Amenities, (Pools, Spa, Sports)..........................Page Two
Amenities (Shops, Children, Other Areas).........Page Three
Bars, Lounges, Nighttime Entertainment..............Page Four
The Grills Experience..........................................Page Six
PHOTO TOUR AND
Queen Elizabeth was named by Her
Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Accordingly, Cunard commissioned
Isobel Peachey to paint a new,
original portrait of the Queen.
The center of Queen Elizabeth is the
Grand Lobby and the centerpiece of this
three deck space is a marquetry panel by
David Linley. This 18 and a half foot
high panel depicts the original Queen
Elizabeth and was commissioned
especially for this ship.
Throughout the ship are memorabilia and
photographs relating to Cunard history,
focusing particularly on the original Queen
Elizabeth and on QE2.
Queen Elizabeth has an extensive art collection. Many of
the works relate to Cunard's past or to its British homeland.
There are also a series of paintings by Giancarlo Impiglia
(below). Mr. Impiglia first formed a connection to Cunard
when he painted a series of works for QE2 and he has
painted works for each Cunarder since then. (Read
interview with the artist).
Cruise ship photo tour - - Cunard - - Queen Elizabeth - page 1
Ship models also feature in the collection. Chief
amongst these is the silver model of QE2 made by
Asprey's in the 1970s. It was displayed in the lobby of
QE2 for many years.
The Grand Lobby is the crossroads of the ship. It includes
the Purser's Desk (not shown) and the Tour Office (right).
Overlooking the Grand Lobby in the Alcove is a ship's
writing desk that is sometimes used for jig saw puzzles
The Queen Elizabeth is a sumptuous yet elegant ship. She is the third ship built for
Cunard since Cunard was acquired by Carnival Corporation in 1997 (See Queen Mary 2,
Queen Victoria) and continues the line's strategy of overlaying the style of the grand
ocean liners of yesteryear onto a modern ship.
This ship is the second largest Cunarder (i.e., Cunard ship) ever built. Although she is
considerably smaller than fleetmate QM2 and many of the mega-cruise ships sailing for
other lines, she is still quite a substantial ship. As a result, she offers the features people
expect from a modern passenger ship while at the same time having a relatively intimate
To get the most out of the cruise experience on Queen Elizabeth, it is best to know a little
about Cunard history. The line is not only proud of its glamorous 170-year history but
tradition explains why things are often done in ways on Cunard ships that are different
than on other lines. It all goes toward weaving a spell in which the guests come to realize
that they are participating in something that goes back nearly two centuries and includes
royalty, statesmen, movie stars and other celebrities.
This Queen Elizabeth is named in honor of two past Cunard ships. While other lines
reuse names; typically, one has to look hard to find more than a passing reference to the
current ship's predecessors. On Queen Elizabeth, the predecessors' names and images
The first of these ships is what is often called the "original Queen Elizabeth." Completed
in 1940, this ship spent the first part of her career as a troop ship carrying Allied soldiers
in World War II. After the war, she emerged as the world's largest ocean liner - - a title
she held until 2004 when Queen Mary 2 entered service. Together with the first Queen
Mary, she was internationally known for the best in ocean travel until her retirement in
1968. Her art deco style was the inspiration for much of the decor on the current Queen
The second ship was also be called "Queen Elizabeth". However, at the naming
ceremony in 1967, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II added "the Second" to her name and
she became known as "Queen Elizabeth 2" or ""QE2". (See profile of QE2). For nearly
40 years, QE2 was the most famous ship in the world. The current Queen Elizabeth
carries numerous QE2 artifacts and images.
The Queen Elizabeth is a close sister to Cunard's Queen Victoria. Additional staterooms
have been added at the stern giving the ship a square-off look compared to Queen
Victoria's terraced stern. The Queen Elizabeth also has a fabric-covered games deck on
the forward part of the superstructure, which also distinguishes her look from that of her
Inside, Queen Elizabeth is art deco in inspiration whereas Queen Victoria is art nouveau.
As noted in the pages which follow, there have also been some changes in the
composition of the public rooms.
Cunard ships attract an international mix of passengers. The exact composition of that
mix depends very much on where the ship is sailing.
Queen Elizabeth is homeported in Southampton, England from where she cruises to the
Baltic, the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and around Britain. She also does the
occasional North American cruise and a World Cruise.