Queen Victoria Celebrates First Birthday

Since embarking on her maiden voyage in December last year, Queen Victoria has sailed 111,828 miles, made 222 port calls and carried 54,827 guests, many of whom have travelled several times with the ship already.

The ocean liner will spend her first birthday in her homeport of Southampton before heading to the Caribbean for Christmas.

Queen Victoria has become one of the most celebrated ships to be introduced in recent years, continuing Cunard’s strong history of traditions established almost 170 years ago.

In 2008 Queen Victoria completed her maiden cruise as well as ten roundtrip voyages to the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and the Caribbean from Southampton, nine Mediterranean ‘œfly-voyages’ from a choice of ports and two Ibero-Med voyages including Cunard’s return to the Baltic.

In 2009, the grand liner will sail her second world cruise before basing herself in Southampton for a series of voyages to the Mediterranean and the Baltic, as well as an inaugural 24-night voyage to Canada and New England.

The second largest Cunarder ever built, after Cunard’s flagship, Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria continues the cruise line’s rich history of previous elegant ocean liners.

The 90,000-tonne Queen Victoria also features a range of firsts, including private viewing boxes in her stunning Royal Court Theatre, the first floating Cunardia museum and the first two-storey library with a spiral staircase at sea.

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