Cunard has announced they will be entering Queen Victoria into dry dock for a $54 million refurbishment. The vessel will head to Palermo, Italy on May 5 for the one-month makeover, which will see the addition of 43 new Britannia Club staterooms with their own dedicated restaurant, a redesign of the liner’s Grand Suites and Penthouse Suites on deck 8, and a new Chart Room bar.
The refurbishments will usher the ship into a new chapter, while maintaining the history and elegance of Queen Victoria‘s art deco past. “For the first time on Queen Victoria, guests can enjoy an elevated experience with large, well-appointed balcony staterooms in prime locations and the new Britannia Club Restaurant will be the perfect setting for those who prefer a more intimate dining experience,” said Cunard Senior VP Simon Palethorpe.
The Cunard Grand Suites will be reconfigured to maximize space, and the Aquitania, Berengaria, Mauretania, and Laconia Suites will be about 133 square meters. Refreshed designs will include a new color scheme that features Cunard’s signature purple. They will also include floor-to-ceiling windows and doors, a separate room with TV, master bathroom with an ocean view, second bathroom with guest access, a walk-in closet, and a generously-sized balcony.
Guests will also be able to enjoy five new Penthouse Suites on deck 8 after which will feature floor-to-ceiling windows, defined living and sleeping spaces, and bathrooms with natural light. New color schemes will reflect Cunard’s signature jewel tones of deep red and geometric patterns.
Chart Room & New Menu
Cunard is also revealing a new Chart Room concept during this revitalization. It will be located on deck 2 off the Grand Lobby, where Café Carinthia is currently located. The Chart Room will feature illy coffee, Godiva chocolate treats, and light bites by day and dazzling cocktails by night.
A “gin and fizz” themed menu will also be introduced to the Midships Lounge, including a variety of wines, Proseccos, Cavas, and Champagne alongside premium spirits, all blended to create fresh cocktails with a modern twist.
More details on the refurbishment will be announced over the coming months.