Cunard's Queen Victoria Shines a Spotlight on Museum-Quality Art Collection

    Self-guided digital audio tour designed to captivate, educate and

    VALENCIA, Calif., Oct. 25 /CNW/ -- Queen Victoria was England's first
"modern" monarch -- the first queen to have a telephone, ride a train, be
photographed and host a World's Fair.  As Britain's longest reigning royal,
she led her country through the Industrial Revolution and into a peaceful
constitutional monarchy.  In celebration of the revered and influential
monarch, Cunard turned to a collection of accomplished contemporary British
artists to infuse its newest ocean liner, Queen Victoria, with the modern
point of view that came to characterize her reign.
    "Through this extraordinarily well-researched collection, we convey the
ambiance that guests expect on a liner named Queen Victoria -- a sense of
history and grandeur coupled with a more contemporary appreciation of modern
art by modern artists and artisans," said Carol Marlow, president of Cunard
    Assembling an art collection worthy of Cunard's newest ocean liner was "a
career highlight" for Amy Lucena, the art consultant who is managing the
acquisition of over five hundred pieces that will form the core of the ship's
nearly $2 million collection.  Showcasing primarily British artists, the
ship's collection runs the gamut, ranging from several featured pieces by
renowned artists and craftsmen to smaller but equally significant
installations.  The three etchings in the Queens Room (one by Queen Victoria,
one by Prince Albert and one by the two together) are among the ship's most
treasured works.  In hand-selecting every piece, Lucena was tasked with
choosing diverse and expressive works that showcase the line's rich British
    Queen Victoria Art Tour
    Recognizing just how rich and varied the ship's collection of art is,
Cunard will introduce a museum-style self-guided art tour at sea.  An
80-minute audio overview, the Queen Victoria Art Tour will trace a path past
25 of the ship's most significant works including portraits, sculpture,
vintage and contemporary ship models, murals and works in glass.  In addition,
the tour will feature video interviews with artists, some while at work on
their particular Queen Victoria pieces.  The audio tour will be available on
the new Apple Ipod Touch which guests can borrow from the Purser's Desk.
Highlights include:

    Grand Lobby -- Beautifully proportioned, the triple-height Grand Lobby
    exudes the character and ambiance of many Cunard ocean liners of the past,
    creating an immediate and unmistakable sense of grandeur and arrival.  The
    room's sweeping staircase, gently curved balconies and breathtaking
    statement piece by Scottish sculptor John McKenna afford a guest's first
    glimpse of the opulence onboard.  Executed in multiple mediums, the
    centerpiece of the Grand Staircase is a substantial work that captures
    Cunard's enduring legacy through an enchanting combination of rich,
    elegant marquetry by the foremost marquetry company in the U.K., Aryma
    Contemporary Marquetry, and a three dimensional sculpture in mixed media
    by McKenna.  The marquetry depicts a globe, sky, continents and sea in
    diverse shades of wood, forming an intricate and engaging background for
    McKenna's stunning portrait of Queen Victoria.  The work is a sister piece
    to McKenna's sculpture in the Grand Lobby aboard Queen Mary 2.

    Elsewhere in the Grand Lobby, there is a traditional maritime portrait of
    Queen Victoria at sea by noted maritime artist Robert Lloyd as well as
    Victorian and contemporary sculpted Cunard logos by Ian Brennan, the
    designated sculptor to Queen Elizabeth.

    Queens Room -- The life of Queen Victoria is reflected through a varied
    collection of works in the Queens Room, which features portraits of
    Victoria and Albert in octagon-shaped leaded glass panels by U.K.-based
    John Hardman & Company and elegant murals inspired by views from Queen
    Victoria's beloved Osbourne House by Clarissa Parish.  Also featured is a
    portrait of Queen Victoria, Albert and two of their dogs by Marcus Hodge,
    painted in an impressionist style.  Black and white photographs of Queen
    Victoria, Albert, their children and grandchildren round out this regal,
    yet welcoming room.  Of particular note are the circa 1840's etchings by
    Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of their dogs, Islay, Eos and Cairnach.

    Royal Arcade -- Perhaps nowhere is the marriage of contemporary and
    classic more evident than in the Royal Arcade.  Its focal point is a
    classically designed clock by Dent & Co., the clockmaker to HRH Queen
    Victoria, whose most famous work is London's Clock Tower at the Palace of
    Westminster ("Big Ben").  The clock housing is black with gold-leaf
    lettering and the backlit dials are opal acrylic with black Roman
    numerals.  Glass ceiling domes illuminate the room and both modern and old
    world views of London lead into this lovely arcade.

    Britannia Restaurant -- The ship's largest dining venue, Britannia was
    inspired by the dining car of the famed Golden Arrow that linked London to
    Paris.  Its Art Deco design influences are captured in bespoke artwork,
    wall sconces and a combination of authentic finishes that include polished
    wood and bronze mirror.   The room's focal point -- a visually arresting
    world globe by U.K. artist David Norris -- stands ten feet tall facing the
    restaurant's entrance.

    Library -- In the ship's two-story Library, a dramatic leaded glass
    ceiling by John Hardman & Company featuring elegant geometrical and
    classical patterns provides a dramatic counterpoint to the room's golden,
    green, and cream tones and rich mahogany cabinetry.

    Royal Court Theatre -- This dramatic venue pays a visual tribute to
    London's West End theatre district through a collection of Kevin
    Sazackerely murals throughout the theatre's interiors and exterior.

    Chart Room -- A favorite retreat aboard Cunarders for over a century, the
    Chart Room resonates with maritime history and innovation.  The room
    features large murals of Servia and Britannia by maritime artist Robert
    Lloyd and portraits of Olympic and Caronia by maritime artist Stephen
    Card, as well as sand-blasted maps with sea views and vitrines displaying
    ship models and other maritime artifacts and memorabilia.  These include
    items such as Cunard shipbuilding receipts, a 1930's Cunard sailor cap,
    and two sailor-made models of Queen Mary and Caronia, "The Green Goddess."

    Commodore Club -- Likewise, the Commodore Club features Cunarder porthole
    images by Robert Lloyd and modern ship models of Queen Elizabeth 2 and
    Cunard Countess encased in custom display cabinets.

    Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar -- This Art Deco-influenced space is
    highlighted by a mural by famed painter Barry Rowe, who is best known for
    his Art Deco portraits of automobiles.  Here, he depicts his
    interpretation of the Christening of Queen Mary.  The bar's exterior
    features a mural of the stunning Crystal Palace, which Prince Albert
    commissioned for the Great Exposition of the Works of Industry of all
    Nations in 1851.

    Cafe Carinthia -- Central to this room is maritime painter Stephen Card's
    commissioned portrait of Carinthia.  A series of London maps from a first
    edition copy of Charles Dickens' London Atlas is also featured.

    Empire Casino -- The casino ceiling features a trio of backlit leaded
    glass panels by John Hardman & Company.
    For more information about Cunard Line and Queen Victoria, contact your
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    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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