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Artemis Braemar Arcadia M/S Queen Elizabeth Queen Elizabeth in Gran Canaria, on her Maiden Voyage in 2010
Queen Elizabeth vital statistics Company: Cunard Home Port: Hamilton, Bermuda Gross Tonnage: 92,000 tons Cruising Speed: 20 knots Passenger Capacity: 2,014 Passenger Decks: 12 Built: 2010 Voyages sailed on this ship: North Atlantic
Queen Elizabeth - Cunard's newest queen.  Once again, there are three 'Queens' sailing under the Cunard flag.  Queen Elizabeth is the identical twin sister to Queen Victoria.  We left Southampton on 12 October 2010 for a 13-day voyage to the Canary Islands and Madeira, following in the wake of the Queen Elizabeth 2  over 40 years before.   Read my blog of the voyage. Click on the small photos to open a larger picture in its own window, and don’t forget to visit my gallery for more photos of this unique voyage. Read my review of the Queen Elizabeth on cruicecritic.co.uk
Cabin 6179 on the Queen Elizabeth The Queen's Room ballroom on the Queen Elizabeth The Yacht Club on board the Queen Elizabeth
We were allocated stateroom 6179 on Deck 6.  We had a large balcony with a table and two deck chairs and the stateroom was well equipped with flat screen TV, fridge, lovely soft Egyptian cotton bed linen and everything else we would need for a comfortable voyage. We also got the complimentary bottle of champers on ice which we took out on the balcony to drink whilst watching all the frenetic pre-voyage activity on the shore side below. The start of a voyage is always so exciting, more so when it is a Maiden Voyage and you are among the first passengers ever!
The Queen's Room ballroom.  This is a really elegant room, large and high-ceilinged with a mezzanine floor.  As well as dancing to a live orchestra every evening, you could partake of a typical English afternoon tea, with cucumber sandwiches and scones with cream and jam, served by attentive white-gloved waiters. In addition, Cunard World Club members such as Trevor and I gathered here for cocktails with the captain.  There were also classical piano recitals and it was so pleasant and relaxing to sip on champagne and listen to the lovely music.
The Yacht Club is another pleasant place where, during the day, you can relax with a drink whilst listening to the string quartet or pianist and during the night you can dance to the resident DJ on the compass-shaped dance floor in this nightclub at sea. This room was named in memory of the Yacht Club on board QE2.
The original bell from the QE2 is displayed on the QE The grand staircase on the Queen Elizabeth Official portrait of Her Majesty the Queen on board the QE
The Grand Staircase on the Queen Elizabeth, looking down from the level of the midships bar.  This led to the main lobby and the shopping arcade. The QE is almost identical to her sister ship Queen Victoria; only the decor differs.  Both ships are beautifully and tastefully furnished and decorated, with hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of artwork adorning the walls, alcoves and staterooms.  Everywhere you look is very elegant and plush.
The official portrait of Her Majesty the Queen, painted by up-and-coming artist Isobel Peachey. The Queen had officially named the ship on 10th October 2010.
The original ship's bell from the QE2, outside the Commodore Club.