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Cunard Line’s newest ship Queen Elizabeth has arrived in Hamburg for its first scheduled dry-docking since 2010.

The ship will undergo a multi-million pound refit at the Blohm & Voss Shipyard where standard checks and maintenance will also be conducted.

The 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 air pollution control technology will also be introduced on the ship. This involves the installation of a new filtration system for the exhaust gas from the ship’s engines.

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, waiters with insulated coffee and tea pots will now 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.

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 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 enable passengers to more easily find and select photos taken of them by the team.

Significant work is planned for the shopping area on board including the opening of Fine Jewellery and Watch shops and the improvement of lighting to enhance the overall shopping experience for passengers.

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.”

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

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