MS Queen Elizabeth

MS Queen Elizabeth (QE) is a cruise ship of the Vista class operated by the Cunard Line. The design is modified from that of previous ships of that class, and slightly larger than Queen Victoria, at 92,000 GT, largely due to a more vertical stern.[1] The ship is able to carry up to 2092 passengers.[1]

The ship's name was announced by Cunard on 10 October 2007. Since the retirement of Queen Elizabeth 2 in 2008 the company has operated three vessels.[2] The naming of the ship as Queen Elizabeth brings about a situation similar to that between 1940 and 1948, when Cunard's original Queen Elizabeth was in service at the same time as the Royal Navy battleship HMS Queen Elizabeth. The Royal Navy's aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth went to sea the summer of 2017, six and a half years after the cruise ship entered service.

Queen Elizabeth in Tallinn 7 July 2011
Queen Elizabeth in Tallinn, 10 June 2011
Name: Queen Elizabeth
Owner: Carnival Corporation & plc
Operator: Cunard Line
Port of registry:
Ordered: October 2007
Builder: Fincantieri Monfalcone Shipyard, Italy
Cost: UK£350 million (approx.)[1] (US$560 million)
Yard number: 6187
Laid down: 2 July 2009
Launched: 5 January 2010
Christened: 11 October 2010
Completed: October 2010
Maiden voyage: 12 October 2010
In service: October 2010
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: Vista Class cruise ship
Tonnage: 90,901 GT
Length: 294 m (965 ft)
Beam: 32.3 m (106 ft)
Draught: 8 m (26 ft)
  • 16 total
  • 12 accessible to passengers
Installed power:
  • 4 × MaK 12VM43C
  • 2 × MaK 8M43C
  • 64,000 kW (combined)
Speed: 23.7 knots (43.9 km/h; 27.3 mph)
Capacity: 2,092 passengers lower beds, 2,547 maximum passengers
Queen Elizabeth cruise liner
Queen Elizabeth outbound from Southampton on her maiden voyage, 2010
Queen Elizabeth in Cádiz 17.10.2010
MS Queen Elizabeth in Cádiz, 2010
Hamilton Bermuda' Queen Elizabeth arriving Port of Tallinn 10 June 2012
Queen Elizabeth in Tallinn, 2012
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Queen Elizabeth in Kobe, 2014
Queen Elizabeth ria at kobe port
Queen Elizabeth in Kobe, 2014



Queen Elizabeth is almost identical in design to Queen Victoria, although because of the steeper stern, at her introduction into service the passenger capacity was slightly higher with up to 2,058 compared to Queen Victoria's 2,014.[3]

Also unlike many previous Cunard Queens, Queen Elizabeth is not a true ocean liner as she does not have the heavy plating throughout the hull. However the bow was constructed with heavier plating to cope with the Transatlantic run, and the ship has a high freeboard.[4]


Although having an almost identical interior arrangement to Queen Victoria, the decor is very different. The ship is a tribute to the two previous Queen Elizabeth-named ships: the original Queen Elizabeth and Queen Elizabeth 2. She also evokes the era of the 1930s, in which Cunard's first Queen Elizabeth was launched, with many art deco interior touches.[5] The ship also features a Britannia Club section of the main restaurant, which is a feature popular on Queen Mary 2, but not available on Queen Victoria. This service allows passengers in the Britannia staterooms to have single seating dining arrangements, without having to upgrade to the more expensive Grills classes.[6] The sliding roof over the Winter Garden featured on Queen Victoria is replaced with a simple glass roof (the space being renamed The Garden Lounge).[7]


Following the ship's construction in Italy from 2007 to 2010, Cunard Line officially confirmed that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II would name Cunard's new ship.[8] The ceremony was held in Southampton on Monday 11 October 2010 before the ship set sail on her maiden voyage to the Canary Islands the following day.[9] The Queen was also the sponsor of the now-retired Queen Elizabeth 2 in 1967 and Cunard's current flagship, Queen Mary 2, in 2004.[10]

Service history

The first master of Queen Elizabeth was Captain Christopher Wells.[11] On Monday 4 October 2010 Queen Elizabeth was formally handed over to Cunard. She sailed on her maiden voyage from Southampton on Tuesday 12 October 2010, following a naming ceremony with the monarch on Monday 11 October 2010.[12]

At the end of October 2011 Queen Elizabeth and her fleet mates changed their registries to Hamilton, Bermuda, in order to host weddings aboard.[13]

On 29 June 2012, the ship made her one and only visit to Ny-Ålesund, in Svalbard. The previous scheduled visit in 2011 had to be aborted due to bad weather. However, she was not scheduled to visit Svalbard in her 2013 schedule. Legislation relating to cruise ships visiting the archipelago (applicable from 2014) means that Queen Elizabeth will never be able to visit again.[14]

On 31 August 2013, British journalist and broadcaster Sir David Frost had been invited to give a speech by Cunard whilst travelling on board the ship but died of a heart attack.[15]

On 13 August 2016 Queen Elizabeth made the 2,500th cruise ship call at Kiel, Germany.[16]

On 6 July 2017, during a cruise around the British Isles, Queen Elizabeth encountered the new Royal Navy aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth in the Moray Firth, during the warship's initial sea trials.[17]

On 23 May 2019, Queen Elizabeth began regular service between Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and various destinations in Alaska, United States.[18]

13 January 2011:
Two years after the first Cunard Royal Rendezvous, RMS Queen Mary 2 met up with Queen Victoria and the then brand new Queen Elizabeth for another Royal Rendezvous in New York City. Both Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth made an Atlantic crossing in tandem for the event. All three Cunarders met in front of the Statue of Liberty at 6:45 pm for a Grucci fireworks display. The Empire State Building was lit up in red to mark the event.[19]

5 June 2012:
All three 'Queens' met once more, but this time in Southampton in order to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.[20]

15 July 2012:
Both Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2 visited Hamburg the first time together.[21]

12 March 2013: Passed the former Cunard ship Queen Mary, currently a hotel in Long Beach, California, for the first time along with fireworks display.[22]

6 May 2014: All three Queens met up for the first time in Lisbon, Portugal, in preparation for Queen Mary 2s 10th birthday. All three on departure sailed in a one-line formation to Southampton.[23]

9 May 2014: Both Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria led in single file, Queen Mary 2 up the Southampton channel, with both ships docking in a bow to bow formation performing a birthday salute to Queen Mary 2. Later on, all three Cunarders gather for a fireworks display in which Queen Mary 2 led both the Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria back down the channel.[24]

MS Queen Elizabeth, Liverpool Cruise Terminal, River Mersey (geograph 4493079)
Queen Elizabeth at Liverpool Cruise Terminal, on 25 May 2015, after the Cunard 175 celebration

25 May 2015: The three 'Queens' at Liverpool celebrating 175 years of the formation of the Cunard Line, which was formed and based at Liverpool. At low tide, the three ships stopped in line in middle of the River Mersey, bow to stern, turned 180 degrees in full synchronisation with each other, which was known as river dance), they then formed an arrow side by side. The Queen Mary 2 was in the centre with its bow in line with the Cunard Building at the Pier Head. The RAF Red Arrows performed a flypast in Vic formation, emitting red, white and blue smoke, over the vessels. An estimated 1.3 million people lined the river banks to witness the spectacle.[25]

Special Voyages

QE2 50th Anniversary Celebration

In September 2017 the ship hosted a special commemorative cruise to honour the 50th anniversary of its predecessor the QE2.[26] The Mediterranean cruise was chosen to pay tribute to QE2's role as a cruise ship.[27] Special guests include Captain Ian McNaught, Commodore Ronald Warwick, Maritime Historian Chris Frame and QE2 Social Hostess Maureen Ryan.[28]

Australia 2019

Queen Elizabeth will spend an extended season in Australia in 2019.[29][30]



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  2. ^ "Cunard - Welcome to the latest news from Cunard". Cunard. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Queen Elizabeth". Cunard. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Three Queens: Spotlight on Queen Elizabeth". Lancashire Telegraph. 3 May 2015. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Queen Elizabeth Press Launch". Cunard Line - Press Release. 17 March 2009. Retrieved 17 March 2009.
  6. ^ "Britannia Club". Cunard. Archived from the original on 4 March 2010.
  7. ^ "Queen Elizabeth". Avid Cruiser. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  8. ^ "The Queen WILL name the Queen! (10556)". Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  9. ^ Peter Woodman (11 October 2010). "Queen officially names luxury liner". The Independent. Retrieved 6 September 2012.
  10. ^ Charles Starmer-Smith (1 September 2010). "Queen to name Cunard's new ship". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 6 September 2012.
  11. ^ "Breaking News – The Master is Appointed For Queen Elizabeth". Cunard Blog. 7 September 2009. Retrieved 14 September 2009.
  12. ^ "MS Queen Elizabeth naming ceremony highlights". Cunard. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  13. ^ "It's Official: Cunard Re-flags Ships in Bermuda, Launches Weddings at Sea". Cruise Critic. 19 October 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  14. ^ "Cruise regulations put Svalbard off-limits". The Telegraph. 17 March 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  15. ^ "Sir David Frost, broadcaster and writer, dies at 74". BBC. 1 September 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  16. ^ Mayes, William (2016). Ships Monthly November 2016. p. 13.
  17. ^ Whitelaw, Jonathan (7 July 2017). "Queens of the Sea: Stunning moment huge Queen Elizabeth ships meet for the first time in Moray Firth". Scottish Sun. The Sun. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  18. ^ Meghji, Riaz (23 July 2019). "Cunard's maiden call to Vancouver". CityNews1130. CityNews. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  19. ^ "Iconic Cunard Line Queens to Meet for Historic Royal Rendezvous in New York Harbour on 13 January". PR New Wire. 8 December 2010. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  20. ^ "Cunard Line Announces 2012-2013 Deployment". Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  21. ^ "Hafen Hamburg - "Queen Mary 2" und "Queen Elizabeth" im Doppelpack". Hamburger Abendblatt.
  22. ^ "Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary to meet in first Cunard royal rendezvous". Breaking Travel News. 2 March 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  23. ^ "Do you come here often? Cunard's three royal ladies, the liners Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria dock in Lisbon for family portrait". Daily Mail. 6 June 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  24. ^ "Pictures of the day". The Telegraph. 9 May 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  25. ^ "Three Queens: Eyes of the world on Liverpool for Cunard's 175th anniversary". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  26. ^ "Cunard sailing to mark 50th anniversary of QE2 launch". Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  27. ^ "Cunard's Queen Elizabeth Cruise Ship to Host QE2 50th Anniversary Celebrations". 17 August 2017. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  28. ^ "Big Fat Cruise Wrap – Travel Weekly". Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  29. ^ "Grand Voyages on Queen Elizabeth 2019 - Cunard". Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  30. ^ Staff, CIN (18 February 2018). "Queen Elizabeth to be Based in Australia for 2019-2020 Season". Retrieved 19 February 2018.


  • Dawson, Philip (2010). Queen Elizabeth: a celebration of ocean travel for modern Elizabethan times (2nd ed.). Ramsey, Isle of Man: Lily Publications. ISBN 9781906608224.
  • Frame, Chris; Cross, Rachelle (2011). Queen Elizabeth: a photographic journey. Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK: The History Press. ISBN 9780752459165.
  • Thiel, Ingo (2011). Queen Elizabeth: Noble Eleganz zur See / Elegance at Sea (in German and English). Bielefeld, Germany: Delius Klasing. ISBN 9783768833226.
  • Wills, Elspeth (2011). Cunard Queens: the story of the six Cunard Line Queens. London: Open Agency. ISBN 9780954245191.

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David Frost

Sir David Paradine Frost (7 April 1939 – 31 August 2013) was an English television host, media personality, journalist, comedian, and writer.

After graduating from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, Frost rose to prominence in the United Kingdom when he was chosen to host the satirical programme That Was the Week That Was in 1962. His success on this show led to work as a host on U.S. television. He became known for his television interviews with senior political figures, among them the Nixon interviews with former U.S. President Richard Nixon in 1977, which were adapted into a stage play and film.

Frost was one of the "Famous Five" who was behind the launch of ITV breakfast station TV-am in 1983. For the BBC, he hosted the Sunday morning interview programme Breakfast with Frost from 1993 to 2005. He spent two decades as host of Through the Keyhole. From 2006 to 2012 he hosted the weekly programme Frost Over the World on Al Jazeera English and from 2012, the weekly programme The Frost Interview.

Frost died on 31 August 2013, aged 74, on board the cruise ship MS Queen Elizabeth, on which he had been engaged as a speaker. In March 2014, his memorial stone was unveiled in Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey for his contribution to British culture.

Inger Klein Thorhauge

Inger Klein Thorhauge is a Faroese cruise ship captain for Cunard Lines. When she was named Captain of MS Queen Victoria in 2010, she became the first female Captain in the history of the cruise line. She has since become Captain of MS Queen Elizabeth.

MV Coral

MV Coral (formerly Triton, Sunward II, Cunard Adventurer) was a cruise ship in service for Louis Cruises until 2011. She was a Cunard Line cruise ship that operated from 1971 to 1977. She was the first of the company's vessels in the 20th century to bear a name that did not end in "ia" or begin with "Queen." The only ex-Cunard ship still in service from this era is MS Golden Iris (formerly Cunard Princess).Sold in 1977, Cunard Adventurer became Sunward II for Norwegian Cruise Line. In April 2005 she was sold at auction to Louis Cruises.

As Coral she sailed in the Mediterranean Sea and Greek islands until 2011.Louis announced in May 2013 that for the 2014 season, Coral was to be renamed Louis Rhea, to reflect the company's Hellenic heritage. However, in December the plans were cancelled and she was reported to have been sold to a scrap firm in Aliağa, Turkey and subsequently to Alang, India. She arrived in Alang for breaking on 30 January 2014.

MV Cunard Ambassador

MV Cunard Ambassador was a cruise ship planned as one of a class of eight ships for the charter airline Overseas National Airways. At the same time, the Cunard Line was moving into the cruise market because the increasing popularity of international flights meant that its transatlantic passenger services were no longer viable.


QE3 may refer to:

MS Queen Elizabeth, third Cunard passenger ship of the name

Round 3 of quantitative easing

(5346) 1981 QE3 asteroid

Qe3, the algebraic chess notation for a move of the queen to square e3

Queen Elizabeth (ship)

Queen Elizabeth (ship) may refer to several ships:

HMS Queen Elizabeth for several ships of that name

RMS Queen Elizabeth

RMS Queen Elizabeth 2

MS Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth 2

Queen Elizabeth 2, often referred to simply as QE2, is a floating hotel and retired ocean liner built for the Cunard Line which was operated by Cunard as both a transatlantic liner and a cruise ship from 1969 to 2008. Since 18 April 2018, she has been operating as a floating hotel in Dubai.QE2 was designed for the transatlantic service from her home port of Southampton, UK to New York, and she was named after the earlier Cunard liner RMS Queen Elizabeth. She served as the flagship of the line from 1969 until succeeded by RMS Queen Mary 2 in 2004. QE2 was designed in Cunard's offices in Liverpool and Southampton and built in Clydebank, Scotland. She was considered the last of the great transatlantic ocean liners until Queen Mary 2 entered service.

QE2 was also the last oil-fired passenger steamship to cross the Atlantic in scheduled liner service until she was refitted with a modern diesel powerplant in 1986–87. She undertook regular world cruises during almost 40 years of service, and later operated predominantly as a cruise ship, sailing out of Southampton, England. QE2 had no running mate and never ran a year-round weekly transatlantic express service to New York. She did, however, continue the Cunard tradition of regular scheduled transatlantic crossings every year of her service life. QE2 was never given a Royal Mail Ship designation, instead carrying the SS and later MV or MS prefixes in official documents.QE2 was retired from active Cunard service on 27 November 2008. She had been acquired by the private equity arm of Dubai World, which planned to begin conversion of the vessel to a 500-room floating hotel moored at the Palm Jumeirah, Dubai. The 2008 financial crisis intervened, however, and the ship was laid up at Dubai Drydocks and later Port Rashid. Subsequent conversion plans were announced by in 2012 and by the Oceanic Group in 2013 but these both stalled. In November, 2015 Cruise Arabia & Africa quoted DP World chairman Ahmed Sultan Bin Sulayem as saying that QE2 would not be scrapped and a Dubai-based construction company announced in March, 2017 that it had been contracted to refurbish the ship. The restored QE2 opened to visitors on 18 April 2018, with a soft opening. The grand opening was set for October 2018.

RMS Albania (1900)

The RMS Albania was a steamship that served various owners.

She was launched on 3 February 1900 by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson, Wallsend-on-Tyne as Consuelo for Thomas Wilson & Sons of Hull. She was sold in 1909 to Thomson Line and renamed Cairnrona.

RMS Antonia

RMS Antonia and her sister ship Andania were the first two of the six 14,000 ton "A" ocean liners built for Cunard in the early 1920s.

Antonia was built by Vickers Ltd., and launched in 1921. She made her maiden voyage from London to Montreal on 15 June 1922. She remained on Cunard's London-Canada service until 1928, when she joined Andania on the Cunard/Anchor/Donaldson joint service. Antonia, too, was requisitioned during World War II, and served as a troop transport and later as an armed merchant cruiser. She was purchased by the Admiralty as a repair ship in 1942, and renamed Wayland. She was scrapped in 1948.

RMS Aurania (1882)

RMS Aurania was a British Ocean Liner that was scrapped at Genoa, Italy after 22 years of service (1883-1905).

RMS Ausonia

RMS Ausonia, launched in 1921, was one of Cunard's six post-World War I "A-class" ocean liners for the Canadian service.

RMS Samaria (1920)

RMS Samaria was transatlantic ocean liner built for Cunard Line. She served from 1922 until 1955. During the Second World War she was a troopship in the Royal Navy. Samaria was scrapped in 1956.

RMS Scythia

RMS Scythia was a Cunard liner. She sailed on her maiden voyage in 1921, and became a troop and supply ship during the Second World War. Scythia was the longest serving Cunard liner until 4 September 2005, when her record was surpassed by MS Queen Elizabeth 2.

SS Aleppo

SS Aleppo was a British passenger cargo vessel, launched on 1 November 1864, measuring 292.5 feet by 38.2 feet, 2,057 gross tonnage, built in Glasgow by J & G Thomson, Govan. She made her first North Atlantic voyage from Liverpool to Halifax to New York City beginning on 15 September 1865. The Aleppo had accommodation for 46 first class and 593 third class passengers. The ship was commissioned for the British & Foreign Steam Navigation Company, Glasgow, a company established in 1855 to run the Mediterranean shipping interests of the investors of the British and North American Royal Mail Steam-Packet Company, the forerunner of the Cunard Line. In 1878 the firms were reorganised, the British & Foreign Steam Navigation Company and its ships were merged into the Cunard Steam Ship Co. Ltd., and Aleppo was transferred on 7 September 1878.In 1880, the ship was fitted with compound engines and in 1890, the SS Aleppo was re-engined with triple-expansion engines by J. Howden & Co. The ship made its last North Atlantic voyage from Liverpool to Boston on 24 March 1892. In 1905, the SS Aleppo was broken up at Preston by Thos W Ward.

Her figurehead is preserved in the collections of Mystic Seaport, Connecticut.

SS Catalonia

SS Catalonia was a cargo passenger vessel built in 1881 and owned by the Cunard Line.

SS Java

SS Java was a British and French ocean liner built in 1865 at Glasgow by J. G. Thompson & Co. It served for the Cunard Line. 1877 it was re-engined with compound engines by Fawcett, Preston & Co, Liverpool and chartered to Warren Line, until it had been sold to Red Star Line one year later and renamed to SS Zeeland.

In its later years it was sold to French owners in 1889 and British owners again in 1892.

In 1895 it went missing on its way from San Francisco to New York.

SS Ultonia

SS Ultonia was a British passenger-cargo vessel built in 1898 in Wallsend-on-Tyne by C. S. Swan & Hunter. It was sunk by a German torpedo in 1917.

Ōsanbashi Pier

"Yokohama Pier" redirects here. For other piers in Yokohama, see Port of Yokohama.Ōsanbashi Pier (大さん橋, ōsanbashi, pronounced [oːsambaɕi]) is the main international passenger pier at the Port of Yokohama, located in Naka Ward, Yokohama, Japan. Ōsanbashi is the oldest pier in Yokohama, originally constructed between 1889 and 1896.

Major cruise ships such as the Queen Elizabeth 2 were at one time embarked here, although 90,000 GWT ships such as MS Queen Elizabeth are often obliged to use nearby container terminals owing to their enormous size. The pier is also known as one of the best places to see the Yokohama Three Towers (The King, Queen and the Jack)

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