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 8: Bermuda
The minute island of Bermuda sits in the North Atlantic Ocean, with a unique fusion of British and American culture. The beaches of Bermuda are known for their distinctive pink sand. Relax on the long stretch of Elbow Beach or head south and kick back on Horseshoe Bay. The island's capital — Hamilton — is home to a pretty harbour, lined with pastel-coloured houses, traditional colonial buildings and high-class boutiques. Here, you can climb the tower of Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity church for great city views, see ocean exhibits at Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute and discover the animals at Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo.
Day 11: Port Canaveral
Port Canaveral is your entrance to the Theme Park Capital of the World, Orlando. A full day here will leave you wanting more, from the wonder of Cinderella's at Walt Disney World to the magical Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios, there is something to keep every child young or old entertained. Alternatively relax yourself on the sands of Cocoa Beach and take in some of Florida's famous sunshine.
Day 12: Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale is an exciting city with a laid-back beach atmosphere. Found on the coast, your hotel is ideal for enjoying a range of water sports — from surfing and parasailing, to jet-skiing and scuba-diving. Fort Lauderdale is a popular shopping spot and is home to the planet's largest discount and entertainment mall, Sawgrass Mills. For some of the city's best cafes, boutiques and restaurants, head to Las Olas Boulevard — also known as the 'style mile'. There are kayak tours and gondola rides to explore more of the city, as well as popular wildlife attractions — including the largest butterfly aviary on the continent, Butterfly World, and one of the area's most significant nesting beaches for turtles at Mizell-Johnson State Park. You can find a network of bars, clubs and live music lounges to enjoy late into the night, too.
Day 15: San Juan, Puerto Rico
San Juan is the capital of and the largest city on the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. Explore the cobblestoned buildings of Old San Juan with its 16th-century El Morro and La Fortaleza fortresses, San Juan National Historic Site and Spanish colonial buildings. New San Juan is awash with tropical beaches, luxury hotels, world-class dining and designer shopping. Pay a visit to Casa Blanca Museum, Museo del Nino and Galeria National. Make a whistle-stop tour of the sights on the free trolley bus or take a scenic stroll along Paseo de La Princesa. Learn about the art of rum making on the Bacardi Distillery Tour or enjoy the tranquillity of San Juan Botanical Garden.
Day 17: Bridgetown, Barbados
It's easy to see why Barbados is known as 'Little England' with its Georgian houses, Lord Nelson Statue and Parliament Square. Indulge in retail therapy on Broad Street, admire stunning views and rugged island landscapes on a jeep island safari, or visit the dramatic stalactites and stalagmites of Harrison's Cave. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience - sail on a catamaran to swim with once-endangered hawksbill and green sea turtles.
Day 20: Macapa, Brazil
Macapa is the capital of Amapa state in Brazil's North Region. The city lies on the equator and sits on the northern channel of the Amazon River as it flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Visit the towering monument Marco Zero, and experience the surreal sensation of standing in the exact passage of the Equator Line. Explore the rustic Fortaleza de Sao Jose de Macapa and savour breathtaking views of the Amazon River or discover Macapa’s rich history and culture at the picturesque Centro de Pesquisas Museologicas Sacaca Museum.
Day 22- 23: Manaus, Brazil
Manaus sits on the banks of the Negro River in north-western Brazil and is the capital of the state of Amazonas. This vibrant city is lined with stunning heritage buildings such as the Teatro Amazonas, Mercado Adolpho Lisboa, Alfandega, and Palacio Rio Negro. Explore the local culture and exhibits at Museu do Homen do Norte and Museo do Indio. No visit to Manaus would be complete without admiring the striking 'Meeting of the Waters' to the east of the city; where the Negro River converges with the Solimoes River to form the mighty Amazon River. Explore the unique ecosystems at Parque Ecologico Janauari and the tropical rainforest and forest reserve at Parque Nacional do Jau.
Day 24: Santarem, Brazil
Santarém is a small city in the Brazilian state of Pará, where the Tapajós River meets the Amazon. This 'meeting of the waters' phenomenon can be viewed from the hilltop Mirante do Tapajós Square. Soak up the sun on the white Ponta de Pedras Beach or explore the beauty and nature of National Forest Tapajos. Venture to the heart of the city and visit the pale blue Catedral Nossa Senhora Da Conceicao. Journey back in time at Museu Dica Frazao and gaze in awe at stunning garments on display.
Day 28: Salvador, Brazil
Salvador is the capital of the state of Bahia in Brazil and comprises the upper and lower towns connected by a number of lifts and steep streets. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage listed Pelourinho old town which is awash with 17th and 18th-century colonial buildings. Discover the abundant churches including the amazing Sao Francisco Church and Church of Nosso Senhor do Bonfim. Shop for local handicrafts at Mercado Modelo and colourful local produce and flavourings at Feira de Sao Joaquim. Salvador's week-long carnival - one of the biggest in the world - boasts parades, live entertainment, music, and dancing. Spend a few hours on one of the many beaches to enjoy the calm waters and miles of sun-drenched golden sands.
Day 30 - 31: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Step ashore in the vibrant and exciting seaside city of Rio de Janeiro. Mention Rio and the first things that come to mind are the 38-metre high Christ the Redeemer statue atop Mount Corcovado, Sugar Loaf Mountain, and the famous carnival. Spend time on the famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches or visit Chilean-born artist Jorge Selaron's fascinating Escadaria Selaron stairway. Pay a call to the sculptures and art-adorned pavilions at Passeio Publico then continue on to Parque do Flamengo and the nearby Museum of Modern Art. The ancient Nossa Senhora de Campo church and Sao Bento church and monastery contrast with the modern-day Catedral de Sao Sebastiao. Explore the atmospheric Santa Teresa district or discover the exhibits at the National Museum at Quinta da Boa Vista. Take a boat trip over to Ilha de Paqueta to view the sights from the comfort of a horse-drawn carriage.
Day 32: Rio de Janeiro - UK
Make your way to the airport for your flight back to the UK.