Cunard has released new details about the planned June 2017 dry dock of Queen Victoria, with the vessel set to take on for itself some of the most exciting elements of sister-ship Queen Mary 2. The upgrade will see luxurious Britannia club staterooms added to Queen Victoria, with the category among the most popular on Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2.
Brittania Club staterooms are slightly larger than the standard Brittania staterooms and are generally inclusive of a private balcony. This higher category affords its guests a suite of extra benefits such as access to the exclusive Brittania Club Restaurant, which is a private section of the Grand Brittania Restaurant. Guests with this access can also choose what time of the day or night they take their meals and with whom they choose to dine.
“The changes being made are a direct response to our discerning passengers’ increasing desire for space and style, and to meet their rising expectations of luxury,” stated David Noyes, Cunard CEO.
Further upgrades to Queen Victoria are yet to be announced but will of course include a Britannia Club Restaurant to go with the new staterooms. Upgrades are also expected to the ship’s remaining staterooms and suites.
Queen Victoria, which is celebrating its tenth birthday in 2017, is the second oldest vessel in the current Cunard fleet, this being her first major refurbishment since entering service. The 2,014-passenger ship regularly sails on voyages to Europe from Southampton, England and also calls into Australia on her annual round the world voyage.
The announcement regarding Queen Victoria was made as more details about the forthcoming refurbishment of Queen Mary 2 were released ahead of the ship’s June refit; the largest refit in Cunard history. Work will see 30 new staterooms in the Britannia Club category, while 15 staterooms for single travellers will also be added.
For animal lovers, ocean-going dogs and cats will see an upgrade and expansion of the onboard kennels in response to increases in demand on the liner’s regularly scheduled transatlantic crossings.
At a cost of USD$100 million, the refit of Queen Mary 2 will be completed in time for the northern summer season and her 2017 world voyage to Australia.