While retaining the elegance, history and nostalgia of Queen Victoria’s art deco past, a month-long refurbishment will update all areas of Cunard Line’s iconic ship.
The biggest change is the slicing away of a section of staterooms at the rear of the ship to make way for addition of a larger section of Britannia Club balcony staterooms and a dedicated new restaurant. Grand Suites and Deck 8 aft Penthouse Suites will be completely redesigned, and a new Chart Room bar will be introduced.
Refreshed staterooms throughout the ship will feature newly-designed carpets, soft furnishings, new flat screen TVs, as well as tea and coffee facilities. New color schemes reflect Cunard’s signature jewel tones of deep red and geometric patterns.
“Cunard guests are very passionate about their ships, so we have given great consideration to Cunard’s aesthetic integrity and rich 176-year history,” commented Alan McVitty, director at M Design, who consulted on the redesign. “We drew upon inspiration from archival imagery of not only Cunard’s ships, but of the architectural elements of its buildings in Liverpool and New York.”
The Queen will be taken out of service on May 5, 2017 for the $40 million rebuild at the Fincantieri Shipyard in Palermo, Italy and be back in service on June 4.