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Queen Elizabeth

Capacity
2081
Crew
1005
Tonnage
90 901
Length
294 m (965 ft)
First voyage
2010
Decks
13

MS Queen Elizabeth (QE) is a cruise ship of the Vista class operated by the Cunard Line. The design is modified from that of previous ships of that class, and slightly larger than Queen Victoria, at 92,000 GT, largely due to a more vertical stern. The ship is able to carry up to 2092 passengers.

The ship's name was announced by Cunard on 10 October 2007. Since the retirement of Queen Elizabeth 2 in 2008 the company has operated three vessels. The naming of the ship as Queen Elizabeth brings... Read more

Queen Elizabeth

Cruiseline: 
Capacity (DO): 
2081
Crew: 
1005
Tonnage: 
90 901
Length: 
294 m (965 ft)
Beam: 
32.3 m (106 ft)
First voyage: 
2010
Decks: 
13

MS Queen Elizabeth (QE) is a cruise ship of the Vista class operated by the Cunard Line. The design is modified from that of previous ships of that class, and slightly larger than Queen Victoria, at 92,000 GT, largely due to a more vertical stern. The ship is able to carry up to 2092 passengers.

The ship's name was announced by Cunard on 10 October 2007. Since the retirement of Queen Elizabeth 2 in 2008 the company has operated three vessels. The naming of the ship as Queen Elizabeth brings about a situation similar to that between 1940 and 1948, when Cunard's original Queen Elizabeth was in service at the same time as the Royal Navy battleship HMS Queen Elizabeth. The Royal Navy's aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth went to sea the summer of 2017, six and a half years after the cruise ship entered service.

Design

Exterior

Queen Elizabeth is almost identical in design to Queen Victoria, although because of the steeper stern, at her introduction into service the passenger capacity was slightly higher with up to 2,058 compared to Queen Victoria's 2,014.

Also unlike many previous Cunard Queens, Queen Elizabeth is not a true ocean liner as she does not have the heavy plating throughout the hull. However the bow was constructed with heavier plating to cope with the Transatlantic run, and the ship has a high freeboard.

Interior

Although having an almost identical interior arrangement to Queen Victoria, the decor is very different. The ship is a tribute to the two previous Queen Elizabeth-named ships: the original Queen Elizabeth and Queen Elizabeth 2. She also evokes the era of the 1930s, in which Cunard's first Queen Elizabeth was launched, with many art deco interior touches. The ship also features a Britannia Club section of the main restaurant, which is a feature popular on Queen Mary 2, but not available on Queen Victoria. This service allows passengers in the Britannia staterooms to have single seating dining arrangements, without having to upgrade to the more expensive Grills classes. The sliding roof over the Winter Garden featured on Queen Victoria is replaced with a simple glass roof (the space being renamed The Garden Lounge).

Launch

Following the ship's construction in Italy from 2007 to 2010, Cunard Line officially confirmed that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II would name Cunard's new ship. The ceremony was held in Southampton on Monday 11 October 2010 before the ship set sail on her maiden voyage to the Canary Islands the following day. The Queen was also the sponsor of the now-retired Queen Elizabeth 2 in 1967 and Cunard's current flagship, Queen Mary 2, in 2004.

Service history

The first master of Queen Elizabeth was Captain Christopher Wells. On Monday 4 October 2010 Queen Elizabeth was formally handed over to Cunard. She sailed on her maiden voyage from Southampton on Tuesday 12 October 2010, following a naming ceremony with the monarch on Monday 11 October 2010.

At the end of October 2011 Queen Elizabeth and her fleet mates changed their registries to Hamilton, Bermuda, in order to host weddings aboard.

On 29 June 2012, the ship made her one and only visit to Ny-Ålesund, in Svalbard. The previous scheduled visit in 2011 had to be aborted due to bad weather. However, she was not scheduled to visit Svalbard in her 2013 schedule. Legislation relating to cruise ships visiting the archipelago (applicable from 2014) means that Queen Elizabeth will never be able to visit again.

On 13 August 2016 Queen Elizabeth made the 2,500th cruise ship call at Kiel, Germany.

Cunard Royal Rendezvous

13 January 2011:
Two years after the first Cunard Royal Rendezvous, RMS Queen Mary 2 met up with Queen Victoria and the then brand new Queen Elizabeth for another Royal Rendezvous in New York City. Both Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth made an Atlantic crossing in tandem for the event. All three Cunarders met in front of the Statue of Liberty at 6:45 pm for a Grucci fireworks display. The Empire State Building was lit up in red to mark the event.

5 June 2012:
All three 'Queens' met once more, but this time in Southampton in order to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

15 July 2012:
Both Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2 visited Hamburg the first time together.

12 March 2013: Passed the former Cunard ship Queen Mary, currently a hotel in Long Beach, California, for the first time along with fireworks display.

6 May 2014: All three Queens met up for the first time in Lisbon, Portugal, in preparation for Queen Mary 2s 10th birthday. All three on departure sailed in a one-line formation to Southampton.

9 May 2014: Both Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria led in single file, Queen Mary 2 up the Southampton channel, with both ships docking in a bow to bow formation performing a birthday salute to Queen Mary 2. Later on, all three Cunarders gather for a fireworks display in which Queen Mary 2 led both the Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria back down the channel.

25 May 2015: The three 'Queens' at Liverpool celebrating 175 years of the formation of the Cunard Line, which was formed and based at Liverpool. At low tide, the three ships stopped in line in middle of the River Mersey, bow to stern, turned 180 degrees in full synchronisation with each other, which was known as river dance), they then formed an arrow side by side. The Queen Mary 2 was in the centre with its bow in line with the Cunard Building at the Pier Head. The RAF Red Arrows performed a flypast in Vic formation, emitting red, white and blue smoke, over the vessels. An estimated 1.3 million people lined the river banks to witness the spectacle.

Special Voyages

QE2 50th Anniversary Celebration

In September 2017 the ship hosted a special commemorative cruise to honour the 50th anniversary of its predecessor the QE2. The Mediterranean cruise was chosen to pay tribute to QE2's role as a cruise ship. Special guests include Captain Ian McNaught, Commodore Ronald Warwick, Maritime Historian Chris Frame and QE2 Social Hostess Maureen Ryan.

Australia 2019

Queen Elizabeth will spend an extended season in Australia in 2019.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
MS_Queen_Elizabeth

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Attractions on Queen Elizabeth


Cafe Carinthia

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Located in a central position on Deck 2, overlooking the Grand Lobby, Cafe Carinthia is the perfect place to sit and relax watching the world go by. Sip specialty teas and coffees with an accompani...
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Spa

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Whichever shores you seek out in the company of Queen Elizabeth, her Royal Spa by Elemis invites you on a blissful journey thanks to its range of innovative and indulgent treatments, massages and f...
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Children's Outdoor Area

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Children's playground for their fun pastime.
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Library

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Choose from one of the most impressive collections at sea in serene, stately ambience. Browsing the 6,000 titles is a real pleasure where warm mahogany, the ornate spiral staircase and leather sofa...
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Spa Reception

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We will provide you with all the necessary information about the list of Spa treatments, their costs and will open you the door to a world of real relaxation and tranquility.
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Teens Outdoor Area

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Outdoor teenager's area, where they can exercise, play and feel themselves absolutely free.
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The Verandah Restaurant

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The Verandah is Queen Elizabeth's formal alternative dining venue and is your invitation to savour contemporary French cuisine that uses ingredients sourced in France along with an ambience that re...
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Aerobic Area

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Choose from a range of activities from relaxing Yoga and Pilates sessions to the more energetic Aerobics or Spinning classes.
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The Yacht Club

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Venture into the Yacht Club in the after hours and dance the night away. Named after the lively QE2 venue, with its quirky nautical features, including the compass shaped dance floor, this exciting...

Britannia Club

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Enjoy dinner in the relaxed atmosphere of your own Britannia Club Restaurant, a private part of the grand Britannia Restaurant, at a time that suits you. Varying menus and exclusive dishes create a...

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Exciting Video of Queen Elizabeth Cruise Ship


Dear cruise lovers! Last time we talked about beautiful Queen Victoria (you can find the story here). Today, as promised, we’ll get acquainted with another Queen of Cunard Line, Queen Elizabeth cruise ship,  and take a virtual tour of her. So, let's get started. © Public Domain/Pixabay...