard a Cunard vessel you will usually have 3 strictly formal evenings, two that are semi-formal and another two for casual wear.
The cruise line has also gained much recognition for its shore excursions. For all the focus that is directed to what is on the ship, much of the emphasis on your holiday is geared towards seeing the places that you are visiting and Cunard offers some enthralling excursions.
These will be organised by the cruise line however you can go it alone if you wish and explore by yourself – something that many people do prefer.
If it is elegance and sophistication that you are after then Cruising with Cunard would be a very good choice.
Whether it is the black tie and ball room dress dinners, the cigar lounge or the entertainment at night, this cruise line certainly offers a classy but relaxed break away and the amount of awards that the company has won in recent years is certainly testament to this.
Prices shown are based on two people sharing the cruise companies lowest priced inside cabin and are per person. Note that prices, itineraries and availability are all subject to possible change without notice. Please check the final price before making a booking.