Named by Queen Elizabeth in 2010, this ship of the same name is Cunard’s newest cruise liner, transporting guests across the Mediterranean to some of the region’s finest destinations, all in luxurious glory. A ship that enjoys these ties is fit for the very highest echelons of society, such as members of the Royal Family. But what exactly sets the Queen Elizabeth apart from other cruise ships?
One of the most illustrious features of the ship is the Queen’s Room – or the Grand Ballroom as it’s also known – where cruise entertainment comes at its most elegant. This really is a venue where you can parade your finest ballroom attire and foxtrot gracefully across the floor at one of the Royal Night themed balls taking place on board. Admire a fantastic backdrop of artworks that tell of Cunard’s own proud links with royalty as you enjoy your special evening.
During the day, you can enjoy cucumber sandwiches, scones and tea while an orchestra plays on at the afternoon tea. Head to the Garden Lounge and you shall also receive this luxurious, white-gloved service. When the evening arrives, dance the night away under the stars on the Queen Elizabeth.
While you’re sailing across the oceans, you can dine in a number of glitzy restaurants on the Queen Elizabeth. Stay in a plush Queen’s Grille Suite, which will have a private balcony and whirlpool bath, and you can feast at the exclusive restaurant of the same name. This is also true of the lavish Princess Grille Suites, where you can dine at the corresponding Princess Grille Restaurant.
You may, however, choose to take your meals at The Verandah, the Queen Elizabeth’s continental dining option. Dress smart and dine on French cuisine – with ingredients sourced from France – and immerse yourself in an atmosphere that harks back to the ambience of this grille on the original Queen Elizabeth.
As well as the glamour of the themed balls, you can attend theatre performances in the Royal Court. These range from musicals to Shakespearean classics and they are another reason (like you needed one!) to dress up to the nines and engage in an evening of culture.
Outside of the dancing and the theatre, travellers can switch fast-paced tenpin bowling for the more leisurely traditional style of bowls up on the games deck. There you can also indulge in a light spot of croquet, or work up a sweat with a friendly game of paddle tennis.
If you feel like being extra good to yourself, splash out in the shops of brands that didn’t used to be available at sea, such as Hackett, Harris Tweed, Fortnum and Mason and Anya Hindmarch. Alternatively, you can pamper yourself in the Royal Spa, where an award-winning menu of treatments awaits.
Board Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth and you will cross oceans on a liner that shares connections with royalty itself. Majestic and glorious, you’ll feel as if you’re royalty too, enjoying a level of service and luxury fit for a king and queen.
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