June 17, 2010
We Are Cunard
Posted in: Updates
Countdown to Queen Elizabeth – 117 days
Hello from the beautiful, hot and sunny Mediterranean. Queen Victoria is sailing on one of my favourite voyages heading up to Dubrovnik and Venice before heading back to Naples, Rome, Corsica and finally Cadiz. The exciting news is that we will have the rare treat of being docked very close to St. Mark’s square rather than the usual Stazione Maritima near the bus and railway stations. This means our guests will have the best possible views of Venice during our stay on Monday, so it’s also certainly worth a look on the Web Cam that day. If you haven’t seen it yet, there’s a great video that was shot last September of Queen Victoria sailing into Venice which is on You Tube/WeAreCunard and on this link:
Meanwhile Queen Mary 2 is enjoying one of her few Norwegian voyages and no doubt receiving a lot of attention as she always does in those wonderful ports.
But with less than four months before our new Queen enters service, I’m very excited to show you the very latest pictures from the shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, where she is in the final stages of construction. All that after this week in Cunard’s history from the 18th to the 24th of June
|June||18||2007||Cunard Line announces the sale of QE2 to Dubai World, who aim turning the iconic liner into a first-class tourism destination at The Palm Jumeirah in Dubai.|
|June||19||2008||Queen Victoria makes maiden call at Olden, Norway.|
|June||19||2009||James Taylor joins Queen Mary 2 for a special Transatlantic Crossing where he performs two Cunard Command Performances for delighted guests.|
|June||20||1914||The Bismarck is launched at Blohm & Voss shipyard in Hamburg. She becomes the Majestic after the war and when Cunard and White Star merge she flies the Cunard flag.|
|June||20||1975||QE2 offers medical assistance to a sick seaman from the Russian fishing trawler “Luga”.|
Queen Elizabeth is at a stage in her construction where the progress is incredibly fast. Since the last pictures I posted, her engines have been switched on and she is powering herself, as you can see from this picture of her bow and the lights on the forward balconies.
There is a tremendous amount of work taking place all over the ship, with all of her superstructure being treated with special protective paint before the final coats of white and the traditional federal gray are applied.
This is a great view of the whole ship’s starboard side which really shows the progress that has been made, showing off the extended Lido deck aft and the new enhanced Games Deck forward.
Meanwhile the interior of our new Queen has been transformed with the ship’s power illuminating the public rooms, such as the stunning sweeping staircase at the entrance of the Britannia Restaurant.
Another grand staircase is in the Royal Arcade where much of the plasterwork has already been completed, waiting for the final elegant art deco lighting fixtures to be fitted.
Another venue really taking shape is the Commodore Club on deck 10 forward. The marble covered planters have been protected under the black coverings and the deck heads will soon be completed.
We recently featured the stunning piece of Linley artwork that will grace the Grand Lobby, and you can see that the space is now free of scaffolding, and much of the wrought ironwork on the elegant staircases has been finished although they are also under protective coverings.
And finally for the moment, a space I’m particularly interested in; the Royal Court Theatre which is really taking shape. The tiered seating is all ready to receive the carpeting with the bolts all in place for the seating. The Theatre Boxes are now recognisable with some of the final embellishments complete, again under the protective covering.
I’m sure you’ll agree these pictures are a fantastic reflection of the incredible progress that’s been made, and of course I hope to get you some more pictures very soon. I’ll also soon be revealing some announcements along with some more interviews with some of the Officers who will be serving on Queen Elizabeth during her maiden season.
I’ll be back on Monday with Queen Victoria’s June Star of the Month I promised and lots more news from around the fleet. Thanks as always for all your comments and questions; please keep them coming. Cheers, Alastair.