Queen of Oceans to dock in Mumbai March 28

March 15th, 2008 - 4:12 pm ICT by admin  

Mumbai, March 15 (IANS) Mumbai will get a rare treat next fortnight when the world’s most luxurious ship, ‘Queen Victoria’, arrives here as part of her maiden world tour. The ship, which will first visit Chennai March 23 and proceed to Kochi a couple of days later, will dock in Mumbai for a day March 28.

Christened and inaugurated by The Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, wife of Britain’s Prince Charles, the luxury liner is a 90,000-ton palace on water, owned by Cunard Line, known for its ultra-luxury ships.

Queen Victoria, the second largest deluxe cruise ship built by the company in its 168-year history, joins the other two equally magnificent ‘queens’ ruling the high seas - ‘Queen Elizabeth 2′ and ‘Queen Mary 2′.

Queen Victoria, brought to India by InterGlobe Cruises, Cunard’s India representatives, takes the place of its retiring sister ship, Queen Elizabeth 2, which was acknowledged as the most famous and popular ship sailing the world’s oceans for the past 30 years.

Cunard’s managing director Carol Marlow said: “It is a unique ship offering a glorious taste of grand ocean travel from days gone by, along with every modern convenience. The ship’s interior design was inspired and carefully planned to take maximum advantage of the ship’s grand spaces. Classical motifs, along with art deco and nouveau touches, blend in a subtle continuity to add an element of surprise.”

From the ship’s double and triple height spaces, a design feature common to grand ships of the past, to rooms imbued with an elegant yet understated British charm, the overall effect is both contemporary and classically historic.

Associate vice-president, Travel & Leisure, InterGlobe Air Travel, Shalini Lambah said: “We look forward to welcome their guests aboard the ship and experience the unrivalled elegance, fine dining and gracious service that defines the legendary hospitality of Cunard.”

The highpoint of the ship’s stunning architecture was the grand lobby, the centre of all on board activity, which opened into all other public areas like the decks, banquet halls and luxury cabins.

The ship also boasts of the world’s second largest library, next only to Queen Mary 2, a Cunard museum, formal balls, live orchestras, traditional Captain’s cocktail parties, Cunard World Club events, a Royal Court Theatre, huge dining halls and business areas for patrons.

Rich wood panels, intricate mosaics, gleaming chandeliers and especially commissioned murals mark many of its elegant public rooms that make Queen Victoria cruises lifetime memories.

Bookings for European, Mediterranean and North American cruises on the ship are already open for Indian patrons. After her maiden world tour, Queen Victoria will embark on her Baltic and Scandinavian cruises (May-July) and Mediterranean (August-December) cruises this year.

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