From Afternoon Tea to Cocktails and Dining, Queen Victoria's Restaurants and Bars Showcase Cunard's Singular Grasp on Tradition and Innovation



    VALENCIA, Calif., Sept. 26 /CNW/ -- Whether guests are enjoying tea in
the Queens Room, sipping vintage champagne in the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar
or dining in the Art Deco-inspired elegance of the Britannia Restaurant,
Cunard's singular grasp on tradition and innovation is captured in Queen
Victoria's richly detailed dining and cocktail venues.
    "Aboard Queen Victoria, we are carrying on the grand Cunard tradition of
cocktails and dining as a much-anticipated event," said Carol Marlow,
president of Cunard Line.  "As our guests move through their day, they will
have a wide array of culinary and cocktail venue choices, ranging from the
Commodore Club, the Golden Lion Pub and the Queens Room to favorites like the
Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar and Todd English."
    Wherever guests find themselves, they will be assured an unparalleled
shipboard experience defined by sumptuous surroundings, fine dining and
Cunard's renowned White Star Service SM.  "When she launches this December,
Queen Victoria will carry on a tradition that began nearly 170 years ago,
affording the world's most discerning travelers with experiences that are
unmatched on land or sea," added Marlow.
    Overseeing Queen Victoria's extensive dining and cocktail venues will be
renowned Executive Chef of Queen Mary 2, Jean-Marie Zimmerman, who will
continue his duties aboard the company's flagship while supervising Queen
Victoria's culinary programme.
    
    Afternoon Tea in the Queens Room - A Cunard Signature
    
    Cunard's formal ballroom, the Queens Room on Decks Two and Three, is the
setting for one of the Line's most civilized customs: traditional afternoon
tea served by white-gloved waiters.  A variety of musicians, including a
harpist and string quartet, will perform in the Queens Room on a rotating
basis.  Reminiscent of a grand ballroom in a large country house, the dramatic
double-height space features gleaming crystal chandeliers and specially
commissioned murals and intricate leaded glass by British artists.  The
Queen's Room accommodates up to 275.
    
    Distinctive Venues for Cocktails and Conversation
    
    Vintage champagne at the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar and classic English
ale at the Golden Lion Pub are just two of the experiences that await Queen
Victoria guests in the ship's dozen or so bars and lounges.  Featuring
sweeping views over the ship's bow, the Commodore Club on Deck 10 captures the
essence of Old World liner elegance.  Showcasing murals of past Cunard liners
in custom porthole displays, as well as two intricate ship models at the
entrance, the room's nautical atmosphere is further highlighted by wood inlaid
flooring with a compass design.  Cozy gathering areas with leather sofas and
club chairs encourage guests to become intimate with the club's extensive
martini menu.  Cunard's customary attention to detail is evident in even the
smallest but essential points, including martinis shaken tableside and served
with a selection of stuffed olives.  Hot and cold canapes are served while
live music plays in the background from late afternoon through early evening,
making the club an ideal retreat for cocktails with an ocean view.    The
Commodore Club seats 122.
    A nautical atmosphere also infuses the 77-seat Chart Room on Deck Two.
This cozy room features sand-blasted maps with sea views, glass vitrines
displaying ship models and maritime artifacts, and perhaps the most dramatic
element of all: two striking oil painting portraits by noted maritime artist
Robert Lloyd of the iconic Britannia (first Cunard ship) and Servia (first
steel Cunard ship).  A Cunard tradition, the Chart Room offers a full bar menu
and extensive selection of single malt and blended scotch.  Live piano music
and jazz sessions on selected evenings make it a lively choice for maritime
buffs.
    Named for a former Cunard ship, Cafe Carinthia on Deck Two mirrors the
style and sophistication of a traditional French patisserie.  An elegant space
highlighted by Art Deco elements in shades of gold, blue and rich bronze, the
cafe is poised to be a guest favorite from early morning until well past sun
down.  Fresh baked croissants, Danish, muffins and a wide selection of coffees
(including cappuccinos, espressos and lattes) and premium Wedgwood teas are
served.  At lunchtime, the cafe is an ideal spot for freshly prepared
sandwiches and late afternoon sugar cravings are satisfied with one of the
cafe's tortes and gateaux.  The 59-seat cafe also has a full bar.
    A 1920's Art Deco atmosphere fills the jewel-box Veuve Clicquot Champagne
Bar on Deck Two overlooking the Grand Lobby.  An elegant space sparkling with
golden glass elements, the bar serves Veuve Clicquot Champagne exclusively,
alongside a selection of premium hors d'oeuvres such as smoked salmon and
smoked Barbarie duck.  The bar's design elements in shades of gold, brown and
blue form a subtle backdrop for sandblasted art deco glass "showcase" panels
with inset boxes featuring a variety of champagnes.  The bar accommodates 34
guests.
    For those who appreciate British customs and Old World rituals, the
Golden Lion Pub and Churchill's Cigar Lounge represent the epitome of
tradition.  The 116-seat Golden Lion Pub replicates a traditional English pub
right down to its tabletop blackboard menus advertising the day's pub fare,
including fish and chips and Shepherd's Pie.  Guests enjoy a wide selection of
ales and can keep current on the latest news and sports on plasma screen
televisions in Cunard's signature pub.  A quiet colonial ambiance defines the
11-seat Churchill's, a wood-paneled cigar lounge adjacent to the Commodore
Club on Deck 10 where a vast selection of cigars and an array of Armagnac,
Cognac, Port, Madeira and Scotch set a refined and elegant tone.
    
    Style and Service Define the Britannia Restaurant
    
    The ship's largest dining venue, the Britannia Restaurant is a strikingly
elegant space featuring a soaring double-height ceiling offset by cornices and
intimate groupings of tables that belie the room's magnificent size.  Inspired
by the dining car of the famed Golden Arrow that linked London to Paris, the
restaurant's Art Deco design influences are captured in its original artwork,
wall sconces and a combination of authentic finishes that include polished
wood, bronze mirror and gold leaf.  The room's focal point -- a visually
arresting illuminated world globe -- stands 10 feet tall, a sizable yet subtle
reference to Cunard's rich history plying the world's oceans.
    Located on Decks Two and Three, Britannia accommodates guests in
staterooms A1 - A7, C1 - C5 and D1 - D8.  The restaurant's extensive menu is
offered during two fixed-seating dinners, as well as breakfast and lunch.
Dedicated sommeliers present full wine lists and bar service and a string
quartet or harpist performs during each first hour of dining.  The room's
upper and lower levels accommodate 878 guests.
    
    Todd English Restaurant
    
    Building on the success of the Todd English Restaurant aboard Queen Mary
2, Queen Victoria will also boast one of the celebrated chef's eponymous
restaurants.  An intimate and stylish alternative to guests' primary
experience in one of the ship's main dining rooms, Todd English affords Queen
Victoria guests an opportunity to experience the cuisine of one of America's
leading chefs in a setting of refined elegance.  Waterford crystal, Wedgwood
china, Gainsborough silverware and Hepp cutlery add the finishing touches to
what will be one of the ship's most sought-after fine dining experiences.
    The restaurant will serve the renowned celebrity chef's signature nouveau
Mediterranean cuisine including such popular dishes as lobster and corn
chowder, truffled potato "Love Letters," ricotta gnocchi and seared sea bass.
A full bar and wine service by dedicated sommeliers is offered.  Seating 87,
the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner at a nominal surcharge ($20 for
lunch and $30 for dinner, per person).
    
    Lido Cafe, A World of Selections Always Available
    
    The ship's innovation and tradition come together in the Lido Cafe, a
casual, bright and airy eatery reminiscent of the iconic QE2.  Set against a
backdrop of vintage black and white Cunard imagery, the decor creates a
sophisticated setting for guests to enjoy a wide selection of buffet stations
for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  In the evening, the Cafe elevates the
daytime Lido dining experience with the introduction of two bistro-style
dining venues with reserved seating that will transform areas of the cafe into
authentic dining from around the world.  Depending on voyage length, these
experiential culinary "journeys" will include fondues from around the world --
featuring classic Swiss cheese and Bavarian Beer fondues, as well as newer
fondues such as firepots, broth and Chinoise fondues; Indian cuisine --
including a selection of curries, naan bread and parathas, Asian Fusion fare
and Italian.  The Lido Cafe seats 468 guests and is open 24 hours a day.
    
    The Grills - The Apex of Dining at Sea
    
    Nowhere is Cunard's preeminence more evident than in the storied Queens
Grill and Princess Grill, the pair of exclusive dining rooms and their
corresponding Grill-category accommodations.  Located on Deck 11, the Grills
share the concierge-staffed Grills Lounge, as well as the exquisite Grills
courtyard for al fresco dining and afternoon tea and exclusive Grills Upper
Terrace (on Deck 12).  Accessed only by private elevator with key card, the
Grills offer single-seating dining that rival the finest restaurants in the
world.
    For more information about Cunard Line and Queen Victoria, contact your
travel professional, call 1-800-7-CUNARD or go to http://www.cunard.com.




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For further information: Jackie Chase, +1-661-753-1035, 
jchase@cunard.com, or Brian O'Connor, +1-661-753-1060,  boconnor@cunard.com,
both of Cunard Line; or Maria Andriano,  andriano@redpointpr.com, Cindy Adams,
adams@redpointpr.com, both of  Redpoint Marketing PR, +1-212-229-0119, for
Cunard Line Web Site: http://www.cunard.com

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