MS Queen Elizabeth
Queen Elizabeth in Tallinn, 10 June 2011
|Owner:||Cunard Line Ltd|
|Port of registry:||2010–2011: Southampton, UK
2011–2013: Hamilton, Bermuda
|Builder:||Fincantieri Monfalcone Shipyard, Italy|
|Cost:||UK£350 million (approx.)(US$560 million)|
|Laid down:||2 July 2009|
|Launched:||5 January 2010|
|Christened:||11 October 2010
by Queen Elizabeth II
|Maiden voyage:||12 October 2010|
|In service:||October 2010|
IMO number: 9477438
MMSI number: 310625000
|Class & type:||Signature class cruise ship|
|Length:||294 m (965 ft)|
|Beam:||32.3 m (106 ft)|
|Draught:||8 m (26 ft)|
12 accessible to passengers
|Installed power:||4 × MaK 12VM43C
2 × MaK 8M43C
64,000 kW (combined)
Two ABB Azipods (2 × 17.6 MW)
Three ABB bow thrusters (3 × 2,200 kW)
|Speed:||23.7 knots (43.9 km/h; 27.3 mph)|
|Capacity:||2,092 passengers lower beds, 2,547 maximum passengers|
MS Queen Elizabeth is a Signature class cruise ship operated by the Cunard Line. She is the second largest ship to be constructed for Cunard, exceeded only by the Queen Mary 2, and is capable of carrying up to 2,092 passengers. The ship is running mate to the Queen Victoria and the Queen Mary 2.
The ship's name was announced by Cunard on 10 October 2007. The company now operates three vessels once more (since the retirement of QE2 in 2008). The naming of the ship as Queen Elizabeth sees a situation similar to that between 1940 and 1948, when Cunard's original Queen Elizabeth was in service at the same time as the Royal Navy battleship HMS Queen Elizabeth. In 2016, six years after this ship joined the fleet, the Royal Navy plans to introduce the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth into service.
The first master of Queen Elizabeth is Captain Chris Wells.
The Queen Elizabeth is almost identical in design to her sister ship Queen Victoria, although because of the steeper stern, her passenger capacity is slightly higher (2,058 to Queen Victoria's 2,014).[dead link] Also because of this difference, the largest suites at the stern of the Queen Elizabeth have smaller balconies.[dead link][not in citation given] At the forward end of deck 11, there is a roof covering the games deck, unlike the sports deck on the Queen Victoria though it provided limited weather protection as the canvas covering is not continuous.[not in citation given] The whistle of Queen Elizabeth is a copy of the one fitted to the original Queen Elizabeth.
Also unlike many previous Cunard Queens, Queen Elizabeth is not a true ocean liner as she does not have the heavy plating throughout the hull nor the propulsion system of a dedicated transatlantic liner. However the bow was constructed with heavier plating to cope with the Transatlantic run, and the ship has a high freeboard. The recently completed Queen Mary 2 had cost approximately $300,000 US per berth, nearly double that of many contemporary cruise ships, so Cunard made the economical decision to base Queen Elizabeth on an enhanced Vista-class cruise ship.
Although having an almost identical interior arrangement to the Queen Victoria, the decor is very different. The ship is a tribute to the two previous Queen Elizabeths: the original Queen Elizabeth and the QE2. It also evokes the era of the 1930s, in which Cunard's first Queen Elizabeth was launched, with many art deco interior touches. The ship also features a Britannia Club section of the main restaurant, which is a feature popular on the Queen Mary 2, but not available on the Queen Victoria. This service allows passengers in the Britannia staterooms to have single seating dining arrangements, without having to upgrade to the more expensive Grills classes. The sliding roof over the Winter Garden featured on Queen Victoria is replaced with a simple glass roof (the space being renamed The Garden Lounge).
Following the ship's manufacture in Italy from 2007 to 2010, Cunard Line officially confirmed that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II would name Cunard's new ship. The ceremony was held in Southampton on Monday 11 October 2010 before the ship set sail on her maiden voyage to the Canary Islands the following day. The Queen was also the sponsor of the now-retired Queen Elizabeth 2 in 1967 and Cunard's current flagship, Queen Mary 2, in 2004.
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On Monday 4 October, 2010 Queen Elizabeth was formally handed over to Cunard. She sailed on her maiden voyage from Southampton on Tuesday 12 October, 2010, following a naming ceremony with the monarch on Monday 11 October 2010. Her maiden voyage included calls at the Spanish port of Vigo before heading for Lisbon, Cadiz, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Palma and Madeira.
The ship made several European cruises until she departed on her first world cruise, leaving Southampton on 5 January 2011 and calling at New York, Fort Lauderdale, Aruba and Limon before transiting the Panama Canal. She would then call at Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas and Los Angeles before crossing the Pacific Ocean to Lahaina, Honolulu, Apia, Pago Pago, Fiji, Bay of Islands, Auckland, Wellington, Sydney, Melbourne, Fremantle, Kota Kinabalu, Hong Kong (thus sailing close to the location where her predecessor RMS Queen Elizabeth caught fire and capsized in 1972). Stops in south-west Asia would include Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh City, Ko Samui, Langkawi, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Penang. She would then cross the Indian Ocean westbound for Kochi, Mumbai and Muscat. This would be followed by a journey westbound again across the Arabian Sea before passing through the Strait of Hormuz to call at Dubai in the Persian Gulf, where she would be berthed close to her predecessor RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 for the first time. After calling at Salalah and Aqaba, the ship would transit the Suez Canal. Westbound Mediterranean calls would be at Athens and Rome, then passing through the Strait of Gibraltar to make a final call at Lisbon before returning to Southampton.
On the 29 June 2012, the ship made her one and only visit to Ny-Ålesund, in Svalbard. The previous scheduled visit in 2011 had to be aborted due to bad weather. She is not scheduled to visit Svalbard in her 2013 schedule. Newly introduced legislation relating to cruise ships visiting the archepelago (applicable from 2014) mean that Queen Elizabeth will never be able to visit again.
Cunard Royal Rendezvous
13 January 2011:
Two years after the first Cunard Royal Rendezvous, RMS Queen Mary 2 met up with the Queen Victoria and the then brand new Queen Elizabeth for another Royal Rendezvous in New York City. Both the Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth made an Atlantic crossing in tandem for the event. All three Cunarders met in front of the Statue of Liberty at 6:45 pm for a Grucci fireworks display. The Empire State Building was lit up in red to mark the event.
Queen Elizabeth first birthday
On 12 October 2011 Queen Elizabeth celebrated her first birthday in Valletta, Malta. In her first year, Queen Elizabeth visited 108 different destinations and travelled 123,351 nautical miles. As part of her insights programme she has had 78 speakers onboard; some of these celebrities and speakers were Lord Jeffery Archer, Ruth Scott, Brian Hoey, and Robert Kershaw.
The ship has consistently received a rating of 90% on the customer satisfaction questionnaire and ranks third behind fleetmate MS Queen Victoria and the Celebrity Eclipse in the top 10 cruise ships.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: MS Queen Elizabeth|
- Video of the press launch (March 17th 2009)
- MS Queen Elizabeth on Cunard.co.uk
- "Queen Elizabeth". Chris' Cunard Page. Retrieved 16 February 2010.