10 years after its launch, Cunard’s Queen Victoria is getting a £34million makeover – giving it a truly royal look. The work began on the 5th of May, and is expected to last around a month.

The giant liner, which boasts 16 decks and the capacity to hold 2,014 passengers, will be upgraded with newly-designed penthouse suites and an extension of the rooftop pool area.

Other new features include a ‘pillow menu’ featuring nine different pillows to ensure maximum comfort for cruise-goers and private butlers for penthouse guests.

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Fit for a Queen

The bedrooms have a luxurious touch, with royal blue and blood red bed throws. Pillows embroidered with gold thread are an extra touch.

Cunard’s senior vice president Simon Palethorpe said –

‘As part of the Queen Victoria refurbishment, we’ve looked to heighten our customers’ experience in every way, from the extension of the aft lido sun deck to refreshed interiors across the board.

‘Responding to the demands of our guests, we’ve introduced 43 Britannia Club Staterooms, bringing the Queen Victoria in line with the rest of the Cunard fleet.

‘The distinctive Cunard elegance remains of course, and design cues have been taken from previous Cunard ships, such as the original Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth. At the same time, there are many enhancements – for example, new bar concepts and large flat screen TVs in all staterooms – that meet the needs of today’s luxury traveller.

‘We’re looking forward to inviting the first Cunard guests onboard to enjoy the new additions and refreshed features.’

The ship’s refit will be carried out at the Fincantieri Shipyard in Palermo, Italy. Once completed Queen Victoria will then return to Southampton before embarking on her maiden four-night voyage to Amsterdam and Bruges.

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