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Queen Victoria vital statistics
Home Port: Hamilton, Bermuda
Gross Tonnage: 90,000 tons
Cruising Speed: 18 knots
Passenger Capacity: 2,014
Passenger Decks: 12
Voyages sailed on this ship: North Sea, (2007)
British Isles (2015)
Queen Victoria - We were lucky enough to get a place on
the QV’s Maiden Voyage. For the first time in history, there
were three 'Queens' sailing under the Cunard flag, the other
two being Queen Elizabeth 2 and Queen Mary 2.
Unlike the previous Queens, however, M/S Queen Victoria is a
cruise ship rather than an ocean liner. Nonetheless she is
absolutely opulent, as the photos on this page will testify.
We left Southampton on 11 December 2007 for a 10-day
voyage around the Northern European Christmas markets.
Click on the small photos to open a larger picture in its own
window, and don’t forget to take a look at my gallery for
more photos of this unique voyage.
Read my 2015 review on CruiseCritic.co.uk.
We were allocated stateroom 1040 on Deck 1. We
decided against a stateroom with a balcony this time
as we didn't think we would be sitting outside in the
North Sea in December!
We had been listening to the shipping forecast on
Radio 4 each day and were expecting gales, rain and
high seas. However, it was one of the calmest,
smoothest voyages I have ever experienced.
True to Cunard's exceptional quality, the stateroom
was spacious and comfortable and we were met with
the usual bottle of champagne on ice :-)
The Queen's Room ballroom. This is a really elegant
room, large and high-ceilinged with a mezzanine floor.
Each evening passengers congregated here after
dinner to dance to a live orchestra. Themed evenings
included a black-and-white evening and a masquerade
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.
Whilst the QM2 remains the flagship of Cunard White
Star line, many people will say that the Queen Victoria
is, in many ways, more luxurious. Certainly no
expense seems to have been spared on her decor and
Here we see the double staircase in the Grand Lobby,
reminiscent of the Grand Staircase on board the
Titanic. I always felt like a film star sweeping down
the stairs in my ball gown on formal nights! It was
also a great setting for a photograph.
The Queen Victoria at sea. This photo was taken
leaning right over the railing at the stern (lucky we
didn't fall in!) in order to capture the name of the ship
and her home port.
It was quite bracing in the December air to take a
stroll on deck but exhilarating at the same time. The
QV has a couple of outdoor swimming pools as well as
jacuzzis which maintained a temperature of 34°C, but
not many were brave enough to enter the water!
The Queen Victoria is painted in the traditional Cunard
colours of black and white hull and red funnel.
A stunning 3D portrayal of the QV at the
top of one of the staircases.
Cabin 4119, our “home” for a week during our
“Lusitania Remembered” voyage in May 2015. the
cabin was spacious and comfortable, but the view out
of the window was largely obscured by a lifeboat.
Queen Victoria in Cobh, next to the
statue of Annie Moore and her brothers.
Annie Moore was the first Irish emigrant
to be processed at Ellis Island, New York,
The Queen Victoria in Cobh, Ireland - 100 years to the
day after the sinking of another great Cunard liner, the