‘Queen Victoria’ is Cunards latest addition

November 25th, 2007 - 4:40 pm ICT by admin  

London, Nov 25 (ANI): British shipping company Cunard has added the 300 million pound Queen Victoria to its fleet.

The handover ceremony took place at the Fincantieri shipyard near Venice, where the Italian flag was lowered and was replaced with the Red Ensign of Britain’s merchant navy.

After the acceptance of the 90,000-ton ship, it would undergo final preparations before sailing to Southampton where she would be named the Duchess of Cornwall.

The Queen Victoria will offer its passengers the most exclusive cruises yet.

Fares for the grandest suites, with palatial marble bathrooms, balconies and 24-hour butler service, stretch to 210,000 pounds per person on a world cruise.

Carol Marlow, Cunard’s managing director, said that the company has tried to capture the grand style that people associate with liners of the past but with modern amenities.

“We have tried to capture the grand style and decor that people associate with liners of the past but with modern amenities,” the Telegraph quoted Marlow, as saying.

“People come on voyages looking for a very authentic experience that will take them back to the golden days of ocean travel. That is what we hope we are giving them, she said.

Bill Gibbons, the director of the Passenger Shipping Association, said: “The Queen Victoria is one of the few ocean liners that differentiates between exclusive ‘grill class’ and standard class passengers with private areas. It is these experiences that are making cruises more popular. (ANI)

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