Cunard have announced Queen Victoria will be renovated in a multi-million pound refit which will include single staterooms

Cunard Line’s Queen Victoria will enter the Blohm & Voss Shipyard in Hamburg in January 2015 for a multi-million pound refit.

Following the success of Queen Elizabeth’s recent refit at the same yard, Queen Victoria’s make-over will create nine single staterooms on the ship for the first time, re-modelled from part of the ship’s casino.

In addition, carpets are being renewed throughout and large flat-screen TVs – mostly 32” or above – are being installed in all passenger staterooms while in the ship’s informal Lido restaurant, waiters will now serve hot drinks at all meals.

As on Queen Elizabeth, sun awnings will be erected on the open area near the stern Lido pool and on both sides of the Grills Upper Terrace area near the top of the ship to offer more shade on deck.

In the shopping area on board there will be new Fine Jewellery and Watch shops and the layout, lighting and overall shopping experience for passengers is being enhanced.

Cunard Director Angus Struthers said: “Queen Victoria’s multi-million pound refit will ensure this much-loved ship remains in tip-top condition for her World Cruise in 2015 and beyond.”

The dry-docking is being brought forward as a bearing on one of the ship’s propulsion units will need replacing prior to its previously scheduled dry dock in December 2015. This has no impact on the safety of the ship but it is timely for the bearing to be replaced prior to the ship’s Round World Cruise beginning 20 January 2015.

As a result, two Queen Victoria sailings have unfortunately needed to be cancelled, a 12-night cruise to the Canaries 3-15 January and a short five-night trip to Amsterdam and Cherbourg 15-20 January 2015.

Passengers and their travel agents have been informed and a Future Cruise Credit of £100 per person is being offered to all affected passengers which can be used in conjunction with any alternative Cunard booking made for cruises departing within the next two years (before 3 January 2017). Full refunds of any monies paid will also be available should affected passengers not be in a position to rebook an alternative cruise with Cunard.

Angus Struthers said: “While we are sorry to be cancelling the two cruises, we are looking forward to welcoming all those affected back aboard a Cunard ship in the near future, perhaps on Queen Victoria or Queen Elizabeth, both of which will be sailing in 2015 fresh from their make-overs.”

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