Next January, Cunard will kill two birds with one stone when it withdraws the the 92,000 ton, 2007 built Queen Victoria from service. In a dry docking that has been brought forward by almost a full year, the line will make repairs to a bearing on an Azipod propulsion unit.
As a result of the new schedule, two cruises have been cancelled; a twelve night, Canary Islands cruises and a subsequent, five night European Cities voyage. Cancelled passengers are being offered the option of a hundred pound on board credit if they subsequently book any cruise within the next two years, while those choosing total cancellation will be given a full refund.
But the big news is that the Queen Victoria will also have nine new, single cabins built into the ship, in part of the space currently occupied by the casino. This will bring her into line with her younger sibling, the Art Deco flavoured Queen Elizabeth, which had a similar block of single cabins installed recently.
That leaves only the company flagship, Queen Mary 2, as a singles light vessel. The iconic vessel- the last true Atlantic liner- has thus far charged prohibitive single supplements on most voyages, typically in the region of 175 per cent.
While no retrospective addition of single cabins has yet been announced for the flagship, it does seem inevitable that the giant QM2 will follow her regal fleet mates at some stage with the installation of single cabins. And, being so much larger at over 150,000 tons, it is to be hoped that she might be able to embrace more than nine new cabins.
In addition to the Azipod repairs and the new single cabins, Queen Victoria will also undergo technical work, and a pair of new sun awnings will be fitted around the Grills Terrace and lido pool. All cabins will be enhanced with the addition of new, larger, flat screen televisions.
The work will be carried out by the Blohm and Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany.