Cunard Continues Tradition of British Heritage with Unique Sporting Pursuit Aboard Queen Victoria

    New Ship to Feature First Recreational Fencing at Sea, partnering with
    Paul Fencing Company, Supplier to Olympians

    VALENCIA, Calif., Nov. 21 /CNW/ -- In a move that underscores Cunard's
tradition of British heritage and ongoing attention to historical detail, the
Line will introduce the sport of fencing -- a favorite pastime of Prince
Albert, husband and consort of Her Majesty Queen Victoria -- aboard its newest
ocean liner, Queen Victoria, when she enters service on December 10, 2007.  To
craft the programme, which is another cruise industry first, Cunard turned to
Leon Paul Fencing Equipment, the British company whose name has been
synonymous with fencing for nearly a century.  Run by and for competitive
fencers, members of the Leon Paul family have competed in 20 Olympic Games and
30 World Championships, winning 25 national titles.
    "Much like the award-winning enrichment programmes aboard our ships, the
sports and recreation programme is designed to provide unique and stimulating
guest experiences.  The addition of fencing, which relies on keen strategic
thinking, does just that," said Carol Marlow, president of Cunard Line.
    "Fencing is often described as physical chess," said Ben Paul, the
fourth-generation president of Leon Paul.  "It's tactically challenging while
also providing great exercise.  We are delighted to use our knowledge of the
sport to provide Queen Victoria guests with an authentic fencing experience
using the same state-of-the-art equipment selected by competitive fencers."
    Cunard guests will have an opportunity to learn fencing basics or
fine-tune their fencing skills with a fully certified instructor using
equipment identical to that used by world champions.  The fencing programme
can accommodate up to 10 aspiring or accomplished fencers at a time for foil
fencing, the preferred method for elementary fencing classes due to the
flexible and lightweight blade and blunted tip.  Fencing instruction for
guests aged 16 and up will be provided daily by a fully certified fencing
    Other recreational activities include paddle tennis, shuffle board,
chess, deck quoits (the maritime version of horse shoes), ping pong and golf
in two golf nets.
    For more information about Cunard Line and Queen Victoria, contact your
travel professional, call 1-800-7-CUNARD or go to
    About Queen Victoria
    The 90,000-ton Queen Victoria will offer the very best of the heritage
and traditions of Cunard Line, along with all modern day luxuries including
some exciting innovations.  These will include the first traditional West
End-style private boxes at sea in the Royal Court Theatre, the first Cunardia
museum exhibit at sea, housing Cunard artifacts and memorabilia along with the
first two-storey library at sea featuring an elegant spiral staircase.  The
ship will also feature the line's celebrated Queens Grill and Princess Grill
accommodations and dining, further enhanced on Queen Victoria with an
exclusive deck terrace and an al fresco dining option.
    From the outside, her distinctive black and red livery will hint at the
sophistication that differentiates a Cunard liner.  This will be most evident
in the ship's adherence to liner traditions of the past, with elegant public
rooms, many on a grand scale, featuring rich wood paneling, intricate mosaics
and gleaming chandeliers.  There will also be a grand, colonial-style
conservatory complete with a retractable glass roof.
    As well as being the second largest Cunarder ever built, Queen Victoria's
arrival is particularly noteworthy as it will mark the first time that three
Cunard Queens have been in service together in the company's 168-year history
(she joins the world's grandest liner, Queen Mary 2 and the world's most
famous and best-loved liner, QE2).
    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(TM), fine dining, sophisticated adventure, the legacy of historic
voyages and transatlantic travel.  Queen Victoria joins the fleet in December
    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

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