This fall, QUEEN ELIZABETH debuts as our newest Cunard ocean liner and continues our 170-year tradition of satisfying the palates of distinguished travellers. The fine restaurants and bars aboard this QUEEN will provide an array of culinary experiences that honour previous venues and expand upon those currently aboard QUEEN MARY 2 and QUEEN VICTORIA.
Introducing The Verandah
In their day, The Verandah Grills on Queen Mary and the original Queen Elizabeth were perhaps the most exclusive dining rooms on par with the world’s private clubs. Available to first-class passengers, they would be frequented by royalty, film stars and the rich and famous. The Verandah on the new QUEEN ELIZABETH offers guests an experience reminiscent of dining at the original Verandah, whilst they enjoy the very best in French cuisine, with menus created by Chef Jean-Marie Zimmermann, winner of a coveted Michelin star.
Travel Agent and Cunard Set the Stage for First Marriage Proposal On Board Queen Elizabeth
Theatre Boxes in Queen Elizabeth’s Royal Court Theatre were packed for the dazzling new production show, “A Slice of Saturday Night,” on a recent evening during the ship’s current Maiden Voyage. And as Entertainment Director Alastair Greener recounts in the latest edition of his blog, WeAreCunard.com, guests seated in box number six were about to enjoy an especially memorable night. A few months ago, Greener was contacted by Susan Mirabito, travel operations manager for Travel Network in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, to enlist the ship’s assistance with a special request.
Jim McCracken, mayor of neighboring Freedom Township, wanted to propose to his girlfriend,
Lisa Lehman from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, during the voyage.
The ship happily complied and reserved a table in The Verandah, to be followed with a reserved Theatre Box later that evening. Jim shared that he had met Lisa at a business conference and that they were partnered in a group leadership class. As part of an exercise, they were directed to look into each other’s eyes for fifteen seconds. Jim said it was definitely love at first sight, and so he wished to recreate the moment as part of his proposal. As the performance in the theatre came to an end, Jim asked Lisa to look into his eyes for fifteen seconds – at which point he got down on one knee and asked her to marry him. Of course, she said yes. “I cannot say enough about the Cunard staff and how responsive they were to my requests for Jim. Great lengths were taken to insure that Lisa was truly surprised,” said Mirabito. “The evening was beyond the expectations of Jim and me, and I am most appreciative of the attention Cunard provided to facilitate this memorable occasion. This is a story that I am certain will be passed down from generation to generation,” she added. Jim and Lisa have their first job as an engaged couple this Friday, as they have been asked to witness the Renewal of Vows Ceremony of another couple at their dinner table! Cunard wishes the couple every happiness, and is proud that the Line’s Queen Elizabeth could be a part of this wonderful new beginning in their life together.
Art and Memorabilia Aboard Queen Elizabeth Reflect Cunard’s British Heritage
Cunard has always afforded guests an opportunity to be enriched by artists from around the globe through extensive collections on board, and from the décor of the ships themselves. When our newest Cunarder, QUEEN ELIZABETH enters service in less than a month, the artwork that graces her will reflect the art déco period, pay homage to Cunard's Queens and its ocean liner history and showcase her ties to Great Britain’s Royal Family.
In addition, Queen Elizabeth’s fine arts programme will depart from the art auction format with Cunard’s introduction of a new on board art experience through a partnership with Clarendon Fine Art, one of London’s most distinguished new retail galleries in the exclusive Mayfair district.
“Queen Elizabeth’s artwork will truly reflect Cunard’s distinctive heritage and style: rich art déco pieces, expertly crafted maritime paintings, and works reflecting our special ties to Britain’s Royal Family showcase our storied history,” said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line. “And our new partnership with London’s Clarendon Gallery provides an exciting new offering for our guests who enjoy contemporary art.”
FORTNUM & MASON AT SEA – ANOTHER FIRST FOR QUEEN ELIZABETH
Ever since QUEEN MARY entered service in 1936, Cunard’s QUEENS have been famous for offering the best on board shopping. New QUEEN ELIZABETH will be no exception.
QUEEN ELIZABETH’s Royal Arcade will feature iconic products from Fortnum & Mason. Since 1707, Fortnum & Mason has been the quintessential English store situated in the heart of London’s Piccadilly and issued with two Royal warrants. On board, Fortnum & Mason will offer unique teas, preserves, biscuits and gifts.
In addition to Fortnum & Mason, shoppers on board QUEEN ELIZABETH will also be able to purchase brands that have never before been available at sea. The new Cunarder will be the only ship in the world to feature the following luxury products:
Hackett of London: Producers of the finest authentic and classic menswear.
Harris Tweed: World-renowned, hand-woven Scottish woollen fabrics.
Anya Hindmarch: English fashion accessories designer with a passion for bespoke details.
QUEEN ELIZABETH will also offer:
Chopard: For 150 years Chopard has offered watches of exceptional quality. To celebrate the launch of
QUEEN ELIZABETH, the company has produced the Chopard QUEEN ELIZABETH watch – a limited edition, valued at $18,000.
Rotary: A specially-commissioned QUEEN ELIZABETH watch – only available on board.
In addition, a new “Cunard Signature Collection” on board QUEEN ELIZABETH will offer a premium logo collection ranging from travel accessories to designer clothing.
Cunard’s tradition of providing the ultimate luxury experiences at sea continues with Queen Elizabeth’s Royal Spa. The tranquil 13,000 square-foot modern spa features stunning décor in line with the art deco style of the new Cunarder, two levels of treatment rooms, fitness + pool. The spa offers a health and wellness program with Hydrotherapy Pool + Thermal Suite, with the new Royal Bath House, the centerpiece for the ultimate spa experience. Inspired by holistic, relaxing and stress-relieving treatments drawn from disciplines around the world, the Royal Spa offers the most luxurious + exotic treatments in any spa resort, including being the first spa at sea to provide Remède products and treatments.
The new fixture on board Queen Elizabeth’s Royal Spa is the Royal Bath House. This covered space is a social relaxation area that includes both the Thermal Suite and Hydrotherapy Pool, all adjacent to the main outdoor pool on Deck 9. Plush robes, slippers and other amenities provided. Day passes available for those guests not booking a treatment. Beyond the aquatics, guests can enjoy time to rejuvenate and revitalize with treatments. Queen Elizabeth will be the first spa at sea to offer Remède service, including Customized Facials and Massages, as well as Remède and Elemis spa products.
Additionally, other new treatments and partners include:
Royal Spa Self-Scrub:, do-it-yourself experience, work with the spa’s mixologist to create a special blend of exfoliants that buff away dead skin and impurities.
Cellulite Reduction and Revitalizing Leg Therapy by Ionithermie: detoxifying, firming and toning treatment eliminates toxins using faradic and galvanic stimuli. Alleviates water retention and also guarantees inches will be lost after just one treatment.
"As the world awaits Queen Elizabeth, our guests are eager to experience all the lavish amenities featured on board, including the rituals of luxury found in the Royal Spa,” said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line. “From couples treatment suites and new treatments, to adventurous fitness classes and premium spa product partners, Cunard continues to offer White Star Service as it provides the ultimate in rejuvenation at sea.
The Royal Spa includes full-service hair + nail salon with award-winning products + the latest services, such as:
Phyto Hair Cocktails: botanical blend of powerful plants and herbs repair hair structure + nourish the scalp + follicles, roots + ends. Choose from Phyto Thirst Quencher, Rescue Remedy,Botanical Bliss or Colour
bliss® Poetic Waxing: “painless as possible” waxing removes unwanted hair from (practically) anywhere.
Award-winning St. Tropez Sunless Tanning for the face and body
Brazilian Blowout: leaves hair smooth, healthy + frizz-free for up to 12 weeks without the use of damaging chemicals. polymer system, enhances hair condition by creating a protective protein layer around the hair shaft to eliminate frizz and smooth the cuticle, improving the health of the hair.
Refreshing Fitness the fitness centre includes a work-out facility + aerobics studio featuring signature fitness classes, including: Walkvest®: wear a weighted vest (2 – 16 lbs.) while walking, Walking Poles: a total body workout. Classes show how the use of the poles can enhance “walking” experiences to help improve stamina, posture and balance, Aqua Tone: movements with various types of water equipment, such as dumbbells, floats, aqua gloves and fins. The water resistance helps build muscles without overexertion.
Wellness Centre Royal Spa offers ancient traditions of Chinese medicines and Ayurvedic techniques. A professionally trained acupuncturist, offers 6 treatments to alleviate stress or pain, or help with weight loss. Ayurveda (Sanskrit for the Science of Life) is an ancient Indian health care system and offers a wellness plan that includes guests’ preferred type of exercise, dietary choices and even way of life/hobbies around their primary “dosha” (constitution): Pitta (water and fire), Vata (ether and air) or Kapha (water and earth). 3 popular balancing Ayurvedic offered that will relax and rejuvenate the spirit, whatever the dosha. And since a key part of health and wellness is education, seminars from managing arthritis to metabolism enhancement will be offered throughout each voyage.