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Queen Elizabeth vital statistics
Home Port: Hamilton, Bermuda
Gross Tonnage: 92,000 tons
Cruising Speed: 20 knots
Passenger Capacity: 2,014
Passenger Decks: 12
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.
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more photos of this unique voyage.
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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
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
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
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
The original ship's bell from the QE2,
outside the Commodore Club.