Who’s next for a re-fit?

Every few years cruise ships go in for a re-fit, it amazes me how much is spent on these re-fits, it seems mind boggling that that one particular cruise has made so much money since the last re-fit.

This time it is the Queen Vic, 10 years after her launch and the cost is quite moderate, £34 million.


Work is currently under way and is due to finish this 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 all penthouse guests.

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 fabulous 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. I hope for one that my invite is in the post

The ship’s refit is being 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. I’m sure this will be a sell out cruise as always.