• Passengers booked
    220000+
  • Length: 964ft
  • Beam: 106.00ft
  • Cruising speed: 22kn
  • Casino : 1
  • Library: 2-tier
  • Passenger Capacity: 2,081
  • Vessel: 2
  • 24 Hour Room Service
  • Art Gallery
  • In Cabin Safe
  • Kids Area
  • Royal Arcade
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  • Year: 2010
  • Draft: 25.90ft
  • Bars/Lounges: 10
  • Gym: 1
  • Onboard Currency: U.S. Dollar
  • Royal Court Theatre: 3-tier
  • Whirpool : 4
  • All Main Meals Included
  • Games Deck
  • Internet Service
  • Live Music
  • Spa
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  • Length: 964ft
  • Beam: 106.00ft
  • Cruising speed: 22kn
  • Casino : 1
  • Library: 2-tier
  • Passenger Capacity: 2,081
  • Vessel: 2
  • 24 Hour Room Service
  • Art Gallery
  • In Cabin Safe
  • Kids Area
  • Royal Arcade
+ show more
  • Year: 2010
  • Draft: 25.90ft
  • Bars/Lounges: 10
  • Gym: 1
  • Onboard Currency: U.S. Dollar
  • Royal Court Theatre: 3-tier
  • Whirpool : 4
  • All Main Meals Included
  • Games Deck
  • Internet Service
  • Live Music
  • Spa
+ show more
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Cunard Queen Elizabeth Overview

One of three magnificent vessels in the Cunard fleet, the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship continues the line's strong association with the British royal family. Named by Her Majesty herself in 2010, the Queen Elizabeth is steeped in tradition, from the interior decor to the cuisine. She shares many similarities with her sister ship, the Queen Victoria, which was launched in 2007.


The Queen Elizabeth specs

Weighing in at 90,900 tonnes, measuring 965 feet in length and spanning 12 decks, the Queen Elizabeth is a comfortable, mid-sized vessel. She can accommodate a maximum of 2,068 passengers, as well as 996 crew. Her cruise speed is 23.7 knots.


Inside the Queen Elizabeth

Much of the ship's interiors are inspired by famous attractions in London. For example, the delightful Garden Lounge is reminiscent of Kew Gardens, while the shopping hub draws inspiration from Burlington Arcade. The Queen Elizabeth also celebrates Cunard's association with the British Royal Family, with memorabilia and photos decorating many of the public spaces.

The design is elegant and contemporary, with a strong focus on quality. Italian marble has been used extensively and is complemented by polished wood finishings. There are some Art-Deco displays, which helps to add a splash of modernity to this traditional vessel.


Things to do on board the Queen Elizabeth

The activities on the Queen Elizabeth are extremely well-organised and well-presented. Every evening, the helpful staff will deliver a daily programme to your room outlining all the events planned for the day ahead. The ship's entertainment director also hosts a morning TV show, featuring interviews with various entertainment staff; you can tune in on channel 22 on your stateroom television.

The Cunard Line has an excellent enrichment programme, so you can expect a wide variety of informative seminars to choose from. Several of the daytime activities hark back to more traditional cruising days; think old-fashioned lawn balls and white-gloved afternoon teas. Make sure you pack your best outfits for the evening. Formal dress code starts at 6pm and there are a range of elegant activities to choose from, such as ballroom dancing and a night out at the theatre.


Queen Elizabeth restaurants and bars

The dining venues on board are in line with the ship's sophisticated, elegant atmosphere. The main two dining rooms are the Britannia Restaurant and the Lido Buffet. There is one specialty restaurant, the Verandah, which serves contemporary French cuisine. If you are staying in a Queens Grill or a Princess Grill suite, then you have the option of eating at exclusive restaurants of the same name.

The elegance only increases as the evening progresses. Come nighttime, you have a choice of several lovely bars and lounges, most of which are home to live music. The selection of wine, beer and premium spirits on board is nothing short of excellent, and there are also great non-alcoholic beverage packages for purchase.


Queen Elizabeth itineraries and shore excursions

The majority of the Queen Elizabeth's itineraries begin in Southampton and travel to destinations in Europe. However, the ship goes on one world cruise per year, which takes her to ports such as Cape Town, Sydney and Hong Kong. The shore excursions available will therefore depend on your chosen destination.

The Cunard line grades tours by the amount of physical exertion required, to ensure there are excursions to suit all ages and activity levels. Some examples include a walking tour in Lisbon, a canal cruise in Copenhagen and a visit to the St Isaac's Cathedral in St Petersburg. It is always a good idea to book your shore excursions when you purchase your ticket, but if you require assistance on board, then the friendly team at the Tours Office is more than happy to help.



Cabins on board the Queen Elizabeth


The ship has a total of 1,046 cabins, the majority of which are located on the outside of the vessel, meaning most guests can enjoy sea views. Cabins range from 152 to 352 square feet and are all equipped with basic amenities such as mini-bars, hair dryers and flat screen televisions.

For those looking for a little more space and luxury, there are four grades of suites to choose from. Starting with the smallest, the Princess Grill suites are between 335 and 345 square feet and have large bathtubs. The next grade up is the Queen's Grill suites, which are between 595 and 671 square feet in size and are in premium locations, offering better views and more balcony space. There are also some Queen's Grill Penthouses, which are larger and in even better locations.

At the very top end of the scale are the Grand Suites (1,375 square feet) and the Master Suites (1,493 square feet). These large, spacious rooms are so luxurious you'll be tempted to make the most of room service and dine-in!



Queen Elizabeth Food and Dining


Dining included in your Queen Elizabeth ticket:

  • The Britannia Restaurant
  • The Britannia Club
  • The Lido Buffet (small cover charge for dinner)
  • Cafe Carinthia
  • The Golden Lion Pub
  • Room service


Specialty dining (not included in your fare):

  • The Verandah
  • Queens Grill
  • Princess Grill



Entertainment on board the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship

The Queen Elizabeth by day

Daytime entertainment on board the Queen Elizabeth is usually centred around enrichment seminars, outdoor games or afternoon tea. The Games Deck is home to traditional games such as croquet, paddle tennis and bowls. There is plenty of shade in this area, making it enjoyable even on very hot, sunny days.

There are two excellent afternoon teas to choose from. There is a complementary, white-gloved service in the Queen's Room every afternoon, and once or twice a week a champagne afternoon tea in the Garden Lounge.

Continuing with the British theme, guests may also want to pick up a souvenir from the Royal Arcade. The boutique shops stock brands such as Anya Hindmarch, Harris Tweed and Fortnum and Mason. There is almost always live entertainment in this area, too, so it's a great place to unwind with a coffee and people-watch.


Pools, spas and fitness facilities on board the Queen Elizabeth

There are two pools on board the Queen Elizabeth; the Pavilion Pool and the Lido Pool. Both are located on Deck 9 and have jacuzzis, a bar and plenty space for sunbathing.

For a real treat, the Royal Spa offers an award-winning Elemis spa-therapy menu, with a wide range of relaxing treatments to choose from. Here you will also find the Royal Bath House for thermal heat therapy, and a Wellness Centre, which runs informative seminars.

If keeping fit is important to you during your cruise, the fitness centre is well-stocked with the latest cardio machines, free weights and sports equipment, and also runs several group classes. Alternatively, many of the other activities on board also double as exercise, such as fencing, ballroom, dancing and croquet.


Queen Elizabeth nightlife

The nightlife on the Queen Elizabeth tends to revolve around dancing, most of which happens in the Queen's Room where there is an excellent, purpose-built wooden floor. While there is dancing here every evening, this room really comes to life on designated formal nights (usually at least two per cruise). The 'Royal Balls' always draw a great crowd and are an excellent opportunity to dress to impress.

Another popular nighttime venue is the Royal Court Theatre, which puts on excellent shows by Royal Cunard Company dancers and performers. Private boxes are available for those who want to make a special night out of it.

Alternatively, you can take your pick from one of the ship's many bars and lounges, all of which usually have some form of live music, or try your luck at the Empire Casino. The Yacht Club has a live band and DJ and is open late, perfect for those who want to continue the party long after the last dance in the Queen's Room.


Queen Elizabeth for families

The Queen Elizabeth is a family-friendly cruise ship, with many fun activities to keep your little ones entertained day and night. On Deck 10 is the children's playroom, as well as a teen hangout which has all of the latest computer and video games.

Children are divided into groups depending on their age; The Playzone is for 6 month to 7 year olds (please note children under 2 will need to be supervised by an adult), the Kid's Zone is for 8 to 12 year olds and the Teen Zone for 13 to 17 year olds.

Group babysitting is available for children aged 2 and older. This is in the Playzone during the day and the nursery during the evenings. This service is currently free of charge. 

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