Cunard Line

Queen Victoria - Cruise Ship Review - Passenger Reviews

The 2,014-passenger Queen Victoria debuted in 2007 and near-sister Queen Elizabeth followed in 2010. The handsome Queen Victoria sports Cunard’s traditional black-and-red hull and grand interior spaces. A smaller, somewhat quieter version of the Queen Mary 2, the Queen Victoria also marries tradition with modern technology, design and innovation. Aboard Queen Victoria, for instance, an unusual show lounge arrangement invites guests to reserve in advance private box seats in the theater for special performances.

Dining & Public Rooms aboard Queen Victoria
Where Queen Victoria also has continuity with her sister ships is in the dining. As on Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth, each category of stateroom is paired with a sea-view restaurant. The restaurants follow a similar pattern to Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth, with Queens Grill and Princess Grill Restaurants for those guests in Grills suites, and the Britannia Restaurant for the deluxe stateroom accommodations.

Both the Queens Grill and Princess Grill Restaurants are located on top of the ship (Deck 11), enclosed by graceful and gently curving panoramic glass walls on the seaboard sides, and cantilevered out over the side of the vessel above Deck 10.

Both Grills offer a single seating, so guests can enter at a time of their choosing, and the restaurants themselves, although architecturally similar, are decorated distinctly to create an individual feel. Grills guests also have exclusive use of their own private bar and lounge conveniently located next to the Grills restaurants, and complete with resident Concierge.

French–style doors open from each Grill Restaurant onto the Courtyard – an exclusive patio area, where al fresco dining is offered, and steps lead up to the Grills Terrace – a secluded retreat that’s on the ship’s uppermost deck where Grills guests can enjoy luxurious sunbeds and dedicated waiter service.

The main dining room, the Britannia Restaurant spans two decks at the stern of the vessel and evokes memories of classic ocean liner restaurants with a sweeping staircase and marbleised backlit decorative ceiling among the focal points. Breakfast and lunch in the Britannia are served open seating, and guests have the option of either early or late sitting for dinner.

In addition, Queen Victoria offers several alternative dining venues:

•The Todd English specialty restaurant offers culinary experiences for lunch and dinner.

•The Lido Restaurants, up on Deck 9, are light spacious areas with sea views, and offer breakfast and lunch buffet style. In the evenings two of the restaurants serve different styles of regional cuisine, in a more formal setting, and the third continues to offer an extensive buffet.

•Café Carinthia is furnished in art deco touches and rich décor, and offering sweet pastries, fine teas and coffees.

•Golden Lion Pub, another Cunard signature, offers English pub food for lunch in a traditional British pub setting.

The grand Britannia Restaurant is where the majority of guests dine, many of them after dinner moving on to the gorgeous Queens Room with inlaid wood floor. The many other lounges and pubs include the classy nautical-style Chart Room and Golden Lion Pub. The library is among the best at sea and also guests always enjoy the ship’s permanent collections of Cunard and maritime photos and memorabilia.

You’ll find a forward-facing gym and spa, plus an indoor/outdoor play area for kids, several pools and hot tubs. Near the main pool, Queen Victoria also offers the lovely Winter Garden, an old-time space with rattan furniture, ceiling fans and a fountain. Outdoor activities include paddle tennis, quoits and golf putting (there is no wraparound promenade deck unfortunately).

Queen Victoria Staterooms
Retiring to one’s cabin is always an appealing option as well. From inside cabins to 11 categories of suites and penthouses, rooms are stylishly decorated and they all have at least a mini-fridge, bathrobe, slippers, American and British electrical outlets, dataport outlet and a half-bottle of sparkling wine waiting on the first day of the cruise.

Princess and Queens Grills suites guests are privy to even more of course, from a pillow menu to concierge service, shoe shine service, a separate bath and shower, a larger sitting area, and a full bottle of sparkling wine upon embarkation. Queens Grill guests are on the receiving end of complimentary daily canapés, fruit basket, butler service, and sugar-iced strawberries to go along with a bottle of champagne upon embarkation.

Ship Information
The Queen Victoria is an ocean liner for the new traditionalist, with an atmosphere of timeless elegance. Cruising the Mediterranean or Northern Europe on a Cunard ocean liner is an experience that should be on every cruise enthusiast's list of "Must-Do" cruises.

During a 12 to 14 day cruise you will meet many interesting personalities and have many engaging conversations. In the dining rooms over lunch or dinner, in the Champagne Bar and the Commodore Club, or perhaps over a pint of beer in the Golden Lion Pub. The possibilities are endless.

Ship Facts
Year Built 2007 ♦ Ship's Class: Victoria Class ♦ Country of Registry Great Britain ♦ Tonnage 90,000 metric tons ♦ Length 964 ft - 294 m ♦ Cruising Speed 24 knots ♦ Passenger Capacity (double occupancy) 2,014 ♦ Passenger Decks 12 ♦ Officers and Crew 1003 ♦ Officer's Nationality British ♦ Crew and Hotel Staff Nationality International ♦ Passengers to Staff Ratio 2.01 to 1

Cabins
Total 1,007 ♦ Suites with Balcony 127 ♦ Oceanview with Balcony 591 ♦ Oceanview without Balcony 146 ♦ Inside 143 ♦ Accessible Cabins (all categories) 20 ♦ Cunard Line cabins and suites represent a wide range of options. Amenties in all cabins include luxury bedding, refrigerator, satellite TV programming, and complimentary room service. Passengers traveling in the Queens Grill and Princess Grill Suites have access to a private lounge, and dine at a reserved table in their respective Grill Restaurant. Passengers in other categories enjoy dining in the traditional grandeur of the Britannia Restaurant, with 1st and 2nd seating for dinner.

Cabin Amenities
TV with music channels ♦ In-Cabin Movies ♦ In-Cabin Internet Access ♦ Private Safe ♦ Minibar ♦ Hair Dryer

Dining
Traditional 1st and 2nd Sitting Assigned Table Seating in the Britannia Restaurant ♦ Single Seating Dining for passengers in the Queen's Grill and Princess Grill allows you to be seated at your reserved table when you arrive ♦ Grill passengers can also dine al fresco in the Courtyard outside the Grills restaurants ♦ Specialty Restaurants (reservations recommended): Todd English, Asado, Aztec, Jasmine ♦ The Golden Lion Pub serves traditional pub lunch fare, such as fish and chips, shepherd's pie, bangers and mash ♦ Dress code on Cunard Line includes formal, informal, and casual evenings ♦ Each evening a more casual buffet dining can be found in the Lido restaurant ♦ 24 Hour Food Service Available

Public Rooms
Bars and Lounges ♦ Library ♦ Internet Center

Entertainment
Showlounge ♦ Casino ♦ Disco/Nightclub ♦ Card Room/Game Room

Sports and Activities
Outdoor Pool ♦ Fitness Center ♦ Sports Court ♦ Promenade deck wraps around the ship

Enrichment Programs
Cunard Line is known for its enrichment programs. Cunard Insights lets you learn about historical and contemporary subjects presented by speakers that include academics, explorere, former diplomats and politicians, writers, TV personalities, and more. On select voyages you might also find the onboard program to include lectures by members of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Spa and Wellness
Full Service Spa ♦ MedSpa Services ♦ Sauna or Steam Room ♦ Beauty Salon ♦ Yoga ♦ Pilates ♦ Fitness Assessment ♦ Health and Nutrition Evaluation

Children and Teens
Organized Age Specific Activities ♦ Indoor Children's Play Room ♦ Outdoor Children's Play Area ♦ Youth Staff ♦ Dedicated Teen Center ♦ Teen Programs ♦ Teen Staff ♦ Group Babysitting Services

Other Facilities and Services
Duty Free Shops and Boutiques ♦ Dry Cleaning and Laundry Service ♦ Business Center Services ♦ Medical Center