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Journeys : April May 2009
Ships we’ve seen Long live our noble Queen Rosemary Ravani and Christine Benbow T he latest edition to Cunard’s fleet, Queen Victoria combines timeless British traditions with contemporary amenities. She is very popular with all nationalities, although the currency used on board is US dollars. With 990 staterooms, 71% of which have private balconies, this magnificent ship can accommodate 2000 guests. Among her many facilities she has eight dining areas, two pools, a retractable-roof sundeck and a well-stocked library. There are just so many things to do – or you can just relax in the sun, enjoy the spas or have a massage. For families there is the Kids Zone where children from one-year old to teenagers can enjoy their holiday under the watchful eye of trained staff from 7am to midnight. I’m sure that many parents would also like to chill out in the teenage area, which is jam-packed with computer games and flat screen televisions. All cruise ships offer a variety of activities on board and Queen Victoria is no exception, offering something for everyone, with unique options such as watercolour classes, fencing classes and the only theatre at sea, the Royal Court Theatre, with seats for more than 800 people and even boxed seating for a small surcharge. The public areas on Queen Victoria are a delight. There is a lovely use of natural colours throughout – gleaming chandeliers and the extensive use of timber and marble combine to create a feeling of warmth and space. No matter how many people are on board, there is never the sense of being just one of many. The quality and variety of eateries on the Queen Victoria means that it will always be difficult to decide where you should dine. In the formal dining rooms a jacket and open shirt is required for the men and for ladies the ever-popular black pants and variety of tops will be quite adequate. However if you don’t feel like dressing up there are several other restaurants you can enjoy, some for a small surcharge. Cabin types vary from inside to outside cabins to balcony cabins to suites. All are well-appointed and thoughtfully- furnished, with seating as well as the sleeping area. Balcony cabins will always offer a bit more living space. Should you decide to go for the upper end of accommodation you can enjoy the intimacy of private courtyard dining, private sun deck area and concierge lounge, unique to your cabin types. For a truly memorable cruise, Queen Victoria offers you everything you could desire. Itineraries vary from round-the- world voyages to shorter-duration Mediterranean and Baltic cruises. Like to know more? Please contact your local RACT Travelworld consultant and pick up your copy of the Cunard Cruise brochure soon. Rosemary Rosemary has worked in the travel business for many years – she enjoys consulting with loyal clients who book with her from year to year. She can’t pin down one favourite destination – each has its own appeal – but Eastern Europe impresses, particularly the city of Budapest; and she also loves China and Japan. Contact Rosemary at RACT Travelworld in Launceston on 6232 5651. Christine Christine Benbow has worked in the travel industry for 23 years, 18 of them with RACT. She has cruised and travelled extensively throughout Europe and Asia along with Canada, New Zealand, Turkey and the South Pacific. Turkey and Canada are her favourite destinations. You can contact her at RACT Kingston on 6232 6501. April / May 09 47
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