March 17, 2009
We Are Cunard
Posted in: Queen Elizabeth
Yes; it’s official Queen Elizabeth will officially join the Cunard fleet on October the 12th 2010. There was a press release today outlining the debut of Cunard’s second largest ship ever built. She will be the third new ocean liner to be introduced by Cunard in six years, giving one of the oldest names in shipping the youngest fleet in the industry. She is named after the first Queen Elizabeth, and will reference her predecessor in interior grandeur, décor and style, but with a modern twist. Art Deco features will pay homage to her namesake, and will allow the new ship to reflect a more civilized era of travel. According to the press release there will be the familiar features such as the “Queens Room”, but will also include a favourite venue from Queen Elizabeth 2, with her very own “Yacht Club”. There’ll also be a “Garden Lounge”, with a magnificent vaulted glass ceiling creating a conservatory feel inspired by the glass houses of Kew Gardens. She’ll also have a Games Deck which will offer croquet, paddle tennis and traditional British bowls. She will of course have the celebrated luxury Grills accommodation and dining, with its al fresco dining option on an exclusive deck terrace.
So what about the maiden voyage I hear you ask – well that will be on the 12th of October 2010 and will take guests on a 13-night voyage departing Southampton, calling at Vigo, Lisbon, Cadiz, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Palma and Madeira. The initial Queen Elizabeth brochure launched today includes itineraries up to January 2011 including voyages to the Western and Central Mediterranean and a “Caribbean Welcome” inaugural Christmas voyage departing round trip from Southampton for 22 nights with calls to Madeira, Tortola, St Lucia, Grenada, Barbados, Antigua and The Azores.
So if you would like to be the first to book on our new Queen, reservations for the Maiden Voyage and inaugural season can be made from 1pm UK time (6pm East Coast US, 9pm West Coast) on 2 April. To find out more news you can click on this link from tomorrow (18th March)
Meanwhile as soon as I find out anything else or get any picture previews, I’ll let you know so keep logging on. I will be back as usual on Thursday with more news. Cheers – Alastair