Cunard Line has revealed the itinerary plans for its newest cruise vessel, Queen Elizabeth, scheduled to begin service on Oct. 12, 2010. Queen Elizabeth will be the third new cruise ship to be introduced by Cunard in six years and the second-largest Cunard ship ever built. Weighing over 92,000 tons and carrying 2,092 passengers, Queen Elizabeth will feature design features made famous by its predecessor vessels. The new ship will sport the black and red livery on the exterior and traditional decor inside, with double and triple height public rooms with wood paneling, mosaics, chandeliers and marbles throughout the ship. Art Deco features will show the class and elegance from the original Queen Elizabeth. New entertainment options are themed from the original Queen Elizabeth as well, including country house parties, piano evenings and a variety of dancing themes for the evenings, such as the jitterbug and jive.
Public spaces include the Queens Room, an elegant ballroom with a 1,000 square foot dance floor. The Garden Lounge will have a vaulted glass ceiling inspired by the glass houses of Kew Gardens. The Games Deck will offer a variety of games including paddle tennis and croquet. Dining venues include the Queens Grill, and the Princess Grill with a private deck terrace, a lounge and sun deck. The vessel will have a Yacht Club. The Britannia Club, features a private dining room with single seating dining for guests in the top category balcony staterooms.
Queen Elizabeth’s maiden 2010 season will consist of six voyages over the last three months of the year, calling on 32 ports in 18 countries. The 13-night maiden voyage will depart from Southampton on Oct. 12, 2010, and ports of call are at Vigo, Lisbon, Seville, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Palma and Madeira. The ship will then embark on five inaugural voyages. The “Mediterranean Premiere”, first after the maiden voyage is a 14-day cruise departing Southampton on Oct. 25, 2010, with ports of call to Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Florence/Pisa, Rome, Naples, Cartagena and Gibraltar. Next, is the 18 day “Aegean Introduction”, which will depart Southampton on Nov. 8, 2010, and ports of call on Malaga, Malta, Venice, Dubrovnik, Kusadasi, Athens and Alicante.
Continuing the inaugural season is the five-day “Gallic Debut” which will depart Southampton on Nov. 26, 2010, and make ports of call to Rotterdam, Brussels/Bruges and Cherbourg. Next is the 13 day “Iberian Discovery” will depart Southampton on Dec. 1, 2010, and visit Vigo, Lisbon, Seville, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Palma and Madeira. The last of the inaugural voyages, a 22 day “Festive Debut” will depart Southampton on Dec. 14, 2010, and visit Madeira, Tortola, Dominica, Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua and Azores Islands. Reservations for Queen Elizabeth’s maiden voyages and inaugural season open for bookings on April 2, 2009.