May 5, 2010
We Are Cunard
Posted in: Queen Elizabeth
Countdown to Queen Elizabeth – 158 days
Welcome to the second part of the special Blog showing the latest pictures of Queen Elizabeth in the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. This time we are looking at the interior of our new Queen which is changing every day with completion just over five months away. Before I show you those pictures – here’s our regular feature of this week in Cunard’s History from 7 to 13 May
|7 May 1969||QE2 makes her maiden call to New York.|
|8 May 1967||In sealed orders that are opened simultaneously, Cunard tell the Captain & crew of Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth, that the ships are to be withdrawn from service.|
|9 May 1975||QE2 makes her maiden call at Bremerhaven, Germany|
|10 May 1862||The Scotia begins her maiden voyage from Liverpool to New York as Cunard’s last paddle steamer. With the Commodore of the fleet Captain Judkins, she becomes Cunard’s flagship. She was a one class ship and was described at the time as “The Epitome of Paddle Wheel Design”|
|11 May 2008||Queen Victoria makes her maiden call at Ajaccio|
|12 May 1982||Having been refitted, following her requisition by the British Government, QE2 sails to the South Atlantic with 3,000 troops and 650 crew volunteers|
In the last Blog we showed you the latest pictures from Italy which featured the outside areas of Queen Elizabeth. Now it’s time to look inside, and one of my favourite venues on Queen Victoria is Café Carinthia, which will be expanded to become a larger space on Queen Elizabeth. As you can see from this first picture a tremendous amount of work is taking place in the deck head area with cabling.
Another area that’s starting to take shape is the outside of the Golden Lion Pub and this is becoming quite recognisable now with the windows looking into the Pub from the Casino area of the Royal Arcade.
Up on deck three in the Grand Lobby is the entrance to the Card Room, with the Alcove on the right hand side. This shows how much cladding work takes place around the ship, where decorative panels and moulds are added; often covering structural supports.
Staying in the Grand Lobby but moving to deck 1, is what is often called the hub of the ship; the Purser’s Desk, which, at the moment takes a lot of imagination to see what it will look like in a few months time.
Another favourite venue on both Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria is the Commodore Club on deck 10. The raised area around the bar to the left has been completed and there’s a lot of work taking place on the decorative elements of the deck head.
Just below the Commodore Club is the Royal Cunard Spa featuring the huge gym with amazing views out of the panoramic windows. This view shows the main part of the venue where all the exercise machines will be located.
Finally, towards the middle of the ship up on deck 11 is the Grills Area which is also coming on well. Some of the decorative deck heads are being worked on by the various craftsmen and this picture shows the Queens Grill with the entrance to the courtyard on the left hand side.
Well that’s it for another Blog, but with less than 24 weeks to go I hope to have a lot more coverage from our new Queen over the coming months, with hopefully some more announcements about some of the unique features you’ll find on Queen Elizabeth. Meanwhile I’ll be back on Monday with a post featuring Joanne Brown, who recently won a draw to become an Entertainment Staff Member for a day. I’ll also have more news from Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria as they settle in to their summer seasons. In the meantime please do keep your comments and questions coming in as it’s always great to hear from you. Cheers for now Alastair.