Cunard’s Queen Victoria welcomes guests to Southampton
The Queen Victoria returns to service today in Southampton, England. Returning after a two-year operational break, the Cunard ship welcomes guests for a cruise in the Western Mediterranean.
The 14-night voyage sails to six ports in Spain, Italy and the UK.
Besides Barcelona, Cadiz and Cartagena, Queen Victoria will visit La Spezia and Civitavecchia. Before returning to Southampton on June 19, the ship will also pay a visit to Gibraltar.
Continuing its first post-pandemic schedule, the Queen Victoria will offer different cruises during the summer, with itineraries visiting Western Europe, Scandinavia, the Norwegian fjords, Iceland, the Iberian Peninsula and more.
In September, the ship offers a special 19-night cruise that will visit the Adriatic. Departing from Southampton, the itinerary includes calls at seven ports in five countries, including Trieste, from where passengers can visit Venice.
The Queen Victoria also operates several cruises to the Canary Islands and Madeira which include stops in St. Cruz de Tenerife, La Palma, Arrecife, Funchal and more.
Designed to honor ocean liners of the past, Queen Victoria entered service for Cunard in 2007.
As the second-largest ship ever built for the British company in its more than 150-year history, the 90,000-tonne cruise ship followed the Queen Mary 2 built in 2004.
At the time, the 2,000-guest ship introduced several new features, such as a theater with private dressing rooms, the first floating Cunardia museum, and a two-story library with a spiral staircase.
In 2017, the Queen Victoria underwent a month-long $40 million renovation that included the creation of a new Lido Sun Deck as well as a new conservatory.
The ship has also been fitted with 43 new cabins, a new restaurant and five new Penthouse suites.
Before returning to service, the ship also spent more than two weeks in one of the dry docks at the Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast.