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Queen Elizabeth Enters Blohm & Voss Shipyard For Multi-Million Pound Scheduled Refit

Cunard Line’s newest ship Queen Elizabeth has arrived at the Blohm & Voss Shipyard in Hamburg for the first scheduled dry-docking of the vessel since it entered service in 2010. As well as conducting standard checks and maintenance, this multi-million pound refit will create single accommodation options on the ship for the first time, as well as enhance stateroom and other amenities and improve restaurant facilities. In line with the company’s environmental sustainability thinking, scrubber technology is also being introduced on the ship.

Queen Elizabeth will leave the yard on Saturday 1 June and sail for Southampton, ahead of her 4 June cruise to Amsterdam.

In response to passenger demand and changing demographics, a total of nine new single staterooms are being created on deck 2 midships by re-modelling part of the ship’s casino. Eight will be a new grade of Ocean View single staterooms and the ninth will be a standard inside room.

In the ship’s informal Lido restaurant, refurbishments will mean that waiters with insulated coffee and tea pots will in future serve passengers with hot drinks at all meals, while recessed risers will improve the styling of the self service area as well as passenger flows within it.

More generally, carpets are being renewed and large flat-screen TVs – mostly 32” or above – are being installed in all passenger staterooms.

Sun awnings are being erected on the open area near the Lido pool at the stern on deck 9 and on both sides of the Grills Upper Terrace area near the top of the ship to offer more shade out on deck.

The creation of a dedicated studio will enable the ship’s photographers to offer high-end portraiture while the addition of touch screens in the photo gallery will continue the development of a digital environment in which passengers can more easily find and select photos taken of them by the team.

Significant work is planned for the shopping area on board: the footprint is increasing, new Fine Jewellery and Watch shops opening and the layout, lighting and overall shopping experience for passengers is being enhanced.

On the technical front, scrubber technology is being installed in line with the company’s commitment to minimising its environmental impact. This involves the installation of a new filtration system for the exhaust gas from the ship’s engines.

Angus Struthers, Cunard’s Marketing Director, said: “Queen Elizabeth is already a much loved ship and following this multi-million pound refit she is sure to shine brightly for years to come. Whilst there has been investment across the ship, we are particularly delighted to announce that following this refit, there will be staterooms for single travellers on board a Cunard ship for the first time since QE2.”

Technical Figures:
Queen Elizabeth
Length: 294 m
Width: 32 m
Draught: 8 m
Maximum Speed: 23.7 knots
Passenger Capacity: 2,068
Staterooms: 1,034
Crew: 1,005


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