Queen Victoria is a beautiful floating tribute to Cunard Line’s nearly 200 years of maritime heritage. Woods and rich draperies create a warm, welcoming, traditionally British environment. To drive the point home, Queen Victoria also boasts the “Cunardia,” a floating museum displaying a collection of Cunard memorabilia and artifacts — a favorite of history buffs, we’re certain.
Three types of accommodations also reflect the Cunard way: the Queens Grill Suites, the Princess Grill Suites and the Britannia Class. Britannia Class staterooms are average size, but storage for the inside staterooms is somewhat limited. Don’t expect the generous over-the-bed storage found in the inside staterooms of the Queen Mary 2.
The top two classes — Queens Grill and Princess Grill — have their own dining room for all meals, plus the charming outdoor courtyard lit up for alfresco dining, weather permitting. The Britannia Class has a two-story dining room — an elegant affair with wood paneling and warm color tones.
The Lido Café offers all three meals buffet style, plus snacks throughout the day. An English breakfast is always available as is an international section for dinner. Expect traffic jams during peak dining times.
Class notwithstanding, Cunard’s White Star Service — present on this and all three ships — helps ensure that every service person you encounter has been properly trained according to Cunard tradition at the White Star Academy. Staff are polite, friendly, accommodating and efficient — in other words, British to a T.
More in the way of perks everyone can enjoy is the glamorous, three-story Royal Court Theatre, home to musical productions as well as to smaller cabaret acts. Live music rotates in various lounges, everything from classical strings to a concert piano. The Cunard Orchestra performs in the spacious, Victorian-themed Queens Room. The world-class Steiner Spa and fitness center is also a big draw.
In a dry-dock completed in January 2015, Cunard added nine staterooms for solo cruisers, installed large flat screen TVs to all staterooms and added a sun awning around the aft Lido pool and on both sides of the Upper Grill Terrace.