Queen Victoria – Cunard Cruise Ship
The idea of a third modern Queen was set to become a reality in 2005. However the original design for QV was to be a pure cruise ship, making it unsuitable to participate in Cunard transatlantic voyages. As a result, the incomplete QV was moved to P&O Cruises, to become Arcadia.
On 3 December 2004 a new contract for a new QV was signed with Fincantieri in Italy. Work on the new Queen Victoria commenced on 14 April 2005 and the ship entered service in 2007.
In true Cunard tradition, Queen Victoria is capable of comfortably crossing the North Atlantic in a direct route from Southampton to New York, thanks to modifications that include a reinforced bow and lengthened hull design.
With an onboard atmosphere reminiscent of Victorian-era Cunard Liners from days gone by, Queen Victoria is just small enough to transit the original locks of the Panama Canal, allowing her to early partake in another Cunard tradition – world cruises.
Following her 2017 refurbishment, the ship is revitalised and now enjoying her second decade of service.