Cunard, cruise aficionados and the curious masses, the wait is finally over. Cunard's Queen Victoria has arrived in its homeport of Southampton, sailing into berth earlier today.For fans of
The 90,000-ton, 2,000-passenger vessel's arrival kicks off a bevy of special events, including the Monday, December 10 christening led by The Duchess of Cornwall; a Victorian-era-themed street fair with waterside entertainment; and a grand send off with fireworks display.
For those not on Cunard's 2,000-plus person guest list, the ceremony will be covered live -- on large screens -- in nearby Mayflower Park.
On Tuesday, Queen Victoria will embark on a 10-night maiden voyage visiting the Christmas markets of Northern Europe.
Cruise Critic will be on hand both for the christening and the ship's inaugural 10-night Christmas markets cruise -- so visit our Queen Victoria launch page for daily updates over the next few weeks.
--by Dan Askin, Assistant Editor
Queen Victoria Arrives in Southampton
December 7, 2007