The Grills' More Secluded Location and Updated Luxuries Afford More
and Privilege aboard Queen Victoria
VALENCIA, Calif., Aug. 22 /CNW/ -- A butler to unpack luggage, champagne
served in Waterford glasses, fresh orchids and personalized stationery --
these are among the hallmarks of the Cunard Grills. An exclusive world
virtually unknown to all but the most seasoned and sophisticated travelers,
the Cunard Grills represent the pinnacle of seagoing service, luxurious
accommodations and comfort. Now, in the grand Cunard tradition, Queen
Victoria is poised to put her own stamp on the Cunard Grills, affording
travelers the opportunity to experience the storied Golden Age of Ocean Travel
in the same memorable way that royalty, heads of state and celebrities have
done for generations.
When she enters service in December 2007, Queen Victoria will usher in a
new era of Cunard innovation while showcasing the distinctive features that
make a Cunard vessel the world standard-bearer. Nowhere is this more evident
than in the renowned 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 private Grills Lounge, as
well as the exquisite Grills Courtyard for al fresco dining and afternoon tea,
and exclusive Grills Upper Terrace (on Deck 12), where White Star(SM) staff
will provide cool towels, Evian spritzes, fresh fruit, sorbets and tea
sandwiches to sun-seeking guests.
Among the Grills' most distinguishing features is its more private
location. Access is by private elevator and the Grills themselves are
enclosed by gently curving panoramic glass walls on the seaboard side and
cantilevered above Deck 10 over the side of the ship.
"Aboard our newest ship, we are taking our historic Cunard Grills
experience to the next level," said Carol Marlow, president of Cunard Line.
"Whether a traveler seeks a once-in-a-lifetime adventure steeped in luxury or
is a longtime guest who has become accustomed to our Cunard ways, the
experience aboard Queen Victoria will 'wow' them with its range of services,
amenities and anticipatory White Star(SM) Service."
Distinguished Grill Dining
Within the Queens Grill and Princess Grill, guests enjoy plush ambiance
and single-seating dining that rival the finest restaurants in the world.
Cunard has long been regarded as a culinary leader and nowhere is its
supremacy more apparent than in the Grills.
A combination of art deco and classic design distinguish the exclusive
132-seat Princess Grill and 142-seat Queens Grill restaurants. With a color
palette of cream, gold and blue in the Queens Grill and gold, green and coral
in the Princess Grill, the overall Grills aesthetic is an exquisite balance of
rich wood-paneled walls in muted shades of cream and brown, bronze mirrors,
and pale cream-colored ceilings, accented with faux gold paneled moldings
around backlit coves. During the day, the entire length of the dining rooms
is illuminated with natural light emanating from floor-to-ceiling windows,
creating spectacular views of the seas below. At night, the rooms take on a
dramatic ethereal quality bathed with soft lighting from decorative glass
up-lights creating a golden glow around the room. The finest Wedgwood bone
china, Waterford crystal, sterling silverware and Fili d'Oro Italian premium
linens complete the scene, creating an elegant and timeless atmosphere.
The Grills offer extensive menus dedicated to the day's diverse
specialties and much loved a la carte favorites such as Lobster Thermidor,
Dover sole, and Chateaubriand. In the Queens Grill, the menu functions merely
as a guide because, in grand Cunard tradition, the staff takes pleasure in
accommodating any request, on or off the menu, if available.
There is a special atmosphere every evening within the Grills, where
nights begin in the exclusive of the Grills Lounge with pre-dinner cocktails
and canapes striking just the right relaxing note. Overseeing everything from
tableside flambe to the smooth operation of each Grill is a dedicated senior
maitre d'hotel and sommelier who offers expertise and access to the ship's
Grill guests who prefer to dine in the fresh sea air may book a table on
the Grills Courtyard, an intimate Tuscan-inspired space featuring seating for
40 on a first-come, first-served basis. The Courtyard also offers pre- and
post-dinner cocktails and afternoon tea. In addition, Grill guests may
arrange private cocktail parties and special occasion dinners for small groups
in the Courtyard.
In the Grills Lounge, guests enjoy traditional afternoon tea, full bar
service, pre- and post-dinner cocktails and drinks with petite after-dessert
offerings accompanied by live entertainment.
Luxe Accommodations Blend Innovation and Tradition
Nothing at sea compares to Queens Grill accommodations. The ultimate in
luxury, these Q1 - Q7 stateroom suites aboard Queen Victoria feature butler
service with butlers who have been trained to the exacting standards of the
International Guild of Professional Butlers. These ever-efficient butlers
stand ready to assist with unpacking and packing (using tissue paper between
folds to ensure a flawless finish), uncork the requisite bottle of French
Champagne on departure and serve en-suite canapes every evening, among their
Beautifully decorated in light woods and neutral shades of beige accented
by nautically-inspired artwork, the Queens Grill accommodations include Grand
and Master Suites, Penthouses and Queens Suites. They range in size from 508-
to 2,121-square feet and each features a sofa and a generously-sized balcony.
In addition, Grand Suites include a large dining table.
Other singular services and amenities of Queens Grill suites include
fresh flower arrangements, fruit baskets and bottled water replenished daily,
personalized Cunard stationery, turndown service with Sweet Dreams chocolate
surprise on formal nights, bath salts, a manicure kit, umbrella and
binoculars. The grandest Queens Grill accommodations (Q1 - Q4) take luxury to
the next level with in-room DVD players and library of films, and priority
Likewise, Princess Grill accommodations promise a peerless experience.
The P1 - P4 stateroom suites aboard Queen Victoria range in size from 335- to
513-square feet and feature spacious private balconies, beautifully decorated
living areas, two beds that can covert to a Queen bed and a bath with shower.
Upon embarkation, Princess Grill guests enjoy a bon voyage bottle of sparkling
wine and sugar-iced strawberries, as well as a fresh fruit basket and fresh
orchid in stateroom.
Queens or Princess Grill accommodations provide a range of perks and
privileges, including single-seating dining in their respective dining room or
en-suite; access to the private Grills concierge and Queens Grill Lounge and
Terrace; priority embarkation and luggage delivery with separate Grill
check-in, Fili d'Oro fine linens, duvet and pillow concierge, flat screen TVs,
whirlpool bathtubs, daily abridged newspaper, shoe shine service, terry cloth
bathroom and slippers, and selection of fine bath amenities.
The 90,000-ton Queen Victoria will offer the very best of Cunard's
heritage and traditions, along with all modern day luxuries including some
exciting innovations. These will include the first 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.
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 liner, QE2).
For more information and to reserve your Cunard Grills experience,
consult your travel professional or call 1.800.7CUNARD. Learn more online at
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
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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