Stepping onboard a Cunard ship opens up a world of traditional style cruising - where impeccable service, luxurious surroundings, top class facilities, and a 179-year heritage combine to bring you an experience like no other. Dine on gourmet cuisine, enrich your mind with the Cunard Insights programme, pamper yourself in an indulgent spa, explore exciting ports of call, and experience some of the best entertainment at sea.
Queen Victoria joined the fleet in 2007, when she was launched by the Duchess of Cornwall. From her sleek black and white livery outside, to her luxurious and warm interior, plush carpets and sumptuous fabrics, she continues the traditions of the Cunard Line. She offers plenty of space but retains an air of intimacy, and blends exciting and modern facilities with the White Star Service that is synonymous with Cunard brand. Early 2015 saw her undergo a makeover with new carpets, mattresses and awnings, along with additional single cabins, and internet stations in the library.
Queen Victoria starts the year with her Round the World voyage, and in spring and early autumn offers a selection of short break and seven night cruises from Southampton. During the summer months, Queen Victoria heads out to the Mediterranean to present an exciting mix of 14 and 21 night fly cruises, sailing from one of four historic cities – Athens, Rome, Istanbul and Venice. Winter sees her hot on the trail of winter sunshine with cruises to the Canary Islands from Southampton.
The Britannia Restaurant is the main dining room for guests on Queen Victoria, providing gourmet cuisine and impeccable service. The Britannia Restaurant offers you the choice traditional style dining, with either an early or late seating, along with the option of any time dining, which allows you the flexibility to dine at your leisure. Queen Grill level staterooms come with a reserved table in the Queen Grill each evening; while Princess Grill stateroom guests have the option of any time dining in the Princess Grill from 6.30pm to 9.00pm. The Verandah restaurant offers contemporary French cuisine in stylish surrounding. The Lido presents relaxed style dining through the day, and in the evening partly transforms into one of three pop-up dining venues - there’s Asian fusion cuisine in Bamboo, spicy Indian fare in Coriander, or succulent steaks and seafood in Prime.
Whether you’re seeking a refreshing afternoon drink, a quiet after dinner cocktail, or a celebratory glass of champagne, the barmen in the bars and lounges onboard Queen Victoria are just waiting to serve you. The Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar, which overlooks the Grand Lobby, is the ultimate place to celebrate a special occasion, or to simply treat yourself to a glass of bubbly from the condensed menu of seven champagnes. Overlooking the bow of the ship, the Commodore Club is the perfect spot to sit back and admire the sun setting over the horizon whilst sipping your favourite drink; or why not try the Martini Mixology or Whisky Tasting classes on offer here too? The Grand Lobby is the setting for Cafe Corinthia and its selection of refreshing teas, freshly brewed coffees and tempting pastries. The nautically themed Chart Room sits next door to the Britannia restaurant for pre-dinner drinks and cocktails. The Golden Lion is an authentic British pub, which combines a traditional pub lunch menu with ice cold beers and ciders. Whatever your tastes Queen Victoria is sure to wow you time and time again.
Queen Victoria can’t fail to impress with its amazing line-up of onboard entertainment. The Queens Room is the real heartbeat of the ship, serving Afternoon Tea in the daytime, and in the evening hosting Captain's cocktail parties and elegant balls. The Royal Court Theatre serves up an eclectic mix of entertainment - from lavish production shows to musical extravaganzas and cabaret acts. The Commodore Club offers piano music, or you can sit back and listen to jazz or classic music in the Chart Room. The Golden Lion brings together karaoke and pub quizzes in a laid back setting. For a relaxing evening, the Winter Garden is the place to be, whether it is sipping on a delicious cocktail or simply watching the world go by. Sitting beneath a glass-domed roof, the Hemisphere nightspot is the perfect spot to dance the night away to both a big band sound or the resident DJ.
Day 1: Southampton, UK
Arrive in Southampton and embark on board Queen Victoria.
Day 3: Newcastle
Newcastle sits on the River Tyne in England's North East. Explore Tyneside's rich history at Discovery Museum and the Great North Museum, or learn about innovation and science at the Centre for Life. Indulge in retail therapy around Eldon Square or take a tour of St James' Park - home to Newcastle United Football Club. Escape to the tranquil surroundings of Jesmond Dene or step back in time at the open-air Beamish Museum. Cross Gateshead Millennium Bridge to visit Gateshead music centre and the BALTIC Centre of Contemporary Art; keeping your eyes peeled for the Angel of the North in the distance. Venture further afield to the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Durham City, Hadrian's Roman Wall and Alnwick Castle.
Day 4: Edinburgh
Edinburgh is home to the famous Royal Mile which leads upwards to Edinburgh Castle. The streets of the city's Old Town are lined with medieval buildings, while its modern streets are filled with trendy bars, world-famous shops and innovative restaurants. Visit the Scottish Parliament Building, National Museum of Scotland, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, and the beautiful Princes Street Gardens. You can tour the 16th-century Palace of Holyroodhouse — former home of Mary, Queen of Scots — and take a scenic stroll up Arthur's Seat. Step aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia or explore the world of whisky making at the Scotch Whisky Experience.
Day 5: Inverness
Sitting proudly where the River Ness meets the Moray Firth on Scotland's northeast coast is the city of Inverness. This cultural capital of the Scottish Highlands is home to an Old Town with its 19th-century Inverness Church, 18th-century Old High Church, and shopping opportunities at the indoor Victorian Market. Trace Inverness' local and Highland history at the contemporary Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. Walk in the direction of the Caledonian Canal along the banks of the river and you'll find the Ness Islands. Pay a visit to Whin Park with its boating pond and miniature railway or explore the flora and fauna in the sub-tropical environs of the Botanic Gardens. You can also take a boat trip from Inverness Marina in search of Bottlenose Dolphins or stop by the interactive Ship Space maritime museum to see the 1:10 scale model of Titanic.
Day 7: Glasgow
Arrive in Greenock - gateway to the vibrant city of Glasgow. Set on the River Clyde in the western Lowlands, Glasgow was voted the world's friendliest city. Hop on a City Sightseeing bus to take a whistle-stop tour of the city's famous attractions. Charles Rennie Mackintosh fans will love The Willow Tea Room, The Lighthouse, House of an Art Lover and the Glasgow School of Art. Pay a visit to Glasgow Science Museum or step aboard the Tall Ship: SV Glenlee on the waterfront. No visit to Scotland would be complete without sampling the region's 'water of life' - Scotch whisky - with a tour of Glengoyne Distillery. There's also family fun at Loch Lomond Aquarium and Snow Factor on the outskirts of the city.
Day 8: Belfast
Belfast, capital of Northern Ireland, enjoys a wonderful setting of high hills, sea lough and river valley. Its name originated from the Gaelic ‘Beal Feirste’ meaning ‘mouth of the sandy fjord’. Founded in the 17th century, the city prospered becoming one of the world’s leading industrial names, and was home to Harland and Wolff – the shipbuilders who built the ill-fated Titanic. Despite its more recent political troubles, Belfast has emerged as a vibrant, alluring destination. Amidst its beautiful Victorian buildings you can shop in stylish boutiques, sip a Guinness in one its charming old pubs or take a scenic stroll in Barnett Demesne park. The centrepiece is the City Hall, completed in 1906, with its domed roof and grand Italian marble staircase. Other points of interest on the city include Belfast Cathedral, which has the largest Celtic Cross in Ireland plus Celtic themed mosaics and stained glass, Belfast Castle, sitting on the slopes of Cave Hill, and Belfast Zoo.
Day 9: Liverpool
The ship drops anchor today on the banks of the River Mersey at Liverpool. With some of the best museums and galleries in the UK, Liverpool is an exciting and historic city. Stop at International Slavery Museum, Walker Art Gallery, World Museum, and Beatles Story — featuring memorabilia and a life-sized replica of the Cavern Club — during your time here. Have lunch and drinks at the many bars and cafes of the modern Albert Dock, or enjoy some sightseeing with visits to Liverpool Cathedral and St George's Hall. See the launch pad of The Beatles, Casbah Club; tour Liverpool FC's home ground, Anfield Stadium; or shop 'til you drop at the Metquarter and Liverpool ONE.
Day 11: St Peter Port, Guernsey
St Peter Port is the capital of Guernsey and also its main port. Stroll around the harbour to hear the Noon Day Gun at Castle Cornet and explore the Maritime Museum. Pay a visit to the idyllic Candie Gardens or get up close to tropical marine life at the Guernsey Aquarium. Follow the Esplanade into the town centre to indulge in retail therapy on the High Street and in the Old Town. Step back to wartime at La Vallette Underground Military Museum or trace 1000 years of island history on the Baliwick of Guernsey Millennium Tapestry. Take a tour around Victor Hugo House in Hauteville where the author wrote 'Les Miserables' or go to see the seashell and pebble encrusted The Little Chapel.
Day 13: Southampton, UK
Disembark in Southampton and make your way home.