Queen Elizabeth is a lighter, brighter, Art Deco version of her older, nearly identical sibling, Queen Victoria. The wide wraparound promenade, for instance, lined with cushioned teak deck chairs, is a nod to iconic cruise style. Emphasis on board is on the arts — from original sculptures, oil paintings and Cunard memorabilia to live music, dance, beautiful craftsmanship and entertainment.
Speaking of high-seas diversions, Queen Elizabeth has plenty in the way of artistic amusement — more than any other in Cunard’s fleet. Attend dazzling balls, catch a musical production, listen to live music in one of the ship’s lounges or take on the role of entertainer at karaoke in the Golden Lion pub. Cabarets, solo artists and lecturers add interest to the entertainment agenda.
Keeping with tradition, Cunard is one of the few cruise lines that structures its dining programs based on your stateroom accommodations. For instance, guests staying in Queens Grill suites have the option of dining at Queens Grill and Princess Grill, which operate like upscale, a la carte shoreside restaurants.
The dining venues throughout the ship feature something for everyone, which is a relief considering the long voyages. From American favorites and traditional British dishes to the more eclectic menus offering everything from Indian and Mexican to Italian. And of course you can enjoy a cup of proper English tea, a favorite among Cunard guests.
Nearly three-quarters of the 1,046 staterooms have balconies. The inside, oceanview and balcony staterooms are in the Britannia class of accommodations; the super-pricey Princess Grill and Queens Grill suites are a vision of luxury. The six main Queens Grill suites are named after the six Cunard Commodores who have been knighted: Commodore Sir Arthur Rostron, Commodore Sir Edgar Britten, Commodore Sir Ivan Thompson, Commodore Sir Cyril Illingworth; Commodore Sir James Bisset and Commodore Sir James Charles. Each suite features a portrait and biography of the Commodore after whom it is named. Plus, guests in the Grill suites luxuriate in their own dining room and outdoor terrace.