Last month, Queen Victoria entered dry dock for a partial refit – this included an upgraded and increased choice of staterooms, new Britannia Club dining, a broader and more distinct bar offering, a transformed sun deck, and several other new features.
During the refit, Queen Victoria was brought in line with that of the rest of the fleet and her popular aft lido sun deck has been expanded. The new design maximises and transforms the space to create a stunning contemporary mix of sun and shade, more akin to a luxury resort roof terrace – perfect for sailing around the Mediterranean. Guests are now able to enjoy more generous seating, enhanced deck furniture, extended shaded areas, al fresco dining options and a full beverage service throughout the day and into the evening, with live entertainment.
Bars & Lounges
Contrary to speculation that Queen Victoria’s popular Chart Room was to be removed during her refit, it has simply been moved. And in the process, refined with the allure and glamour of a classic cocktail bar from the heyday of her key sailing destinations. The elegant new menu navigates destination-specific stories, pairing a selection of classic beverages with light canapés and snacks – and the introduction of delectable Godiva chocolates.
The Midships Lounge has also received some special attention with the introduction of a gin and fizz themed menu, including gin served from an old-fashioned spirit tap – to infuse a more distinctive character.
Two of Queen Victoria’s popular public areas have also been refreshed. The Winter Garden is a beautifully relaxed room in the heart of deck 9 close to the pool and Lido buffet. Flooded with natural light, the room’s floor-to-ceiling windows command some of the best views. Perfect for watching the world go by whilst enjoying a beverage, the comfort and décor of the Winter Garden has been further refined: from the statement floor, glorious glass canopy to the elegant lounge furniture.
The Yacht Club makes its dazzling debut on board, featuring expansive seating and extended serving hours. In the daytime, the Club hosts a greater range of social activities, in addition to many insightful and entertaining events. Following the refit, guests wishing to escape or entertain within their Cunard Grand Suite can discover a host of enhancements.
All Britannia staterooms on board Queen Victoria have been refurbished. Each features newly designed carpets and soft furnishings, new flat screen HD televisions and, by popular request, tea and coffee making facilities. 43 Britannia Club Balcony staterooms have been introduced on decks 7 and 8 – a prime midship location.
All Queens Grill and Princess Grill suites have also received interior enhancements during Queen Victoria’s refit to maximise space whilst ensuring unsurpassed levels of elegance and comfort.
Some of the Penthouse Suites have been entirely re-designed to create more space and a feeling of sumptuousness. Luxuriate in a secluded haven of space, featuring a private balcony commanding impressive sea views, beautiful bathrooms with whirlpool baths, and your very own butler or concierge who can take care of any details, leaving you free to enjoy a perfect time.
Similarly, Grand Suite guests can expect a host of enhancements. A re-design of furniture maximises comfort and convenience, together with a refreshed interior design. Other additions include: floor-to-ceiling windows and doors, a separate snug room with TV, a beautifully-appointed lounge, a master bathroom with sea view, a second bathroom with guest access, a bedroom TV that folds down from the ceiling, a walk-in wardrobe with additional storage units and a generous dual aspect balcony.
People have asked why Queen Victoria is being refitted when she already meets every expectation; she simply prefers to exceed them.