Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Happy Belated Birthday, Queen Victoria

It's been a little over a year, yet it seems like just yesterday when I arrived in the UK to meet a Queen.

December 11th marked the completion of Queen Victoria’s first year in service since Cunard’s newest Queen embarked on her Maiden Voyage last year—a day after being named by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall with HRH The Prince of Wales in attendance. Since then Queen Victoria has sailed 111,828 miles, made 222 port calls and carried 54,827 guests, many of whom enjoyed the experience so much that they have travelled several times with the ship already. She spent her first birthday in her home port of Southampton before heading to the Caribbean for Christmas.

Queen Victoria has also become one of the most celebrated ships to be introduced in recent years and has quickly established herself in the Cunard fleet continuing the line’s traditions established nearly 170 years ago. In 2009 Queen Victoria will sail her second World Cruise and then be based in her home port of Southampton with voyages to the Mediterranean, the Baltic and an inaugural 24-night voyage to Canada and New England.

While she is the second largest Cunarder ever built (after the line’s flagship Queen Mary 2), Queen Victoria is not about size superlatives—she is about style. Take a look back at the splendid "berth" of Queen Victoria when Cruise Diva traveled to Southampton to meet Cunard Line's Newest Royal.

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