Christened in 2010 by Queen Elizabeth II, the 92,000 gross ton, 2,081-guest Queen Elizabeth is the newest of three ships in the Cunard Line fleet.
Although all Cunard ships are one class, they carry on a tradition started in 1968 with the since-retired Queen Elizabeth 2 in having dining venues that are tiered according to guests’ suite or stateroom categories.
In addition to the four “assigned” restaurants that include the legendary Queens and Princess Grills, the Britannia Club and the Britannia Restaurant, the Queen Elizabeth also has a pub, a casual buffet and the extra-tariff Verandah Grill steakhouse.
Unlike many of today’s amenity-enhanced cruise ships, the Queen Elizabeth has a genteel, British flair, underscored by such outdoor diversions as shuffleboard, lawn bowling and croquet.
Far from the glitzy trappings of some cruise ships, the Queen Ellizabeth’s recently refitted interior spaces boast new soft fittings enhanced with deep blue and burgundy highlights that offset the original, lush wood tones.
The art deco-themed public spaces and artworks are a nod to the first Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary, two of the Atlantic’s most celebrated ocean liners.
Like the other ships in the fleet, the Queen Elizabeth has a Heritage Trail of paintings and artifacts from former Cunard liners displayed throughout.
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