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 4: Seville, Spain
Seville is situated in the south-western region of Spain; 60km north along the Guadalquivir River. The highlight of Seville is certainly its culture and heritage, which can be seen in the gothic architecture still prevalent throughout the city. Various landmarks are dotted throughout, such as the Giralda Bell Tower. Visit the royal palace Alcázar of Seville or the Plaza de Espana; a plaza built in 1928 for the World Exposition. Head to the narrow streets in the Santa Cruz quarter to discover various shops that sell bespoke, traditional goods, as well as restaurants that serve a variety of local dishes.
Day 5: Granada, Spain
Granada sits at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Spain's Andalusia region. Explore the UNESCO-listed Alhambra complex which is testament to Islamic architecture and home to four groups of buildings - the 13th-century Alcazaba fortress, the Nasrid Palaces, the Palace of Charles V, and Generalife gardens. Admire the UNESCO-listed Albaicin, the city's historic Arab Quarter, which encompasses Puerta Nueva, Puerta Monaita, Puerta de Elvira, Church of San Nicolas, and Church of San Salvador. Gaze in wonder at Capilla Real and the attached Catedral Santa Maria de la Encarnacion. Meander through the colourful gypsy quarter of Sacromonte and shop for bargains at La Alcaiceria Arab souk. Visit the Banuelo traditional Arab baths and uncover the child-friendly science exhibits at Parque de las Ciencias.
Day 6: Gibraltar
Gibraltar is a vibrant slice of Britain at the heart of the sunny Mediterranean. From its helmet-wearing policeman and fish and chips to familiar stores such as Marks & Spencer, this place truly feels like home. Take a cable car up to Europa Point to meet the famous Barbary macaque tailless monkeys and admire all of Gibraltar. Explore the labyrinth of the Great Siege Tunnels and St Michael's Cave inside The Rock. Enjoy a stroll to the Moorish Castle or discover the 100 Ton Gun at the Napier Magdala Battery beside Rosia Bay. Indulge in VAT-free shopping on Main Street and uncover local artisan shops and Gibraltar Crystal Factory on Casemates Square.
Day 7: Lisbon, Portugal
Spread across seven hills on the shores of River Tagus is Portugal's capital city, Lisbon. Pavement cafes, bustling squares and serene gardens sit alongside palaces, bridges and castles in this waterside city. Immerse yourself in culture at Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and National Museum of Contemporary Art, or enjoy the colourful marine life at Oceanarium. Take a vintage tram ride through the city's cobbled streets, admiring Jerónimos Monastery and Belém Tower on the way. Haggle for bargains at the lively Thieves Market, or explore designer shops on Rua do Carmo, Rua Garrett and Avenida da Liberdade. Venture further afield and discover the fairytale places and ornate villas in Sintra or go dolphin-watching in Setúbal.
Day 8: Leixoes, Portugal
Port of Leixões is the main harbour serving the city of Porto in northern Portugal. Famous for being associated with the shipping of port wine, it's also a great starting point for on-shore excursions.
The small city of Leixões is home to a sandy beach, old fortifications, and several bars and restaurants scattered around its port area. The historic centre of nearby Porto is an UNESCO World Heritage site and home to an 18th-century cathedral and a 19th-century palace. Enjoy tours and tastings at local vineyards or stroll around Porto's Ribiera Square, found along the Douro River, to find charming cafes and restaurants.
Day 11: Southampton, UK
Disembark in Southampton and make your way home.