Cunard's New Queen Victoria Makes Maiden Call to Ft. Lauderdale

    Port Everglades Hosts Nautical Royal Rendezvous with QE2

    FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., Jan. 16 /CNW/ -- Queen Victoria, the newest luxury
liner in Cunard's celebrated fleet, made her maiden call to Ft. Lauderdale on
January 16, just three days after embarking on her Maiden World Cruise and
making an historic Royal Rendezvous in New York on Sunday with both
sister-ships Queen Mary 2 and QE2.  Queen Victoria has been sailing with QE2
since departing Southampton, England on January 6 making a tandem
Transatlantic Crossing together.  Queen Victoria was launched on December 10,
2007 by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall (Camilla Parker Bowles).  Joining Queen
Victoria at Port Everglades was Cunard's grand dame QE2, the world's most
famous ocean liner.  QE2 embarked on her 26th and final World Cruise and will
complete her service to the Cunard fleet in November 2008.
    About Queen Victoria
    The 90,000-ton Queen Victoria offers the very best of Cunard's heritage
and traditions, along with all modern day luxuries including some exciting
innovations.  These include the first traditional West End-style private
viewing 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
also features the line's celebrated Queens Grill and Princess Grill
accommodations and dining, further enhanced on Queen Victoria with exclusive
deck terraces and an al fresco dining option.
    From the outside, her distinctive black and red livery hints at the
sophistication that differentiates a Cunard liner.  This is 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 is also 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 marks the first time that three
Cunard Queens have been in service together in the company's 168-year history.
Queen Victoria joins the world's grandest liner, Queen Mary 2 and the world's
most famous and beloved liner, QE2.
    About Cunard Line
    Cunard Line, operator of the luxury ocean liners Queen Mary 2, QE2 and
Queen Victoria, 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.
    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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