Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall to Name Cunard's New Queen Victoria



    VALENCIA, Calif., Sept. 10 /CNW/ -- Cunard Line is delighted to announce
that Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall,
will attend a ceremony in Southampton on December 10, 2007, to mark the
introduction of Cunard's new 90,000-ton liner Queen Victoria.  At this
ceremony, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall will perform the naming
of the ship.
    This naming will be a milestone in both Cunard and British maritime
history, and will be a major event of worldwide interest, with over 2,000 VIP
guests from around the globe in attendance at the prestigious ceremony.
    "This will be an historic occasion.  We are most honoured that Their
Royal Highnesses have accepted our invitation and that Her Royal Highness will
name our newest Cunarder," said Carol Marlow, president of Cunard Line. 
"Every one of our Cunard Queens has been named by a member of the Royal Family
and we are therefore delighted that Queen Victoria will follow in that
tradition.  In addition, this particular ceremony will mark the beginning of a
new era, as it will be the first time in our 168-year history that we will
have three Cunard Queens in service at the same time," added Marlow.
    Queen Victoria will not only be a classic Cunard ocean liner, offering
the very best of Cunard heritage and traditions, but will also be the second
largest Cunarder the company has ever built.  She will be in Southampton for
four days, during which time over 7,000 guests from around the world will
visit the ship.  She will depart on her Maiden Voyage on Tuesday December 11,
2007.
    
    About Cunard Line
    
    Cunard Line, operator of the luxury ocean liners Queen Mary 2 and QE2,
has long been synonymous with the quest for new discoveries and the epitome of
British refinement since the company's first paddle-wheeled steamer,
Britannia, crossed the Atlantic in 1840.  Cunard voyages bring together
like-minded travelers who relish the Cunard hallmarks of impeccable White Star
Service(SM), fine dining, sophisticated adventure, the legacy of historic
voyages and transatlantic travel.  Queen Victoria joins the fleet in December
2007.
    Cunard Line is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines.  The
exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line,
Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises and The Yachts of Seabourn.  Sharing a passion
to please each guest, and a commitment to quality and value, member lines
appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets.  Together they offer
exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable
destinations.




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

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