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Queen Victoria's Grand
Lobby Is Taking Shape
Valencia, CA, Sept
2007 - With a little more than three months to go
before her much-anticipated December 10 Naming Ceremony, Cunard
Line's Queen Victoria is taking shape and coming to life.
construction at the Fincantieri Shipyard in Marghera, Italy, Queen
Victoria's elegant and sophisticated style is gradually coming
together day by day.
The Grand Lobby, sure to be one of the ship's most popular meeting
places, will boast triple-height ceilings, a double sweeping
staircase and sculpted balconies. Highlighting the dramatic
space will be a signature piece of artwork, anchoring the staircase
landing and setting the stage for a dramatic sense of arrival.
Details about the
signature art piece for the Grand Lobby are coming soon.
Victoria's Elegant Queens Room Redefines Grand
Piece by piece, the
detail of Cunard Line's Queen Victoria continues to evolve revealing
her magnificent public spaces. The ship's much-anticipated Queens
Room, where guests will dance the night away to the sounds of a live
orchestra is seeing a near complete dance floor (below). It's also
the setting for Cunard's signature white-gloved afternoon English
tea service. Other hallmark Cunard activities to take place here
include formal balls, the traditional Captain's cocktail parties and
Cunard World Club events.
double-height Queens Room, a loggia-style venue, is reminiscent of a
grand ballroom in a large country house, with cantilevered balconies
overlooking the ballroom paying homage to the line's iconic and
much-loved QE2. The room's stunning ceilings feature a pair of
gleaming crystal chandeliers as well as specially commissioned
murals, by British artists, reinforcing the line's British heritage.
Victoria Turns the Page to Reveal Stunning Two-Story Library
2007 - With just over eight
weeks remaining before Cunard’s Queen Victoria makes her December
10 debut in Southampton, England, the ship’s distinctive public
spaces continue to evolve, showcasing the elegant design and
signature features for which the 168-year old ocean liner company is
exception will be the new Cunarder’s two-story library,
distinguished by a spiral staircase and rich wood paneling
(illustrated below), providing a tranquil and stimulating respite
for the line’s literary-minded guests. Situated on Deck Two and
Three, the multi-language library will feature more than 6,000
volumes, a broad selection of newspapers, periodicals and reference
materials. Yet to be completed is the wooden coffered backlit
ceiling highlighted by dramatic leaded glass with elegant
geometrical and classical patterns, creating a rich contrast between
the room's golden, green, and cream tones and the mahogany wooden
The inclusion of a
shipboard library is a longtime Cunard tradition, as the company was
the first to install such a venue on the Bothnia in 1874.
Queen Victoria’s library will be the second-largest at sea, next
to the library aboard her sister ship, Queen Mary 2.
Inspired with Old World Liner Elegance, Queen Victoria's Commodore
Club Nears Completion
Oct 2007 -
Sweeping views over the ship's bow, murals of past Cunard liners in
custom porthole displays and two intricate ship models at the
entrance - these are just some of the highlights of Queen Victoria's
Slowly coming into
view, the room's nautical atmosphere and Old World liner elegance
will be further highlighted by leather sofas and club chairs amid
wood inlaid flooring with a compass design.
Guests will enjoy
retreating to this cozy enclave featuring nightly live music,
martinis shaken tableside and an atmosphere of understated glamour
reminiscent of the Golden Age of Ocean Travel. For Cunard
enthusiasts, the Commodore Club will no doubt be a popular gathering
place aboard the line's new ship.
tuned for additional previews of Queen Victoria's progress and watch
for Cruise Diva's first-hand reports from the Naming Ceremony when
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall christens the new