Cunard’s Queen Victoria made its return to Southampton June 8, showing off an array of new features following a $40 million refurbishment.
First-look photography released today reveals the results of the renovation, including the new Britannia Club Restaurant and 43 new Britannia Club staterooms. Further enhancements on board include redesigned Grand and Penthouse Suites, as well as a new sundeck and an enhanced Winter Garden. Every stateroom has been refreshed, including the installation of large flat screen TVs and tea and coffee making facilities, which Cunard said were much requested by guests.
The ship, which was taken out of service on May 5 to undergo the refit at the Fincantieri Shipyard in Palermo in Italy, returned to service June 8, setting off on a floral adventure to the Canary Islands, as part of a special Festival of Flowers voyage.
According to details shared with Travel Agent at the recent Seatrade Cruise Global, the refurbishment raised the ship’s maximum double occupancy from 2,021 to 2,081 with the addition of the 30 new Britannia cabins. To do that, Cunard had to slice off the back of the ship, which allowed the line to add the new cabins, as well as the new sundeck. In terms of décor, the ship also received a number of new Art Deco touches, meant as a nod to the ship’s classic past.
Cunard has invested a combined $172 million for Queen Victoria’s refit along with Queen Mary 2’s remastering, said Josh Leibowitz, senior vice president, Cunard North America, in a written release.