In its first big "reveal," Cunard Line today announced a plethora of details on its upcoming Queen Elizabeth -- and released the first batch of artistic renderings of the ship's planned interior. This is Cunard's third new ship in six years and is the second largest ship ever built by Cunard during the company's history.
Speaking at a press conference today in London, Cunard President and Managing Director Carol Marlow said the 90,400-ton, 2,092-passenger ship will feature "art deco flourishes from the past." The new liner is positioned to recreate the golden era of cruising and pay tribute to past Cunard Queens and royal links. The traditional red funnel will remain.
Some highlights of the ship include:
Cabins: There will be 1,046 cabins onboard, 85 percent outside; 71 percent will have balconies, and 12 percent will be Queens/Princess Grill cabins.
Artwork: Exhibits, photos and memorabilia will spotlight Cunard's links to royalty.
Grand Lobby: The Grand Lobby will be three decks high with an art deco feel, chandeliers and marble floor. There will be artwork two and a half decks high, but the design is still to be confirmed.
Midships Bar: Situated on Deck 3, it is named after the original bar on the original Queen Elizabeth. It will pay tribute to the ship with 1930's artwork, a piano for Ivor Novello evenings.
Yacht Club: A Queen Elizabeth 2 favourite is back! On Deck 10, this bar will offer sweeping views.
Queens Room: The Queens Room will cover two decks with a 1,000-square-foot dance floor. This elegant room will display pictures and murals of royal palaces and royal naming ceremonies. A highlight: The Royal Standard presented to the original Queen Elizabeth by Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, when she named the ship in 1938.
Library: Keeping with Cunard tradition, the library will be well stocked with around 6,000 books.
Commodore Club: This lounge will celebrate all things nautical with telescopes and ships models.
Cafe Caranthia: Expect an extended version of the cafe already in place on Queen Victoria.
Royal Court Theatre: The theatre will be art deco in style and feature private boxes. It will seat 832 guests.
Royal Arcade: Queen Elizabeth's shopping parade will feature Harrods and Hermes shops.
Britannia Restaurant: The Britannia Restaurant spans two decks. The Britannia Club will offer single-seating dining for those guests in upper balcony staterooms.
Garden Lounge: In this lounge and conservatory, inspired by the U.K.'s Kew Gardens, Cunard will host its "Supper Club" -- dancing, music and taster menus.
Games Deck: This concept dates back to the original Queen Elizabeth. Games are inspired by those from the 30's, including bowls, croquet and paddle tennis.
Queen Elizabeth, a sister ship to Queen Victoria, will launch on 12 October, 2010 from its homeport in Southampton. Its maiden voyage will follow the exact same path taken by QE2 on its first voyage. Departing Southampton on 12 October, 2010, the 13-night voyage will sail from Southampton to Vigo, Lisbon, Cadiz, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Palma and Madeira. Prices range from £1,489 per person to £15,799 per person.
Other itineraries announced, from October 2010 to January 2011, include voyages to the Western and Central Mediterranean and the Caribbean. Prices for a five-night Gallic cruise (with calls in Amsterdam, Zeebrugge and Le Havre) start at £599 per person while the 22-night Caribbean inaugural Christmas voyage starts at £2,999 per person and will include calls to Madeira, Tortola, St. Lucia, Grenada, Barbados, Antigua and The Azores.
Queen Elizabeth will go on sale on to past passengers on 1 April, 2009 before going on general sale worldwide on 2 April, 2009 at 1 p.m. GMT +1.
--by Kelly Ranson, U.K. Editor
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March 17, 2009