MV Queen Victoria – Past and Present

MV Queen Victoria

© Jens Boldt

Queen Victoria – © Jens Boldt (Hamburg, 18/12/2007)

Steel Twin Azipod “Vista Class” diesel electric motor vessel built in 2007 by Fincantieri Cantieri Navali SpA Marghera, Venice. Italy (Yard No 6127) as a Passenger (Cruise) Ship for Cunard.

Technical Data

  • Original Cost: $390 million
  • Length: 293.80 m (overall) 265.36 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 32.60 m
  • Depth: 10.80 m
  • Draught: 2.90 m (Summer)
  • Tonnage: 90049 gross/50125 net/7685t deadweight
  • Engines: 4 x Sulzer 6ZAV40S – 6 cylinder diesel engines/ 2 x Sulzer 12ZAV40S – 12 cylinder diesel engines
  • Power: 63360 kW/HP
  • Speed: 18.0 knots 23.7 knots max)
  • Passenger Decks: 12
  • Capacity: 1988/2081 passengers (min)/2172 (max)
  • Cabins: 1007 (715 Balcony, 146 Ocean View, 146 Inside.
  • Crew: 1001/993
  • Call Sign: CBQV, ZCEF3
  • MMSI Number: 310624000
  • IMO Number: 9320556
  • Port of Registry: Southampton/UK, Hamilton/Bermuda
  • Sister Ships: Queen Elizabeth

Current Location

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“Although basically the same platform and layout as the “Vista” series of ships (Examples: ARCADIA, CARNIVAL LEGEND, COSTA ATLANTICA, COSTA LUMINOSA, COSTA MEDITERRANEA and OOSTERDAM) the Cunard version has an additional passenger deck, a specifically strengthened hull lengthened by 11 metres and a much modified interior layout”

May 12th 2006: Keel laid.

January 2007: Float out.

January 15th 2007: Launched.

August 2007: Sea trials.

November 24th 2007: Completed for Carnival plc, London. Operator; Cunard Line Ltd, Southampton.

November 30th 2007: Left Venice for Southampton.

December 7th 2007: Arrived at Southampton.

December 10th 2007: Christened in Southampton by the Duchess of Cornwall.

December 11th 2007: Maiden cruise, 10-day to Northern Europe.

© John Wilson   © John Wilson

© John Wilson  © John Wilson

Queen Victoria – © John Wilson (Brisbane, 26/02/2008)


© John Wilson  © John Wilson

© John Wilson  © John Wilson

© John Wilson  © John Wilson

© John Wilson  © John Wilson

© John Wilson  © John Wilson

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May 14th  2008: On her first visit to Port Valletta, Malta, the throttles malfunctioned during berthing resulting in the vessel coming in to contact with a pier. The vessel remained in port for an extra night whilst repairs were carried out to the stern.

2015: Refit.

May 25th 2015: “Together in the Mersey to celebrate 175 years of the Cunard Line.”.

© Barry Graham

© Barry Graham (Mersey, 25/05/2015) (Left to Right; Queen Victoria, Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth)

May 2017: Second major overhaul of her career, which added new cabins aft, as well as refurbishing other spaces and adding new dining facilities. The modifications saw her passenger capacity increase.

Internet Source

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© Willem Oldenburg  © Willem Oldenburg

© Willem Oldenburg

Queen Victoria – © Willem Oldenburg (Ijmuiden, 01/01/2018)

May 26th 2020: Due at Dover.

May 26th 2020 (18:00): Call at the Port of Dover cancelled and heading back to Portland.

🆕 Queen Victoria heading back down the Channel having had her call at Dover cancelled (25/05/20) © Nigel Scutt (Dover Strait Shipping)

All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Jens Boldt, Barry Graham, Willem Oldenburg, John Wilson, Nigel Scutt (Dover Strait Shipping) and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)

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