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Cunard's Queen Elizabeth enters shipyard for major facelift

Cunard's Queen Elizabeth in shipyard for major facelift
Cunard's Queen Elizabeth in shipyard for major facelift
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The beautiful Queen Elizabeth has checked into a German shipyard for a major facelift. As Cunard Line’s newest ship, Queen Elizabeth is undergoing her first scheduled dry-docking since she entered service in 2010.

“Queen Elizabeth is already a much loved ship and following this multi-million dollar refit, she is sure to shine brightly for years to come,” said David Dingle, CEO for Cunard Line.

Queen Elizabeth is set to leave Blohm & Voss Shipyard in Hamburg on June 1 to set sail for Southampton. From there she will cruise on June 4 to Amsterdam. And solo cruisers will be in for a treat as part of the makeover.

“Whilst there has been investment across the ship, we are particularly delighted to announce that following this refit, there will be staterooms for single travelers on board a Cunard ship for the first time since QE2,” Dingle said.

In response to passenger requests, Cunard is creating nine new single staterooms on Deck 2 midship. The new staterooms will be part of a remodeling of Queen Elizabeth’s casino. Eight of the single accommodations will be a new grade of Ocean View accommodation. The ninth single stateroom will be a standard inside. Queen Elizabeth offers 1,034 staterooms for 2,068 passengers.

Along with conducting standard checks and maintenance, the refit will create enhanced stateroom and other amenities, plus improved restaurant facilities. Scrubber technology also is being added in line with Cunard’s environmental sustainability goals. The project includes installing a new filtration system for the exhaust gas from the ship’s engines

The ship is getting new carpet and large flat screen TVs in all passenger staterooms. Most of the TVs are 32 inch or more.
For the ship’s informal restaurant – The Lido – will offer waiters with insulated coffee and tea pots to serve passengers with hot drinks at all meals. Recessed risers are being installed to improve the passenger flow and styling in the self-service area.

As an important part of skin protection, sun awnings are being erected on the open area near the Lido pool at the stern of Deck 9 and on both sides of the Grills Upper Terrace area near the top of the ship. The sun awnings will offer more shade on deck.

For popular shipboard photos, a dedicated studio will allow ship’s photographers to offer high-end portraiture. For choosing photos, passengers will be able to use touch screens in the photo gallery to easily find and select photos taken by the team.

Shoppers will be able to browse new fine jewelry and watch shops. To improve; the overall shopping experience, the layout and lighting are being enhanced.

In addition to Queen Elizabeth, Cunard Line operates luxury ocean liners Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria. Since the company’s first paddle-wheeled steamer Britannia crossed the Atlantic in 1840, Cunard has drawn travelers with impeccable White Star Service, gourmet dining and world-class entertainment.

Today, Cunard offers the only regularly scheduled trans-Atlantic liner service and continues the legacy of world cruising, which it began in 1922.

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