Stepping onboard a Cunard ship opens up a world of traditional style cruising - where impeccable service, luxurious surroundings, top class facilities, and a 175-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: Skagen, Denmark
Skagen is the northernmost town in Denmark, also known as The Land of Light. The town's biggest draw is undoubtedly Grenen - a sandy point shaped like the tip of a knife where two beaches and the Skagerrak and Kattegat seas meet. The unique Tilsandede Kirke sand-buried church, Skagen Fyr lighthouse and the 40-meter high Råbjerg Mile dune are awesome sights too. View the works of local artists at Skagen Museum or the teddy bear exhibits at Skagen's Bamsemmuseum. Watch mighty eagles take flight at Eagle World or discover the sweet-making process at the Candy Factory.
Day 4: Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen, Denmark's capital city, is your next port of call. Ride the old-style amusement rides at Tivoli Gardens or get up close to colourful marine life at National Aquarium Denmark. Shop 'til you drop along the world's longest pedestrian shopping street - Strøget. A tour of the Carlsberg Brewery is a popular choice or enjoy family-fun at Dyrehavsbakken amusement park. Kronborg Castle and Christiansborg Palace on Slotsholmen Island are a must-see for culture fans. If you fancy something different, why not head out to the workshops, galleries and organic eateries at Freetown Christiania? No trip to Copenhagen would be complete without a photo opportunity at the world-famous Little Mermaid statue.
Day 6: Gdynia, Poland
Gdynia is a seaport city on Gdansk Bay on the south coast of the Baltic Sea in Poland. The city is part of a tricity along with the spa town of Sopot and the city of Gdansk. Stroll around the harbour and stop by the two anchored museum ships - ORP Blyskawice and Dar Pomorza - before following the 1.5km promenade to the Gdynia city centre and the beach and pier at Redlowo. Experience the Emigration Museum or Polish Naval Museum or have fun with the interactive exhibits at Pomorski Park Naukowo-Technologiczny. The 13th-century St Michael the Archangel's Church in Oksywie and the 17th-century neo-Gothic manor house on Folwarczna Street in Orlowo are well worth a visit. Gdynia also hosts the annual Gdynia Film Festival, Summer Jazz Festival, and the two-day techno Viva Beach Party on the beach.
Day 7: Visby, Sweden
The walled town of Visby sits proudly on the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is famed for its medieval trading houses, 17th and 18th-century timber buildings, and quaint cobblestoned streets. Tour the 700-year old walls that encircle the town and admire the 44 defensive towers that dot along the route. Admire the medieval ruins of St Nicolai and St Karin churches and the ancient St Mary's Cathedral. Pay a visit to the amazing exhibits at Gotlands Museum and view the 19th and 20th-century artworks at Konstmuseet Museum. Relax with a coffee as you watch the world go by in the vibrant Stora Torget main square.
Day 9 - 10: St Petersburg, Russia
St Petersburg is one of Russia's most iconic cities. From its ornate palaces and beautiful bridges to its glistening canals and picture-postcard sights - there is plenty to see around every corner. Visit the Palace Square to admire the amazing Winter Palace, gaze in awe at the gilded cupola of St Isaac's Cathedral and enjoy the fountains at Peterhof Palace. Marvel at artworks by the grand masters such as Leonardo Da Vinci, El Greco and Rembrandt at the Hermitage Museum. Indulge in retail therapy at the eclectic mix of shops at the Nevsky Prospect. A visit to the Conservatoire Theatre to see a Russian ballet show or a boat trip along the city's rivers and canals are the perfect way to spend the evening.
Day 12: Klaipeda, Lithuania
Today the ship drops anchor at the Lithuanian seaport of Klaipeda. Stroll along tree-lined avenues of timber-framed houses and cobbled medieval squares dotted long the path of the River Dane. Drop by Theatre Square at the heart of the Old Town to admire the Neo-classical theatre and central fountain. Chart the nation's marine heritage at Lithuanian Maritime Museum and meet the resident marine life at its aquarium and dolphinarium. Taste locally-brewed ales and beers on a tour of Švyturys Brewery or travel along the coast to visit the Amber Museum in Palanga.
Day 14: Oslo, Norway
Oslo, the capital of Norway, sits on the country’s southern coast and is known for its spectacular snow-capped mountains and rolling green hills. Take a stroll around the modern city and be mesmerised by the eclectic mix of ancient castles and dazzling lakes. Journey back in time at the Viking House Museum or revel in the enchanted atmosphere at the magic Ice Bar Oslo. Stop by the Vigeland Sculpture Park and become fascinated with the ‘wonder-world’ of stone, iron and bronze human figures.
Day 15: Kristiansand, Norway
Your next stop is Kristiansand on Norway's west coast. Known as the 'Summer City' and the gateway to the dramatic Atlantic Road - which links Kristiansand and Molde - Kristiansand spans three separate islands, connected only by bridges. Explore the Posebyen old town area which dates back to 1631 or experience the lively fish market by the harbour. Enjoy a few hours of fun at Kristiansand Zoo & Amusement Park. Take a trip to the quaint town of Lillesand or visit the glittering displays of gems and crystals at Setesdal Mineral Park.
Day 17: Southampton, UK
Disembark in Southampton and make your way home.