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: San Francisco, USA
Fly from your selected UK airport to San Francisco and be transferred to the port where you will embark on board Queen Victoria.
Day 6-7: Honolulu, HI, USA
Honolulu is Hawaii's state capital and only major city. This bustling city is equally matched by the relaxing atmosphere of a Hawaiian island. Board a boat to the awe-inspiring Pearl Harbor & USS Arizona Memorial. Alternatively, head to the idyllic Hanauma Bay and relax on the horseshoe sands or snorkel in the welcoming turquoise waters. Explore the magical Diamond Head trail and head to the tuff cone volanic crater, where you’ll find the former fort boasting panoramic views. Gaze out to sea from the top of the Aloha Tower and eat your way through the streets of Chinatown. Browse at the world's largest open-air shopping centre at Ala Moana or visit the city's treasure-filled art museums.
Day 9: Cross International Date line
Day 12: Apia, Samoa
The capital city of the South Pacific island nation of Samoa, Apia, is a charming colonial-style hub of business, government, and shopping. The picturesque seaside freshwater Piula Cave Pool is a popular spot for swimming and picnicking while the jungle destination Papaseea Sliding Rocks features rock waterslides and even more opportunities for taking a dip. Visit Mount Vaea; a scenic mountain displaying the tomb and former home of famed writer Robert Louis Stevenson. Swim, snorkel, and admire tropical fish at Palolo Deep Marine Reserve or marvel at the local heritage, artefacts, and photos at Museum of Samoa. Pe'ape'a Cave is a fascinating exploration; swallows inhabit this cave that has been formed by previous lava flows.
Day 14: Suva, Fiji
Approximately 10 minutes from the capital of Fiji, the Port of Suva is located on the south-eastern coast of the island. Get an in-depth look at the islands’ history, politics and culture at the national Fiji Museum. You can also explore the historical and cultural bonds between India and Fiji in the Indian Cultural Centre. Visit the Suva Municipal Market where you have a wide choice of tropical fruits and handmade goods. On top of the markets, there are also plenty of modern retail shops and duty-free stores to bag yourself a bargain.
Day 17: Tauranga, New Zealand
Explore Tauranga, a harbour side city in the Bay of Plenty region, and one of New Zealand's main centres for international trade and culture. Climb the extinct 232 metre-tall Mount Maunganui volcano and admire spectacular views of the city and the harbour below. Enjoy a picturesque stroll to Tauranga Harbour and look out to sea, or take a boat tour to Mayor Island and watch the sunset. Pay a visit to Taupo Volcano Zone and admire the pools of colourful bubbling water at the Waiotapu active geothermal area. Thrill-seekers can venture to Waimarino Adventure Park and take part in a range of water activities and finish with a picnic or a BBQ. Those seeking tranquillity need look no further than Kaiate Falls which features a picnic area along with a swimming hole and beautiful scenic views.
Day 18: Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand's largest city of Auckland is an urban jungle with natural beauty on its doorstep. Auckland is packed with things to see and do; discover lush green rainforests and dramatic black sand beaches in the west and golden sandy beaches sheltered by red-flowering trees in the east. The rolling hills and country gardens are met by the 48 volcanic cones dotted around the Auckland region. Each provides spectacular panoramic views of the city and harbour, Rangitoto Island is the most iconic and an ideal location for day trips. The city centre is a shopaholic's paradise with its diverse range of boutiques and markets. The nightlife is buzzing at city centre hotspots such as Wynyard Quarter, the Viaduct Harbour and the Britomart precinct, where you'll also find a variety of restaurants which offer cuisines from around the world.
Day 19: Bay of Islands, New Zealand
A sub-tropical micro-region known for its stunning beauty and history, the Bays of Islands is made up of 144 islands, including the boutique towns of Opua, Paihia, Russell and Kerikeri. A voyage around the islands reveals a playground for marine life including penguins, dolphins, marlin, whales and gannets. There are many walking tracks on the islands which are ideal for discovering the spectacular beauty on foot. Encounter the great Kauri Tree in the tropical rainforest, spend the day on one of the many beaches working on your tan, or take a day trip to Cape Reinga, the tip of the North Island. Bay of Islands is also an idyllic place for dolphin watching.
Day 22: Sydney, Australia - Fly back to UK
Disembark in Sydney and be transferred to the airport for your flight back to the UK.