Queen Victoria 12 – On Board

The first part of the ship’s interior you see when boarding is the Grand Lobby. Most of the decoration and design is focused on the art deco period highly polished furniture and panelling blending with richly patterned flooring and carpets.

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The art deco theme continues into the arcade where window shopping is a most pleasurable experience.

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This area of the ship on decks, two and three, is also where most of the entertaiment is staged; mainly in the Queens ballroom or the Royal Court Theatre.

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There are numerous bars throughout the ship but the Golden Lion Pub was the largest, also given a fairly big space was the casino.

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Pictured below is the Lido Buffet affording sea views both to port and starboard, this restaurant only closes for two hours between 4a.m. and 6a.m. otherwise food and drink is available for the other twenty-two hours.

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Some good looking passengers could be seen in the Britannia restaurant enjoying the wide range of adventurous and beautifully presented meals all all served with impeccable ‘White Star’ service.

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After dinner the choice of entertainment on the lower decks or watching the passing scenery, or just sun bathing, were only a few of the options available.

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I have included these last two pictures to show just how big this megalopolis is, first in dock at Stavanger and secondly leaving Southampton seen from Hythe pier; that was taken a year earlier so you won’t see us in that shot.

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This is the final post for this particular holiday, hope you have enjoyed the show, but maybe not as much as we relished cruising as a fine way to see the world.

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Queen Victoria 11 – See, sea and C Birds

With time to sit and look out to sea and to be in the right place at the right time can be most rewarding; the only problem with photography is whether the camera can cope with the weather. Yes I am boring, yes I always have a camera attached to my hand, but sometimes the captured images make my sacrifice to the art worth the effort. Tell me if you agree or not. The pictures speak for themselves.

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Queen Victoria 10 – The Faroes to Southampton

Friday 28th July proved to be a busy day, not only was it the last chance to don the gladrags for a formal evening’s entertainment I also had the opportunity to go on a behind the scenes tour of the ship. The logistics of catering for nearly two thousand passengers and a thousand crew, with a company policy to be as environmentally friendly as possible, really is mindblowing; more of that in the next post.

One day out from Torshavn we had to see our first full sunset since the cruise began, no more chance of any midnight viewings, this one was at 9.3op.m.

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The strange mix of colours over the sequence of pictures is as it happened, refraction does very odd things when twisting the light.

I’ve not included much about the entertainment on board but most was centred in the theatre and the queens ballroom. On the last evening there was something different when a gathering of passengers was led through a singsong of old musichall favourites in a very relaxed, and as can be seen, easygoing way in the Grand Lobby.

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The following morning gave us many different things to look at, oil rigs, wind farms, ships and sea birds. The heat haze dominated the scene but we were still able to get sight of the closer objects.

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The above sailing ship, The Tenacious, belongs to an organisation called J.S.T. (Jubilee Sailing Trust) which began in the 1970s to clebrate the Queen’s silver jubilee. The JST has two ships that were commisioned especially to carry a forty-strong crew most of which have varying degrees of disability; nobody was considered as a passenger. More information can be found about this commendable charity at http://www.jst.org.uk

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In the staits of Dover the haze and the sun’s position gave us a better view of the white cliffs of France so just for change here they are. The sunset was not as spectacular this evening but, as can be seen below, early the next morning we had a view to get up for.

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Yes it’s Portsmouth, nearly there with only an hour to go before we dock and prepare for the land journey home.