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: Haugesund Norway
Discover the city of Haguesund, at the point where the fjords flow into the North Sea in the southwest of Norway. Haugesund is famed as 'Norway's Birthplace' and also boasts a proud Viking heritage, brought to life at Avaldsnes' Nordvegen History Centre on the nearby island of Karmoy. This vibrant city also hosts a few cultural and musical festivals throughout the year, the most famous being the Norwegian International Film Festival and Sildajazz Festival. Akrafjord and the Langfoss Waterfall are also within easy reach — nominated one of the ten most beautiful waterfalls in the world by CNN.
Day 4: Olden, Norway
Olden sits at the eastern end of the serene Nordfjord, where the water divides into three arms beneath the Jostedalsbreen glacier. The village is surrounded by green meadows with babbling brooks meandering between pretty houses. Visit the village centre to discover the 17th-century church and Singerheimen, which is the former home of the founder of the sewing machine company. Take to the Nordfjord for a rafting or kayaking adventure. Admire the green waters of Olden Lake and enjoy the cliffs and glaciers of the Oldedalen valley, which runs for 12 miles behind Olden. Walk among waterfalls and view the glistening blue ice at the impressive Briksdal Glacier — one of Norway's most visited sights.
Day 6: Bodo, Norway
Bodo is the capital of Nordland county and the gateway to the true north of Norway and the Lofoten Islands. The town of Bodo was founded in 1816 and boasts a proud heritage of herring fishing and a stunning rugged mountain backdrop. Discover Norway's flight and aviation history at Norsk Luftfartsmuseum or pay a visit to the fascinating exhibits at the open-air Bodosjoen Friluftsmuseum. Bodin Kirke with its onion-shaped dome and Bodo Cathedral with its unique spire are well worth a look too. Step back in time at Kjerringoy Trading Post or spend a few hours enjoying water-based delights at Nordlandsbadet bathhouse.
Day 7: Narvik, Norway
Step ashore in Narvik in northern Norway. This wild and dramatic town is surrounded by islands to the west, stunning fjords to the north and south, and mountains in every direction. The clear skies above Narvik are great for admiring the Northern Lights in late autumn through to spring or to experience the Midnight Sun from May to the end of July. Go fishing in Ofotjorden or try skiing or hiking in the mountains. Ride the cable car to Narvikfjellet for amazing views or take a scenic ride on the Oftobanen Railway to Sweden. Admire the exhibits on display at Ofoten Museum, Narvik War Museum, and Red Cross War Museum. Encounter wolves, brown bears, arctic foxes, and reindeers at Polar Park. Head to Narvik's hydropower station at 13:00 or 21:00 to admire the impressive 75-metre-high plume of water that spurts skywards from the water spout.
Day 9: Trondheim, Norway
Today gives you another opportunity to explore the city of Trondheim. The city walk through Trondheim is a journey through its 1000-year history. Back on board, the ship heads out of the majestic Trondheimsfjord, which is 170 kilometres long and up to 25 kilometres wide. Like all other Norwegian fjords it is deep, 577 metres at most. As we sail along the coast you’ll realise the importance of fish to Norwegian coastal communities. Kristiansund’s location has provided the town with a wealth of opportunities in the fishing, shipbuilding and oil industries. This town is now regarded as Norway’s ‘cured cod capital’ because of its long time export of salted dry fish. Here you can join a trip to the Atlantic Road, one of Norway’s most visited tourist destinations. As we cross the open sea to Molde, known as the ‘city of roses’, you will notice the steep, grey, pointed peaks of the Romsdal Alps.
Day 10: Andalsnes, Norway
Åndalsnes sits on the idyllic shores of the Romsdalsfjord. Natural attractions such as the Rauma River, the Vermafossen and Slettafossen waterfalls, Trollveggen (the Troll Wall), and the Trollstigen Road are just waiting to be discovered. Hike up to the Rampestreken view point for panoramic views of Andalsnes or take a ride on the Raumabanen railway to admire the dramatic scenery at a leisurely pace. Climb up one of Norway's highest indoor climbing walls at Norwegian Mountaineering Museum or explore the world of wool production at Rauma Ullvarefabrikk yarn factory.
Day 11: Bergen, Norway
The charming port city of Bergen is framed by seven hills on Norway's south-west shore. Bergen’s bustling waterfront and narrow streets of colourful half-timbered houses combine with a proud musical and maritime heritage. Ride the funicular railway up Mount Floyen for city views. Visit Troldhaugen Museum to see Edvard Grieg's musical heritage comes to life, or explore the artwork on display at KODE. The 900-year old Bryggen, a wharf that features museums and pubs, guides you through the city's sea-faring past, while locally-caught seafood can be found at Bergen Fish Market. Discover family fun at Bergen Science Centre and Bergen Aquarium, or explore the city's sights on a Segway tour.
Day 13: Southampton, UK
Disembark in Southampton and make your way home.