Queen Elizabeth with Peter Shanks, Cunard President and Managing Director, onboard Queen Elizabeth in Southampton, England on October 4, 2010 through the ship’s naming ceremony — Photo courtesy of Cunard
Since the dying of Queen Elizabeth, admirers have been decided to make sure her majesty’s wealthy legacy lives on. For vacationers, a crusing on Cunard’s iconic Queen Elizabeth simply will be the most becoming method to have fun the lifetime of the late monarch and immerse your self within the storied historical past of each the girl and the ship.
The cruise line had a long-standing relationship with the queen, and the present Queen Elizabeth is definitely the third Cunard ship named after her. It was launched in 2010 and, consistent with the custom of the primary two ships, was christened by the true Queen Elizabeth herself.
Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth, with its artwork deco décor and unparalleled air of class, is in contrast to every other ship from every other cruise line. Artist Isobel Peachey’s official portrait of the queen, commissioned by Cunard, takes satisfaction of place within the Queens Room to remind visitors of the ship’s heritage.
In 2022 and 2023, Queen Elizabeth shall be making uncommon, quick sailings alongside the Pacific coast, giving cruisers an incredible alternative to see this beautiful space whereas additionally experiencing the historic ship. The itinerary, which matches from Vancouver to Los Angeles and Los Angeles to Vancouver, contains only one port of name – San Francisco – to offer you loads of time to discover these not-to-be-missed onboard actions and areas together with the three vibrant cities.
The library affords an enormous choice of studying materials — Photo courtesy of Cunard
The library on the Queen Elizabeth is a stunner, consisting of two tales of gorgeous picket bookcases full of 1000’s of different tales. Whether you’re within the newest bestseller or attempting to plan your subsequent journey, you possibly can borrow books to curve up with on sea days and simply return them by the tip of the cruise.
With greater than 6,000 volumes, you possibly can learn up on the historical past of the ship or on the queen herself. In reality, there’s a lot to learn, you’ll be glad the ship solely makes one cease.
Aqua Therapy Centre
The Aqua Therapy Centre is the place to loosen up — Photo courtesy of Cunard
Pro tip: As quickly as you board the ship, head to the spa and purchase a cross for the true oasis of the ship, the Aqua Therapy Centre. You must also deal with your self to a therapeutic massage or facial – the therapists are top-notch – however the stellar thermal suite is the place you will wish to spend a few hours on daily basis.
Although the spotlight will be the hydrotherapy pool that appears to heal no matter’s ailing you, there are additionally Finnish saunas, fragrant steam rooms and sensory showers for whole indulgence. The aptly named leisure lounge options hot-tile loungers or you possibly can go for comfortable lounge chairs by the pool.
These passes promote out shortly as a result of the spa solely affords a small quantity to stop it from getting too crowded. Plus, the extra days you purchase without delay, the higher the low cost. It’s completely definitely worth the worth, and your time within the Aqua Therapy Centre will develop into one thing you look ahead to every day.
The Golden Lion
The Golden Lion is an genuine British pub at sea — Photo courtesy of Cunard
No one does fish and chips just like the Brits, and this cozy pub serves them up all day, together with mushy peas and a choice of different hearty choices together with cottage pie and steak and Guinness mushroom suet pudding.
Of course, in addition they function an in depth menu of craft beers, lagers and ciders to get you prepared for his or her particular occasions, which embrace karaoke, darts and people British pub quiz nights you’ve all the time dreamed of taking part in. You could wish to research up on royal trivia to impress your new mates.
Start your gala night with a cocktail on the Commodore Club — Photo courtesy of Cunard
Cunard is well-known for its formal nights, which give visitors an excuse to decorate of their best and spend the afternoon on the salon getting their hair and nails performed.
Cruises of seven nights or extra function two totally different gala night themes, which can be Black and White, Roaring 20s, Red and Gold or Masquerade. All require black-tie apparel in public areas, reworking the already refined ship right into a scene worthy of previous Hollywood glamour with males in tuxedos and ladies in ballgowns posing for formal pictures – and, in a break from custom, possibly even a selfie or two.
Afternoon tea is a candy deal with — Photo courtesy of Cunard
An English custom you’ll wish to proceed at house, afternoon tea is served each day within the Queens Room. The environment is elegant, that includes white tablecloths and positive bone China, and well-dressed waiters will tempt you with finger sandwiches, pastries and scones with Devonshire clotted cream and strawberry preserves.
Choose from a wide range of Twining teas – the Queen’s favourite was Earl Grey – and have a cuppa in her majesty’s reminiscence. The tea is bottomless, and the waiters will fortunately refill your plate as typically as you want. It’s all included within the worth of your cruise. Just don’t elevate your pinky; opposite to standard perception, that’s thought-about impolite.
Cozy up with some scorching chocolate at Cafe Carinthia — Photo courtesy of Lois Alter Mark
Filled with couches and cozy chairs, this homey area is nice for hanging out with mates or simply having fun with somewhat “me time.”
Specialty coffees and teas are the celebrities of this artwork deco café they usually come together with your alternative of complimentary pastries. An Illy-trained barista is all the time able to make you scorching or chilly espresso drinks like espressos, cappuccinos and lattes, or you possibly can go for one of many signature pyramids from Tea Forte. The Tea Over Ice is tremendous refreshing on a scorching day and the new chocolate, served in a personal-sized pot and accompanied by marshmallows, whipped cream and chocolate shavings, is a wealthy delight any time.
Queens Grill Suites
Grand Suite Q1 is all about luxurious — Photo courtesy of Cunard
For the last word in luxurious, e-book a Queens Grill Suite, which is sort of a well-appointed Fifth Avenue house on the ocean. It encompasses a separate, wood-paneled front room and marble lavatory in addition to tons of facilities together with a complimentary bar.
Each suite affords you your individual private butler plus unique entry to the Grills Lounge and Terrace and the Queens Grill restaurant – two intimate areas with impeccable service.
Gin & Fizz
Try Cunard’s unique gin at Gin & Fizz — Photo courtesy of Cunard
This trendy midship bar is all in regards to the gin and tonic – and, oh, what enjoyable you’ll have experimenting with the assorted methods to take pleasure in it.
Let the skilled bartenders assist you to select from greater than 40 premium gins, together with one crafted solely for Cunard, in addition to a wide range of tonics for the proper pre- or post-dinner cocktail. They’re served in attractive Copa de Balon glasses, which you’ll wish to elevate to toast your luck.
Take a dance lesson to maneuver like a professional — Photo courtesy of Cunard
Don’t know a waltz from a fox trot? No worries. Cunard’s standard dance lessons will put together you for the cruise line’s gala evenings, so that you don’t embarrass your self.
Coupled instructors train all the pieces from ballroom to Latin and line dancing, and classes are as a lot enjoyable as they’re instructional. And if you do not have a accomplice, Cunard’s dance hosts can be found that can assist you showcase your new strikes.
Steakhouse at The Verandah
Steakhouse on the Verandah is a minimize above — Photo courtesy of Cunard
Yes, you’ll pay an extra price to dine at this specialty restaurant but it surely’s so good, you’re prone to be tempted to return a second time. And, in the event you go for lunch, be happy to satisfaction your self in your good decision-making as a result of it’s near half the price.
Whether you select the buttery mushy wagyu, the three-beef sampler for 2 or the signature Cunarder burger, you’ll instantly style the standard. You may even add surf to your turf or take pleasure in a facet like London Pride Beer tempura onion rings. Whatever you do, make sure to strive the pull-apart bread, which is so scrumptious, you may simply refill on it earlier than you ever get your meal.