Cunard have released details of the forthcoming $40m ‘remastering’ refit for Queen Victoria, which is due to commence on 5th May 2017 and is expected to last a month.
The refit will take place at Fincantieri shipyard, in Palermo, Sicily, Italy and will see various new features and addtions to the ship with enhancement on services which they already offer on board.
43 Britannia Club Balcony Staterooms will be added to the ship located midships on decks 7 and 8. Guests in these staterooms will then be able to eat in the brand new Britannia Club Restaurant. The aft decks of the ship will be modified in order to facilitiate the addtion of the new staterooms and restaurant.
The Grand Suites on Queen Victoria will undergo a range of enhancements. The reconfiguration of the furnature in order to create more space, and with a refreshed interior design.
Guests in the Deck 8 Aft Penthouse Suites will see sweeping changes being made and a total redesigned in order to create more space and sense of luxury. Guests in the suites will have commanding sea views from their private balcony, beautifully appointed bathrooms with whirlpool baths and will have the service of a private butler or concierge who will take care of any details and plans in order to make the stay more relaxing for the guest.
Each Britannia stateroom on Queen Victoria will also be refurbished in the refit. They will all feature new carpets, new soft furnishings, new flat screen HD televesions and also tea and coffee making facilities. Interior enhancements will also take place in the Queens Grill and Princess Grill suites which will maximise the use of space and enhancing the levels of elegance and comfort.
Queen Victoria’s popular Chart Room will be moved to a new location on board the ship and scorches any rumours that it was to removed entirely. With the moving of the Chart Room to deck 2, where the current Cafe Carinthia is located, there will also be a new classic menu which will be befitting to the the destinations that Queen Victoria has sailed to. There will be canapes and snacks and also scrumptious and mouth-watering Godiva chocolates on offer. In the evening, there will be special cocktails on offer, inspired by various charts from which ships used to navigate by and the destinations they visited.
A new Gin and Fizz themed menu will feature in the Midships Lounge and this will include an old-fashioned spirit tap which will help create atmosphere and character. Guests will enjoy a selection of wines, Prosecco, Cava, Champagne and premium Gins and spirits and these can be blended to create cocktails too.
Simon Palethorpe, Senior Vice President commented that Cunard were committed to delivering an experience to their guests that exceeds expecations by carrying out the refit on Queen Victoria. He said:
“This investment in Queen Victoria just goes to demonstrate Cunard’s passion for delivering an experience that exceeds guests’ expectations in luxury travel by sea. For the first time on Queen Victoria, guests can enjoy an elevated experience with large, well-appointed balcony staterooms in prime locations and the new Britannia Club Restaurant will be the perfect setting for those who prefer a more intimate dining experience in one of the finest restaurants at sea.”
Queen Victoria’s remastering follows that of her older and larger fleetmate, Queen Mary 2, which took place last year and cost around $90m to complete.
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