The Cunard Experience
April 2017 | By Cunard | 0 minute read |
The Cunard Experience. Embark on a very civilized adventure. Sail with Cunard to experience your ideal oasis of discovery, relaxation and sophistication.
Cunard continues its unwavering commitment to offering guests unparalleled travel experiences with the announcement of Queen Victoria’s refit this May. The highly revered ship will be taken out of service on May 5, 2017 to undergo thoughtfully designed enhancements costing more than $40 million at the Fincantieri Shipyard in Palermo, Italy and scheduled for completion on June 4, 2017.
The elegance, history and nostalgia of Queen Victoria’s art deco past will remain, while refurbishments will usher this regal ship into a new, updated chapter. Areas of focus will include the introduction of Britannia Club balcony staterooms and dining for the first time, with a dedicated new restaurant, as well as the refreshing of all Britannia staterooms. In addition, the ship’s majestic Grand Suites and Deck 8 aft Penthouse Suites will be completely redesigned, and a new Chart Room bar will be introduced.
Additionally, Cunard is pleased to announce a new Chart Room concept will debut on Queen Victoria as part of the refit. The new Chart Room will be located on Deck 2 off the Grand Lobby, where Café Carinthia is currently located. The Chart Room will feature illy coffee, Godiva chocolate treats and light bites by day and stellar cocktails by night. Cunard will also introduce a gin and fizz themed menu to the Midships Lounge, including a variety of wines, Proseccos, Cavas and Champagne alongside premium gins and spirits, all blended to create fresh and inspiring cocktails with a modern twist.
From comfortable inside staterooms, to a lavish Queens Grill Duplex complete with expansive balcony and private butler service - there is something to suit every taste and budget.
New to Queen Victoria is Britannia Club Dining with the addition of an intimate restaurant and 43 spacious Britannia Club staterooms (A1/A2) in a prime mid-ship location on Decks 7 and 8. The new and refreshed staterooms will feature newly-designed carpets, soft furnishings, new flat screen TVs, as well as tea and coffee facilities. The new Britannia Club restaurant will offer guests the flexibility to dine whenever they choose. Located in the space of the former chart room, the new restaurant will be built alongside the main Britannia restaurant on Deck 2.
The Cunard Grand Suites (Q1) will be redesigned and reconfigured to maximize space, offering enhanced comfort and entertainment options. The Aquitania, Berengaria, Mauretania and Laconia Suites will have similar square footage to those on Queen Elizabeth at approximately 1,436 sq. ft. Refreshed designs will include a new color scheme that harkens back to the line’s history with its signature Cunard purple.
Created to mirror a luxurious residential apartment, the suites offer fabrics with a variety of rich textures and layers. The Cunard Grand Suites also include: floor-to-ceiling windows and doors, a separate service entrance and hospitality preparation area, a separate snug room with TV, a beautifully-appointed lounge, a master bathroom with sea view, a second bathroom with guest access, a bedroom TV that folds down from the ceiling, a walk-in wardrobe with additional storage units, and a generous dual aspect balcony.
Cunard guests will enjoy five new Penthouse Suites (Q4) which will feature floor-to-ceiling windows, defined living and sleeping space and bathrooms with natural light. New color schemes reflect Cunard’s signature jewel tones of deep red and captivating geometric patterns.
If anything sums up the freedom of your voyage, it is the array of places to eat, from healthy to hearty, from light bites to haute cuisine. Just let your mood decide. Your reserved table in your main restaurant is just one of so many tasty options. The Verandah restaurant offers inventive French inspired dining. Part of the Lido transforms each evening into three venues. Bamboo offers Asian fusion, Coriander serves Indian cuisine and Prime is the spot for succulent steaks and seafood.
Guests staying in our Queens Grill Suites have a table reserved in the world-renowned Queens Grill restaurant. You'll always be greeted warmly by name, and appreciate the ultimate interpretation of White Service during breakfast, lunch and dinner, served when you wish between 6.30pm and 9pm.
Our sophisticated, intimate Princess Grill restaurant serves up unerringly excellent cuisine for breakfast and lunch, and for dinner whenever it suits you between 6.30pm and 9pm each evening. To match your choice, our sommelier will gladly talk through the impressive wine list. In warmer weather the courtyard offers al fresco dining, wonderful in more exotic parts of the world.
Your table reservation is at Britannia Restaurant, where grandeur and occasion combine with exceptional service. Breakfast and lunch always feel special here and whether you've chosen to take your seat for dinner at 6pm or at 8.30pm, you can arrive with a flourish, down the steps of the curved staircase.
Offering a more casual, bright and airy ambience by day and night, this venue provides the perfect setting for a more relaxed dining experience. Each evening you’ll find a selection of dishes devoted to a specific theme – be it Italian, Indian or fondue.
The new Verandah Restaurant on board Queen Victoria is a relaxed yet sophisticated alternative dining venue offering delicious contemporary French cuisine. With magical pairings of flavours, it's a culinary style that captures simplicity with style and excellence.
The Golden Lion is an authentic British pub with a great selection of beer and cider. This complements a traditional pub lunch menu with favourites such as cottage pie and fish and chips to the standard you would expect.
If you fancy a glass of bubbly before taking your table for dinner then the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar overlooking the Grand Lobby is the perfect location. Guests may choose from among seven different Veuve Clicquot Champagnes, served by the bottle or the glass.
Queen Victoria provides a wealth of engaging experiences to enjoy every day.
The Queens Room is the heart of the ship, where you can enjoy our signature Afternoon Tea, dance all evening and even take fencing lessons. You can settle into a sear in a private box – the first at sea – in the Royal Court Theatre or relax in the Winter garden where the indoor meets the outdoors, especially when the glass roof opens on sunnier days. At night you may want to save time for the Empire Casino or put on your dancing shoes at the Hemisphere Club.
Through Cunard Insights explore a number of historical and contemporary issues presented by a wide range of speakers including explorers, academics, former ambassadors and politicians, historians and scientists, novelists, biographers and award winning actors and film makers.
Cunard ConneXions offers an educational and entertainment programme of activities all day every day including watercolour to computer lessons, wine tasting to ballroom dancing as well as bridge and board games.
The Royal Spa
The Royal Spa comprises breathtaking ocean views, relaxation areas, beautifully appointed treatment rooms, indulgent therapies and a panoramic glass encased Fitness Centre.
In warm weather, deck 9 is the place to be with a choice of two inviting swimming pools, The Pavilion and The Lido as well as four whirlpools.Due to public health regulations, children in nappies, swim nappies, pull ups, or who are not completely toilet trained are not allowed in the pools or whirlpools.
Wine Lectures and Tastings
Leading winemakers from around the world will be aboard Queen Victoria's World Voyage to lead fascinating complimentary lectures and outline the exciting wine-themed events due to happen on board. Joining our expert Sommeliers, they will also host tutored tastings (cover charge applies).
We invite our guest winemaker to pair their wines with a lavish tasting menu, designed to celebrate the best of food and drink on board. The dinners are expertly hosted by the Executive Chef in partnership with the winemaker and will be held in Verandah Restaurant. Please note a cover charge applies.
Royal Court Theatre
Rising the height of three decks in reds and gold, the Royal Court Theatre is an already incredible venue. The first ever private boxes at sea add an extra dash of glamour to each dazzling show.
The Night Nursery
The Night Nursery is open from 6.00pm to 11.00pm. This facility is available to children aged 12 months to 23 months and operates on a first come first served basis.
The Play Zone
The Play Zone is a permanently supervised play area, staffed by qualified early years staff, for children aged 1-7 years. Activities include arts, crafts, books, puzzles and variety of toys and computer games.
The Kids Zone
Supervised by Youth Staff, The Zone is an area designed for 8-12 year olds providing games and activities such as games consoles plus sport competitions, arts and crafts and scavenger hunts.
The Teen Zone
The Teen Zone is a club for the 13-17 year olds. Activities will include table tennis tournaments, team games and deck sports throughout the day, with pizza parties, discos, quizzes and bingo during the evenings.
Our expert Sommeliers have hand-picked a range of fine wines from around the world to create a bespoke collection of Premium and Classic Cunard Wine Packages. For those who prefer to tailor-make their own selection we also offer two flexible options: the Commodore's and Captain's Collections.
The Wine Line
On board all of our Cunard ships, guests can also take advantage of the dedicated 'Wine Line' on board. Simply call the number listed in your telephone directory and you will be put through to an expert Sommelier to pre-reserve your chosen wine/s or seek advice on the perfect wine to accompany your evening's dinner.
Clarendon Fine Art
Clarendon Fine Art specialises in exclusive collectable paintings and sculpture to enrich your on board experience. Award-winning artists Sherree Valentine Daines and Jack Vettriano feature alongside some of the world’s most exciting rising stars. All artwork can be purchased and shipped worldwide.
Whether a formal portrait session, at the Captain's Cocktail Party, or at the gangway, browse the pictures captured by our Photographers on your voyage in the photo gallery. The photography team also produce a voyage DVD to capture the memories of your time on board.
Enjoy extraordinary shopping in the Royal Arcade, from top boutiques and brands such as Harrods and H.Stern, in addition to exquisite jewellery, high fashion and further voyage souvenirs.
Cunardia is our unique museum display of maritime memorabilia and artefacts complemented by an interactive programme that will help to bring tales of yesteryear to life.
Shop at our beautiful bookshop and souvenir shop, specialising in nautical literature, posters, postcards, collectibles, and memorabilia. Many voyages feature book signings by renowned authors and lecturers on board.