Cunard is a three-ship fleet, once more. The line’s new 2,068-passenger Queen Elizabeth, which was christened in Southampton, England, last month, is a sister ship to Queen Victoria, but does include some subtle differences, such as décor that is a bit more toned down and a Lido Café that has added sophistication.
The ship has nine different types of staterooms and suites, including Queens Grill Suites, Princess Grill Suites and Grand Suites. We checked out one of the Grand Suites, the Rostron Suite, No. 7150, which is a Q1 grade suite. Named after Commodore Sir Arthur Rostron, one of six Cunard Commodores who have been knighted, the suite is on Deck 7, in a secluded aft position. Top Touches: The suite has an expansive entryway, a spacious verandah, large living area and dining room, full marble bathroom with separate shower and soaking tub and ample desk and storage space. We love the suite’s soothing color palette (think cream, tan and other light tones).
Top Table: Dining is always a calling card of Cunard, for both the food and the ambiance. The Queens Grill is the epitome of this (we hear one dish, the Thai-marinated grilled prawns, is not to be missed!). (Note: For a more casual vibe, check out the gastro-pub-styled Golden Lion Pub.) After dinner, a fine cognac and cigar are always a nice nightcap at Churchill’s or, if dancing is more to your liking, head for the Queens Room, the ship’s grand ballroom.
During the day, stroll the ship and check out the impressive artwork and memorabilia on display, or kick back and read a book in the stately library (think spiral staircase and leather sofas).
Following debut cruises in Europe and the Caribbean, Queen Elizabeth will embark on a 103-day World Cruise from Southampton on January 5.