A ceremony marking the Keel Laying for Cunard Line’s Queen Victoria was held in Italy. The keel is the lower part of the outer hull and is the base of the ship upon which everything else is built. The first ship for Cunard built in Italy, this stylish queen is being constructed at Fincantieri’s Marghera yard near Venice. With the launch of Queen Victoria, three Queens will steer collectively under the Cunard (the greatest and most famous ocean liners in the world) banner for the first time in history. The second-largest Cunarder ever built, this 90,000-ton vessel, Queen Victoria will depart on her Maiden Voyage on December 11, 2007, sailing together with Queen Mary 2, the largest liner in the world, and Queen Elizabeth 2, the most famous ship in the world. With her distinctive black and red livery, the latest classic Cunarder is expected to have worldwide appeal, especially in the American market. Both modern and sophisticated, Queen Victoria will be extending the Cunard lineage into the 21st century and providing a full complement of comforts for vacationers with high expectations. In design terms, Queen Victoria will have a contemporary British feel with two British design teams in charge of her interiors.
Queen Victoria will depart New York on January 13, 2008, on her Pathway to the Explorers maiden world cruise, calling on 36 cities in 23 countries
Early Booking Fares for 105-day Pathway to the Explorers maiden world cruise start from $18,827 per person, double occupancy. Shorter Liner Voyages include a 41-day New York to Sydney voyage with Fares starting from $7,810 per person, double occupancy, and a 47-day Los Angeles to Singapore voyage with Fares starting from $9,146, per person, double occupancy.
Crossing the ocean is a grand event itself……..signifying the embodiment of sophistication and privilege.