Cunard Queen Victoria
Cunard’s Queen Victoria stands out on multiple accounts. For one, this ship debuting in 2007 is the cruise line’s smallest, but with such features as specialty dining, the Royal Court Theater, and the grand three-story Stairwell Lobby at the center, you wouldn’t know it. Two, it’s the cruise line’s class-less vessel, with 32 possible living arrangements and a bevy of varied dining choices to match.
The elegant, graceful interior mirrors that of 1930s ocean liners. The heyday of transatlantic travel is captured through beautiful marbles, woods, and rich fabrics. Lavishness pervades many facilities, like the Queens Room, based on the Osborne House for English royals, and The Grills, an area of top-tier restaurants, suites, and lounges with a sense of intimacy.
Since setting sail, this ship named after the British Monarch has traveled to the Canary Islands and the Mediterranean and has made world cruise and transatlantic voyages.
Living Arrangements, Facilities & Dining
Cunard’s Vista-class ship contains seven restaurants, 13 bars, three pools, a ballroom, and a theater, and accommodates 2,014 passengers. While the interior décor pays tribute to the cruise line’s history, the ship features 32 possible cabin grades. Space ranges from 152 to 2,000 square feet, with the most luxurious rooms featuring flat screen TVs and an upscale feel.
Cabin grade still influences where passengers dine, with the Britannia Restaurant being standard and Lido offering a 24-hour buffet. Along with more upscale fare in The Grills, you can order a la carte meals at Verandah, or get something quick and tasty as you watch the game at the Golden Lion Pub.
The Winter Garden’s another low-key dining venue. The conservatory style allows natural light to flow into an indoor-outdoor seating area, while the roof opens in warmer climates.
Much of the Cunard experience centers around dancing and socialization, with the Queens Room being that focal point. The Queen Victoria is no different, with the space open for afternoon tea and, in the evening, elegant dances and cocktail parties.
The Library is equally as beautiful and engaging. Access 6,000 titles during your time at sea, with a two-tier, wooden space the perfect spot for absorbing the information.
The Royal Court Theater is another immersive environment. High-tech musicals and productions are held in this three-tier space, which features the first private theater boxes at sea.
For more casual entertainment, there’s always the casino, where you can try your luck, or a host of lounges and nightclubs throughout the levels. During the day, the Royal Arcade is open for shopping – with designer goods and brands not found at sea – or the exterior Promenade is excellent for taking a leisurely stroll and enjoying the surrounding scenery.
See the world in grand style on board the Queen Victoria. To find an itinerary, browse Direct Line Cruises and then schedule your trip.