Cruise Line: Cunard Line
Entered service: October 2010
Onboard currency: US dollar
Passengers (lower berths): 2,092
Length: 294.0 metres
Beam: 32.3 metres
Draft: 8.0 metres
MS Queen Elizabeth is a Vista-class cruise ship and Cunard’s newest pride and joy.
Queen Elizabeth operates as a sister ship to MS Queen Victoria. Her design has been modified from previous Vista-class vessels, so that she is slightly larger, largely due to a more vertical stern. She is the second largest Cunard ship ever built, after RMS Queen Mary 2.
Although having an almost identical interior arrangement to the Queen Victoria, the decor is very different. This ship is a tribute to the two previous Cunard Queen Elizabeths: the original Queen Elizabeth and the QE2. The decor evokes the era of the 1930s, in which Cunard’s first Queen Elizabeth was launched, with many art deco interior touches.
Like all other Cunard ships to New Zealand, the passengers onboard Queen Elizabeth are likely to be British on a round-the-world voyage.
The Cunard Line allows liquor brought onboard at embarkation to be consumed in staterooms only, and those purchased in port or onboard the ship’s duty free shop will be retained until the last day of the cruise. Wine and champagne, however, are allowed to be brought onboard the ship and consumed in the dining rooms with a corkage charge of USD15.