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Cunard unveils details for new Queen Elizabeth

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On March - 17 - 2009

Cunards new Queen ElizabethAt today’s Cruise Shipping Miami convention, Cunard Line revealed the first details of its newbuild Queen Elizabeth due to enter service on October 12, 2010.

The 90,400-ton, 2092-passenger vessel, is the sister ship to Queen Victoria launched in December 2007. Queen Elizabeth will be the second largest Cunard ship built in the 170-year history of the line. When the ship is launched Cunard will have the youngest fleet in the industry.

Queen Elizabeth will combine the Cunard traditions and modern day luxuries today’s cruise passengers expect. The ship will feature Art Deco features that reflect the line’s heydey in the 30’s, 40’s and 1950’s. Public areas will include a Queens Room, a Royal Court Theatre and a Garden Lounge with vaulted glass ceiling creating a conservatory inspired by Kew Gardens.

Queen Elizabeth Britannia restarantIn addition to the main Britannia Restaurant, spanning two decks aft with a Club section offering single sitting dining, Cunard’s Grills experience will be available in Queen’s and Princess Grill restaurants. A Games Deck will offer croquet, paddle tennis and traditional British bowls. Extensive entertainment programmes will include country house parties, Ivor Novello-style piano evenings and period dancing.

The ship will also feature a Yacht Club lounge and bar – taking the title of one of the most popular venues aboard her predecessor Queen Elizabeth 2. A Midships Bar will also pay homage to her original namesake liner.

Famous retailers will be accommodated in a Royal Aracde of shops over two decks and a Golden Lion bar will offer British public house food and drinks.

Queen Elizabeth Game DeckQueen Elizabeth will offer 1,046 staterooms in nine classifications ranging from Grand Suites to inside staterooms. Eight-five percent of the staterooms will be outside and 71 percent will offer balconies. The top six suites on Queen Elizabeth will each be named after a former commodore of the line.

Queen Elizabeth will depart on her maiden voyage to the Atlantic Isles on 12 October 2010. Fares for the 13-night voyage range from $2,995 for a standard inside stateroom to $26,145 per person for a Grand Suite.

Reservations for the maiden voyage will go on sale at the same time around the world on April 2– 8 AM EST for the U.S.

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