The smaller sister ship will go into drydock in January for major re-fit
Cunard Line’s Queen Victoria will enter the Blohm & Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, in January 2015 for a multi-million dollar refit. The date was moved forward from December, 2015, to replace a propeller bearing so the ship will be ready for its world cruise. The ship actually has an Azipod System.
As an unfortunate result, two Queen Victoria sailings need to be re-scheduled: the 12-day cruise to the Canaries on 3 January 2015, and a short five-day trip to Amsterdam and Cherbourg on 15 January 2015.
Passengers (and their travel agents) have been informed. A Future Cruise Credit of $175.00 per person is being offered to all affected passengers, which can be used in conjunction with any alternative Cunard booking made for cruises departing within the next two years (before 3 January 2017). Full refunds of any monies paid will also be available should affected passengers not be in a position to rebook an alternative Cunard cruise.
Queen Victoria’s makeover will create nine staterooms for single occupants - for the first available on this ship. The room will be taken from a re-model casino. Carpets will be replaced throughout the ship; the ship’s informal Lido restaurantwill receive facilities for waiters to serve serve hot drinks at all meals, and most importanty, large flat-screen TVs – mostly 32” or above – will be installed in all passenger staterooms.
“Queen Victoria’s multi-million dollar refit will ensure this much-loved ship remains in tip-top condition for her World Cruise in 2015 and beyond,” said David Dingle, CEO for Cunard Line. This upgrade will be modled on the popularly acclaimed recent refit of the Queen Elizabeth at the same ship yard.
As on Queen Elizabeth, sun awnings to offer more shade on deck will be added to the open area surrounding the stern Lido pool and on both sides of the Grills Upper Terrace area near the top of the ship.
In the shopping area on board will become much more extensive with new fine jewellery and watch shops. The layout, lighting and overall shopping experience for passengers will be enhanced.
On the technical front, scrubber technology to reduce the emmmission of carbon contaminants is being installed aboard Queen Victoria to match that now aboard Queen Elizabeth, in line with the company’s commitment to minimising its environmental impact. The process involves the installation of a filtration system for the exhaust gas from the ship’s engines.
The timing of Queen Victoria’s dry dock is being brought forward, as a bearing on one of the ship’s propulsion units will need replacing prior to her previously scheduled dry dock in December 2015. This has no impact on the safety of the ship, but it is timely for the bearing to be replaced prior to the ship's Round World Cruise beginning 20 January 2015.
David Dingle stated, “While we are sorry to be cancelling the two cruises, we are looking forward to welcoming all those affected back aboard a Cunard ship in the near future, perhaps on Queen Victoria or Queen Elizabeth, both of which will be sailing in 2015 fresh from their make overs.”
For more information about Queen Victoria and to book a voyage, contact your travel agent, call Cunard Line toll-free at 1-800-728-6273, or visit www.cunard.com.