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Iain Stuart Yardley

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Queen's Grill restaurant
 
Michael H. Standart

Michael H. Standart

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Great photos, Iain. I'll be looking forward to more if you have them.
 
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Iain Stuart Yardley

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Caldera (is that how you spell it?)
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Gym - won't be seeing much of that
 
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Joe Russo

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Very beautiful interiors. She seems more ornate than the QM2. The pictures of the Queen's Grill and the Staircase remind me of the Olympic Class ships.
 
Michael H. Standart

Michael H. Standart

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From Cruise Critic:

Day 1: Thursday, Embarkation and First Impressions
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When I booked the maiden voyage of Queen Victoria more than four years ago, I didn't know what the length of the voyage would be or the ports that would be visited. (I also didn't know how much it would cost.) Cunard chose to showcase its new ship with a Christmas markets cruise, visiting northern capitals before the holiday.
Story at http://www.cruisecritic.com/virtual/virtual.cfm?ID=28
 
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Barbara Personett

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Those posted interior shots are captivating. My dream is to someday cruise on the Cunard line. Pleased to notice Cunard reflecting back to the older more traditional elegance.
 
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Steve Olguin

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Wow, that grand lobby really takes my breath away. I think it gives the ship a unique feel. I think they should have modeled the Britannia Restaurant a bit more after the one on the QM2, as a lot of the decor IMO looks like something a bit out of the early 1990's. All of that carved glass railing in the upper decks looks unnecessary. Too many different design schemes, which I think clash. Other public rooms look like they had a good idea going, but the details are lackluster. I think a lot of that very light wood used throughout her accommodations gives those spaces a rather outdated look, rather than neo-traditional as the rest of her spaces.

Overall, quite impressive. I don't think the detail and work went into these interiors as was with the QM2, but it is definitely a step above most other ships at sea.
 
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Joe Russo

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I agree with you on that one Steve. Of all of the rooms on the virtual tour, I thought the Britannia Restaurant was the least impressive. It seems very Celebrity Cruises to me. A little too glitzy for what is going on with the rest of the ship. Besides the Edwardian feel of the grand lobby's "woodwork" AKA laminate work (check out the shape of the window frames and compare them to the promenade deck of the Olympic Class), the thing that was pleasing to me was the mural of the Queen Mary in the champagne bar which reminds me of the observation bar still on the QM. Did anyone else catch these?
 
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Steve Olguin

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Joe,
I too noticed the mural of the Queen Mary in the Champange Bar, which I thought was the best feature of that space. I am just not digging a lot of the color choices used throughout, as well as a lot of draperies and textiles. The Grill Lounge looks very blank and similar to some of the Long Beach era rooms aboard the Queen Mary. I think the Winter Garden is a step-up from the one on the QM2, but I was hoping for more plants and landscaping.
I would be interested in seeing the best of both these new Queens incorporated into the new Queen Elizabeth. I think perhaps they should shy away from some of the more modern aspects and go a bit more traditional. I think with all the recent advancements in creating faux woodwork, we could see public rooms like what we saw on Aquitania, Lusitania and Berengaria. If only I could get a job with Cunard's design dept.
 
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Iain Stuart Yardley

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I agree with your comments about the Britannia Restaurant, especially with the frosted glass on the upper level, which I think is entirely unnecessary. It would feel a lot more spacious and elegant if you were seated upstairs and could look down on the lower level. It's one of the very few points where the QM2 has the edge over the QV. The Britannia on the QM2 is quite spectacular.

Cheers,

Boz
 
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