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: UK - Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Fly from your selected UK airport to Brisbane and be transferred to the port where you will embark on board Queen Victoria.
Day 3: Whitsunday Island (tours from Airlie Beach), QLD, Australia
Whitsunday Islands are a collection of 74 tropical gardens lying just off Australia’s Queensland coast next to the Great Barrier Reef. On the mainland, the popular coastal town of Airlie Beach will be your gateway to a ferry transfer to the island of your choice. Pay a visit to the unspoiled Whitehaven Beach and fly over the quirky phenomenon of Heart Reef. Hamilton Island is bustling with restaurants, bars, shops, architecture, and stunning views or go bare boating around the islands to explore the sights of the Whitsundays at leisure. Take in the incredible views as you glide down on a tandem skydive to reach the crystal-clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef. The islands are also ideal for swimming, snorkelling, sailing, and relaxing in hidden bays.
Day 7: Darwin, NT, Australia
Darwin is the only seaport in Australia's Northern Territory. Enjoy a dose of history and culture at Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. Visit Australian Pearling Exhibition, Deckchair Cinema, Wave and Recreation Lagoon, and the Indo Pacific Marine aquarium at Darwin Wharf Precinct. See the largest collection of Australian reptiles at Crocosaurus Cove and the natural Aquascene phenomenon at high tide at Doctors Gully. Step back in time at Defence of Darwin Experience and Australian Aviation Heritage Centre. On Thursday and Sunday evenings follow the crowds to Mindil Beach Sunset Market. Darwin also serves as a gateway to safaris at Kakadu National Park, Litchfield National Park, and Katherine Gorge.
Day 10: Bali, Indonesia
Bali is an island and province on the Indonesian archipelago. This vibrant island paradise combines the natural beauty of volcanic peaks, waterfalls, rice terraces, and traditional villages with a rich arts scene, Hindu temples, great shopping, and idyllic spa retreats. Pay a visit to the Pura Tanah Lot, Batu Bolong and Uluwatu temples near Kuta. Get up close to the long-tailed macaques monkeys at Ubud Monkey Forest, discover locally-made handicrafts at Ubud Art Market, or watch traditional Balinese dance shows at Puri Saren Royal Ubud Palace. Enjoy family times at the action-packed Waterbom Bali water park or shop for Balinese designer wear on the busy streets of Seminyak. Spend a fun day out at Kuta, Legian, and Seminyak Beaches, savour the tranquillity of the Nusa Islands, or take a trip to the beautiful Sekumpul Waterfall to the north of Bali.
Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City (tours from Phu My), Vietnam
Dock at Phu My and travel to Ho Chi Minh City. Formerly known as Saigon, Vietnam's capital city has a strong heritage and vivid culture with plenty of modern twists. Explore French colonial architecture, shop at a designer mall and sample some street food as you wander around the energetic avenues. You can visit the colourful floating markets of Mekong Delta, before heading to the city's famous landmarks — including Notre Dame Cathedral, Jade Emperor Pagoda and the National Museum of Vietnamese History. Discover wartime Vietnam at the Cu Chi tunnels and Independence Palace, then treat yourself to port, sticky rice and seafood dishes flavoured with lemongrass, coconut milk and peanut dipping sauce!
Day 15: Nha Trang, Vietnam
Nha Trang is the capital city of the Khánh Hòa Province in Vietnam. This coastal destination is surrounded by hills with white-sand beaches and lots of nearby tropical islands. Although an ancient place, Nha Trang offers streets of modern bars, boutiques and restaurants. Experience the best of the bay with an organised water sport — such as kayaking and scuba-diving — or buy tasty local foods at Cho Dam Market. See the inspiring Long Son Pagoda and Po Nagar Cham Towers before sunbathing and having a drink on Nha Trang's 6km golden beach.
Day 17-18: Hong Kong, China
Hong Kong is an autonomous territory in South East China. Hong Kong has developed from a small fishing village in the 19th century to a bustling metropolis filled with high rise buildings and infused with culture. Hong Kong is a shopping paradise; discover a wide range of shopping experiences at Causeway Bay, Sheung Wan, Harbour City, Festival Walk and Tsim Sha Tsui. Dine in a traditional restaurant and sample a world of exquisite, mouthwatering local cuisine including noodles, dumplings and rice. Visit Mickey Mouse at the Disneyland Park, or relax on the white sand at Repulse Bay. Trek to Victoria Peak; the highest peak on Hong Kong Island and see one of the world's most beautiful skylines at Victoria Harbour. Visit the historical temples including Man Mo Temple and Po Lin Monastery for an insight into the local culture.
Day 22: Singapore
Singapore is one of the most popular destinations in Asia for tourism and it is very easy to see why. A modern day metropolis with a wide range of cultural diversity and a huge emphasis on technology all coming together to attract people the world over. Take a shopping trip down Orchard Road, a shopper’s paradise of designer shops and department stores you will be spoilt for choice for what to buy, journey to the Singapore Botanical Gardens with 120 acres showcasing some weird and wonderful plants or head to the world famous Raffles Hotel and relax with a Singapore Sling Cocktail. Singapore is a city that you will want to visit again and again.
Day 23: Singapore - UK
Disembark in Singapore and be transferred to the airport for your flight back to the UK.