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 6 – Isafjordur

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What a difference a day makes? Our second Sunday of this cruise, clear skies, only a gentle breeze and soaring temperatures about to peak at 14 degrees C. No place to park alongside so it was down to getting on shore and back using the lifeboats as tenders; about a hundred passengers at a time. Not that there was so much to see in the town, some were doing excursions and others, like us, hunted souvenirs and admired the colourful landscape.

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The local sculpture showed what a delicate hand can produce when carving look alike waders. The large four chimneyed building behind is the old hospital which has now changed its use to being a library; a scenario that possibly suggests reading keeps you healthy and hospitals are not needed?

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The fully flowering daffodils really did take us by surprise as there had been none seen further north in Akreyri.

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The amount of traffic seen was quite minmal and the two highly polished classic vehicles being admired here had pride of place in the high street. Only a few shops were open, two souvenir shops, a bakers and a few clothes outlets selling hand made woolen sweaters for at least a £100 each; we noted not many were being sold but most of the locals were wearing them.

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QV looked as if it was time to take the brochure photograph so we duly obliged; then we got tenderised returning back on board for our roast beef and all the trimmings.

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When we sailed back out to clear waters the darkening wall approaching at speed made us wonder if the other side of the cloud may not be reached till the day after tomorrow?

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Will we survive this impending deluge, will we come through to clear skies ever again, was Queen Victoria amused?

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Surprise, surprise, surprise.

Today’s story starts begins with setting out on a mystery tour. Jane has a birthday next week and when looking for a different way to celebrate I happened upon a forthcoming event known to be of great interest.

The trip started at mid-day heading south east with a stop for lunch at a pub in Tolpuddle after which we journeyed on through Ringwood, the New Forest, Beaulieu and Lindhurst, ending the travelling at Hythe. From the car park it was a short walk onto the pier that had options to walk or train ride to the end which was about 100 yards out into Southampton water. The three surprises for Jane became visible only when we were out on the pier, Cunard’s Queens; Mary 2, Victoria and Elizabeth. At this time all moored some distances apart in different areas of the docks. Elizabeth the farthest away, Victoria peeping her bow  from behind Queen Mary 2 on the right hand side of the harbour.

At 4.30 ish on the 13th July 2012, the first to move was the Elizabeth, which took nearly half an hour to turn and get within close proximity of her sisters.

As she passed by Queen Mary 2 Victoria pulled away from the dockside and gave us photographers the only chance of a close up picture showing the three together.

The three majestic majesties moved silently and sedately towards the Solent, Queens Elizabeth and Victoria slowing down to wait for Mary 2 to catch up before they left our view.

Moving probably over 10000 people including the crews takes some serious ships and when the three left the docks the space appeared very empty. We were very lucky that the weather stayed dry.

Jane, in her own word was “delighted”.