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Introducing Queen Victoria

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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.

Currently under construction at the Fincantieri Shipyard in Marghera, Italy, Queen Victoria's elegant and sophisticated style is gradually coming together day by day.

Pictured Below:  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.

Queen 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.

The dramatic 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.

Queen Victoria Turns the Page to Reveal Stunning Two-Story Library

Oct 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 known.

Without 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 cabinetry below.

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.

Nautically 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 Commodore Club. 

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.

Stay 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 Cunarder.

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