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MS Queen Elizabeth
MS Queen Elizabeth
(QE) is a cruise ship of the Vista class
Vista class
operated by the Cunard Line. The design is modified from that of previous ships of that class, and slightly larger than Queen Victoria, at 92,000 GT, largely due to a more vertical stern.[1] The ship is able to carry up to 2092 passengers.[1] The ship's name was announced by Cunard on 10 October 2007. Since the retirement of Queen Elizabeth 2
Queen Elizabeth 2
in 2008 the company has operated three vessels.[2] The naming of the ship as Queen Elizabeth brings about 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. The Royal Navy's aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth went to sea the summer of 2017, six and a half years after the cruise ship entered service.

Contents

1 Design

1.1 Exterior 1.2 Interior

2 Launch 3 Service history

3.1 Cunard Royal Rendezvous 3.2 Special
Special
Voyages

3.2.1 QE2 50th Anniversary Celebration 3.2.2 Australia 2019

4 References

4.1 Notes 4.2 Bibliography

5 External links

Design[edit] Exterior[edit] Queen Elizabeth is almost identical in design to Queen Victoria, although because of the steeper stern, her introduction into service the passenger capacity was slightly higher with up to 2,058 compared to Queen Victoria's 2,014.[3] 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.[4] Interior[edit] Although having an almost identical interior arrangement to Queen Victoria, the decor is very different. The ship is a tribute to the two previous Queen Elizabeth-named ships: the original Queen Elizabeth and Queen Elizabeth 2. She also evokes the era of the 1930s, in which Cunard's first Queen Elizabeth was launched, with many art deco interior touches.[5] The ship also features a Britannia Club section of the main restaurant, which is a feature popular on Queen Mary 2, but not available on 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.[6] 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).[7] Launch[edit] Following the ship's construction in Italy
Italy
from 2007 to 2010, Cunard Line officially confirmed that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II
would name Cunard's new ship.[8] The ceremony was held in Southampton
Southampton
on Monday 11 October 2010 before the ship set sail on her maiden voyage to the Canary Islands the following day.[9] The Queen was also the sponsor of the now-retired Queen Elizabeth 2
Queen Elizabeth 2
in 1967 and Cunard's current flagship, Queen Mary 2, in 2004.[10] Service history[edit] The first master of Queen Elizabeth was Captain Christopher Wells.[11] On Monday 4 October 2010 Queen Elizabeth was formally handed over to Cunard. She sailed on her maiden voyage from Southampton
Southampton
on Tuesday 12 October 2010, following a naming ceremony with the monarch on Monday 11 October 2010.[12] At the end of October 2011 Queen Elizabeth and her fleet mates changed their registries to Hamilton, Bermuda, in order to host weddings aboard.[13] On 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. However, she was not scheduled to visit Svalbard in her 2013 schedule. Newly introduced legislation relating to cruise ships visiting the archipelago. The incoming legislation applicable from 2014 onwards mean that Queen Elizabeth will never be able to visit again.[14] On 31 August 2013, British journalist and broadcaster Sir David Frost had been invited to give a speech by Cunard whilst travelling on board the ship but died of a heart attack.[15] On 13 August 2016 Queen Elizabeth made the 2,500th cruise ship call at Kiel, Germany.[16] On 6 July 2017, during a cruise around the British Isles, Queen Elizabeth encountered the new Royal Navy
Royal Navy
aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth in the Moray Firth, during the warship's initial sea trials.[17] Cunard Royal Rendezvous[edit] 13 January 2011: Two years after the first Cunard Royal Rendezvous, RMS Queen Mary
RMS Queen Mary
2 met up with Queen Victoria and the then brand new Queen Elizabeth for another Royal Rendezvous in New York City. Both 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.[18] 5 June 2012: All three 'Queens' met once more, but this time in Southampton
Southampton
in order to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.[19] 15 July 2012: Both Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2 visited Hamburg
Hamburg
the first time together.[20] 12 March 2013: Passed the former Cunard ship Queen Mary, currently a hotel in Long Beach, California, for the first time along with fireworks display.[21] 6 May 2014: All three Queens met up for the first time in Lisbon, Portugal, in preparation for Queen Mary 2s 10th birthday. All three on departure sailed in a one-line formation to Southampton.[22] 9 May 2014: Both Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria led in single file, Queen Mary 2 up the Southampton
Southampton
channel, with both ships docking in a bow to bow formation performing a birthday salute to Queen Mary 2. Later on, all three Cunarders gather for a fireworks display in which Queen Mary 2 led both the Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria back down the channel.[23]

Queen Elizabeth at Liverpool
Liverpool
Cruise Terminal, on 25 May 2015, after the Cunard 175 celebration

25 May 2015: The three 'Queens' at Liverpool
Liverpool
celebrating 175 years of the formation of the Cunard Line, which was formed and based at Liverpool. At low tide, the three ships stopped in line in middle of the River Mersey, bow to stern, turned 180 degrees in full synchronisation with each other, which was known as river dance), they then formed an arrow side by side. The Queen Mary 2 was in the centre with its bow in line with the Cunard Building
Cunard Building
at the Pier Head. The RAF Red Arrows
Red Arrows
performed a flypast in Vic formation, emitting red, white and blue smoke, over the vessels. An estimated 1.3 million people lined the river banks to witness the spectacle.[24] Special
Special
Voyages[edit] QE2 50th Anniversary Celebration[edit] In September 2017 the ship hosted a special commemorative cruise to honour the 50th anniversary of its predecessor the QE2.[25][26] The Mediterranean cruise was chosen to pay tribute to QE2's role as a cruise ship.[27] Special
Special
guests include Captain Ian McNaught, Commodore Ronald Warwick, Maritime Historian Chris Frame and QE2 Social Hostess Maureen Ryan.[28] Australia 2019[edit] Queen Elizabeth will spend an extended season in Australia in 2019.[29][30] References[edit] Notes[edit]

^ a b c Cunard Line
Cunard Line
(10 October 2007). "Cunard to Build "Queen Elizabeth"".  ^ "Cunard - Welcome to the latest news from Cunard". Cunard. Retrieved 25 September 2015.  ^ "Queen Elizabeth". Cunard. Retrieved 27 September 2015.  ^ "Three Queens: Spotlight on Queen Elizabeth". Lancashire Telegraph. 3 May 2015. Retrieved 22 December 2017.  ^ "Queen Elizabeth Press Launch". Cunard Line
Cunard Line
- Press Release. 17 March 2009. Retrieved 17 March 2009.  ^ "Britannia Club". Cunard. Archived from the original on 4 March 2010.  ^ "Queen Elizabeth". Avid Cruiser. Retrieved 4 October 2015.  ^ "The Queen WILL name the Queen! (10556)". cruises.co.uk. Retrieved 25 September 2015.  ^ Peter Woodman (11 October 2010). "Queen officially names luxury liner". The Independent. Retrieved 6 September 2012.  ^ Charles Starmer-Smith (1 September 2010). "Queen to name Cunard's new ship". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 6 September 2012.  ^ "Breaking News – The Master is Appointed For Queen Elizabeth". Cunard Blog. 7 September 2009. Retrieved 14 September 2009.  ^ " MS Queen Elizabeth
MS Queen Elizabeth
naming ceremony highlights". Cunard. Retrieved 26 September 2015.  ^ "It's Official: Cunard Re-flags Ships in Bermuda, Launches Weddings at Sea". Cruise Critic. 19 October 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2013.  ^ "Cruise regulations put Svalbard
Svalbard
off-limits". The Telegraph. 17 March 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2015.  ^ "Sir David Frost, broadcaster and writer, dies at 74". BBC. 1 September 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2013.  ^ Mayes, William (2016). Ships Monthly November 2016. p. 13.  ^ Whitelaw, Jonathan (7 July 2017). "Queens of the Sea: Stunning moment huge Queen Elizabeth ships meet for the first time in Moray Firth". Scottish Sun. The Sun. Retrieved 7 July 2017.  ^ "Iconic Cunard Line
Cunard Line
Queens to Meet for Historic Royal Rendezvous in New York Harbour on 13 January". PR New Wire. 8 December 2010. Retrieved 4 October 2015.  ^ " Cunard Line
Cunard Line
Announces 2012-2013 Deployment". cruiseindustrynews.com. Retrieved 25 September 2015.  ^ "Hafen Hamburg
Hamburg
- "Queen Mary 2" und "Queen Elizabeth" im Doppelpack". Hamburger Abendblatt.  ^ "Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary to meet in first Cunard royal rendezvous". Breaking Travel News. 2 March 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2015.  ^ "Do you come here often? Cunard's three royal ladies, the liners Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria dock in Lisbon for family portrait". Daily Mail. 6 June 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2015.  ^ "Pictures of the day". The Telegraph. 9 May 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2015.  ^ "Three Queens: Eyes of the world on Liverpool
Liverpool
for Cunard's 175th anniversary". Liverpool
Liverpool
Echo. Retrieved 29 May 2015.  ^ "Cunard sailing to mark 50th anniversary of QE2 launch". Travelweekly.co.uk. Retrieved 26 August 2017.  ^ " Cunard Line
Cunard Line
Will Celebrate The Queen Elizabeth 2
Queen Elizabeth 2
50th Anniversary CruiseBe". CruiseBe. Retrieved 2018-01-19.  ^ "Cunard's Queen Elizabeth Cruise Ship to Host QE2 50th Anniversary Celebrations". Cruisecritic.com.au. 17 August 2017. Retrieved 26 August 2017.  ^ "Big Fat Cruise Wrap – Travel Weekly". Travelweekly.com.au. Retrieved 26 August 2017.  ^ "Grand Voyages on Queen Elizabeth 2019 - Cunard". Cunardline.com.au. Retrieved 26 August 2017.  ^ Staff, CIN (2018-02-18). "Queen Elizabeth to be Based in Australia for 2019-2020 Season". Retrieved 2018-02-19. 

Bibliography[edit]

Dawson, Philip (2010). Queen Elizabeth: a celebration of ocean travel for modern Elizabethan times (2nd ed.). Ramsey, Isle of Man: Lily Publications. ISBN 9781906608224.  Frame, Chris; Cross, Rachelle (2011). Queen Elizabeth: a photographic journey. Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK: The History Press. ISBN 9780752459165.  Thiel, Ingo (2011). Queen Elizabeth: Noble Eleganz zur See / Elegance at Sea (in German and English). Bielefeld, Germany: Delius Klasing. ISBN 9783768833226. CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link) Wills, Elspeth (2011). Cunard Queens: the story of the six Cunard Line Queens. London: Open Agency. ISBN 9780954245191. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to MS Queen Elizabeth.

Video of the press launch (17 March 2009) MS Queen Elizabeth
MS Queen Elizabeth
on Cunard.co.uk "Queen Elizabeth: Art Deco Queen". Chris' Cunard Page. Retrieved 16 February 2010.  Queen Elizabeth – review by Douglas Ward in The Daily Telegraph, London.

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List of ships built by Fincantieri

Warships

Andrea Doria Assad-class corvettes Caio Duilio Carvajal Cassiopea-class patrol vessels Cavour Deepak Diciotti-class offshore patrol vessels Durand de la Penne-class destroyers Etna Falaj 2-class patrol vessels Giuseppe Garibaldi Laksamana-class corvettes Maestrale-class frigates Minerva-class corvettes San Giorgio-class amphibious transport docks San Giusto Sauro-class submarines Scirè Shakti Toti-class submarines Villavisencio Vittorio Veneto

Cruise ships

Amsterdam Arcadia L'Austral Azura Le Boreal Britannia Caribbean Princess Carnival Breeze Carnival Conquest Carnival Dream Carnival Freedom Carnival Glory Carnival Liberty Carnival Magic Carnival Splendor Carnival Sunshine Carnival Triumph Carnival Valor Carnival Victory Carnival Vista Concordia-class cruise ships Costa Concordia Costa Deliziosa Costa Diadema Costa Fascinosa Costa Fortuna Costa Luminosa Costa Magica Costa neoClassica Costa neoRomantica Costa Pacifica Costa Serena Crown Princess Dawn Princess Destiny-class cruise ships Disney Magic Disney Wonder Emerald Princess Eurodam Fram Golden Princess Grand Princess Koningsdam Le Lyrial Maasdam Majestic Princess Marina Nieuw Amsterdam Noordam Oceana Oosterdam Pacific Aria Pacific Dawn Pacific Eden Pacific Jewel Queen Elizabeth Queen Victoria Regal Princess Riviera Rotterdam Royal Princess Royal-class cruise ships Ruby Princess Sea Princess Seabourn Encore MSC Seaside Seven Seas Explorer Silver Spirit Le Soléal Star Princess Sun Princess Sun-class cruise ships The Calypso Veendam Ventura Viking Sea Viking Sky Viking Star Vista-class cruise ships Volendam Westerdam Zaandam Zuiderdam

Ferries

al-Salam Boccaccio 98 Almudaina Dos Gotlandia II Knossos Palace Festos Palace Hellenic Wind MDV1200-class fast ferries Pride of Hull Pride of Rotterdam Star-class ferries Speedrunner III Speedrunner IV Superstar

Cargo ships

Britannia Seaways Cape Victory Cape Vincent

Yachts

Destriero Serene Victory

Miscellaneous vessels

Castoro Sei Karadeniz Powership İrem Sultan Petrobras 36 Sagar Nidhi Saipem 7000 Scarabeo 8

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Ships of the Cunard Line

Current fleet

2004  RMS Queen Mary 2 2007  MS Queen Victoria 2010  MS Queen Elizabeth

Former ships 1840–1994

   

 

1840  RMS Britannia 1856  RMS Persia 1865  SS Java 1862  RMS Scotia 1870  SS Abyssinia 1870  SS Parthia 1878  SS Aleppo 1881  SS Servia 1881  SS Catalonia 1882  RMS Aurania 1884  RMS Etruria 1884  RMS Umbria 1892  RMS Campania 1893  RMS Lucania 1898  SS Ultonia 1899  SS Ivernia 1899  RMS Saxonia 1903  RMS Carpathia 1904  RMS Slavonia 1905  RMS Carmania 1905  RMS Caronia 1907  RMS Lusitania 1907  RMS Mauretania 1910  RMS Franconia 1911  RMS Albania 1912  RMS Laconia 1913  RMS Alaunia 1913  RMS Aquitania

1914  SS Orduna 1918  SS Empire Barracuda 1920  RMS Lancastria 1920  RMS Samaria 1921  RMS Antonia 1921  RMS Ausonia 1921  RMS Andania 1921  RMS Scythia 1922  RMS Andania 1922  RMS Berengaria 1922  RMS Franconia 1922  RMS Laconia 1922  RMS Majestic 1923  RMS Ascania 1924  RMS Aurania 1924  SS Letitia 1925  RMS Carinthia 1927  SS Laurentic 1929  MV Britannic 1934  MV Georgic 1934  RMS Olympic 1936  RMS Queen Mary 1939  RMS Mauretania 1939  SS Pasteur 1939  MV Empire Audacity

1940  RMS Queen Elizabeth 1943  SS Empire Battleaxe 1943  SS Empire Broadsword 1943  SS Valacia 1945  MV Empire Ettrick 1947  RMS Media 1947  RMS Parthia 1949  RMS Caronia 1954  RMS Saxonia 1955  RMS Ivernia 1956  RMS Carinthia 1957  RMS Sylvania 1969   MS Queen Elizabeth
MS Queen Elizabeth
2 1971  MS Cunard Adventurer 1972  MS Cunard Ambassador 1975  MS Cunard Countess 1976  MS Cunard Princess 1980  SS Atlantic Conveyor 1983  MS Sagafjord 1983  MS Caronia 1994  MS Royal Viking Sun

 

Years indicate year of entry into Cunard service.

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Vista class
Vista class
cruise ships and derived designs

Original Vista class

Zuiderdam Oosterdam Westerdam Arcadia Noordam

Enlarged Vista class

Queen Victoria Queen Elizabeth

Signature class

Eurodam Nieuw Amsterdam

Hybrid Vista/Spirit class

Costa Luminosa Costa Deliziosa

Holland America Line P&O Cruises Cunard

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