Saint Kitts – Nevis, MARCH 15TH 2007
St. Kitts – Nevis has been included in the schedule of the Queen Victoria, Cunard’s
newest cruise line, when it sets sail on its Caribbean tour following her maiden
world voyage next year.
2008 will mark an exciting year on the Cunard Cruise Line calendar as it
will be the first time in history, that three Cunard Queens will be in
The newest, Queen Victoria, joins the fleet in December 2007 and will embark
on 21 captivating voyages that will include dozens of celebratory maiden
calls around the world.
Queen Victoria’s 2008 programme include a Caribbean Holiday a 22-day
voyage, departing roundtrip from Southampton, England on December 11, 2008,
with stops in Ponta Delgada, Antigua, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Grenada,
Barbados, Madeira and Vigo. Voyage fares start from $5,695.
The schedule also features visits to Europe, Norway and the Canary Islands
on itineraries of four to 22 days.Among the highlights are three 14-day Russian Rendezvous itineraries
circling the Baltic Sea and featuring two full days in St. Petersburg,
Russia; a full range of Mediterranean ports featuring Egypt and the Greek
Isles, and the best ports of the Eastern and Western Mediterranean including
Monte Carlo, Florence and Istanbul.
These voyages follow Queen Victoria’s 106-night Maiden World Cruise and will
be detailed in Cunard’s 2008 Voyages brochure to be published in mid-April.
“This is an exciting time in our history,” says Carol Marlow, President of
Cunard Line. “Even as Queen Victoria is under construction, we have been at
work mapping out an incredible itinerary of fascinating places to show off
this extraordinary new ship. Whether a guest is sailing with Cunard for the
first time, or the fortieth time, Queen Victoria will offer an array of
once-in-a-lifetime experiences reminiscent of the Golden Age of Ocean
An extraordinary shipboard experience awaits Queen Victoria’s first
passengers. Long regarded as the trend-setter in glamorous ocean travel,
Cunard voyages offer the epitome of luxury and refinement and Queen Victoria
is no exception. The ship’s sumptuous surroundings, fine dining and renowned
White Star Service(SM), together with sharply focused itineraries and myriad
entertainment and enrichment programs, captivate passengers and confirm
Cunard’s place as purveyor of the world’s most extraordinary ocean voyages.
The 90,000-ton Queen Victoria will not only be a classic ocean liner,
offering the very best of Cunard’s heritage and traditions, along with all
modern day luxuries, but will also feature many exciting innovations. These
will include the first traditional West End-style private viewing boxes at
sea in the Royal Court Theatre; the first floating Cunardia museum display,
housing Cunard artifacts and memorabilia and the first two-story, “˜spiral
staircased’ library at sea. The ship will also feature the line’s celebrated
luxury Grills accommodation and dining, further enhanced on Queen Victoria
with exclusive deck terraces and an al fresco dining option.
From the outside, her distinctive black and red livery will hint at what
differentiates a Cunard liner from a standard cruise ship. This will be most
evident in the ship’s adherence to liner traditions of the past, with
elegant double- and triple-height public rooms featuring rich wood paneling,
intricate mosaics and gleaming chandeliers. There will also be a grand,
colonial-style Winter Garden complete with a retractable glass roof.
As well as being the second largest Cunarder ever built, Queen Victoria’s
arrival is particularly noteworthy as it will mark the first time that three
Cunard Queens have been in service together in the company’s 168-year
history. She joins the world’s grandest ocean liner, Queen Mary 2 and the
world’s most famous ship, QE2.
The Queen Mary 2, which already made three visits to St. Kitts – Nevis for the
current cruise ship season, returns on April 7th and 14th. The Queen
Elizabeth 2 will berth on May 2nd.