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Queen Victoria Refit 2015
« on: Aug 13, 2014, 06:44 PM »
QUEEN VICTORIA TO UNDERGO MULTI-MILLION POUND REFIT
AT BLOHM+ VOSS SHIPYARD JANUARY 2015


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 in the future 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 the footprint is increasing significantly, new Fine Jewellery and Watch shops are opening and the layout, lighting and overall shopping experience for passengers is being enhanced.

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

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 her 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. 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:

 “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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Re: Queen Victoria Refit 2015
« Reply #1 on: Aug 13, 2014, 09:12 PM »
Just over 4 months notice to passengers who have probably orgnised holidays round this time, and a shorter 5 nighter which are always popular with the newcomers..and a £100 cruise credit..who gains the best, the ones on the shorter cruise or the 12 nighters....
Surely such things are planned many many months in advance.
I know if l was booked on such a trip (and lm not) l would be furious. For many folks, and l remember those days, l had cruises booked a great many months in advance and the dates were set in stone.
Any thoughts ?
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Re: Queen Victoria Refit 2015
« Reply #2 on: Aug 13, 2014, 09:28 PM »
Myles, Cunard have form for altering things like this!

Remember, I booked my honeymoon as a westbound TA and arranged everything else around it only for them to change it a couple of months later into a round the Med cruise...  on that occasion I was able to persuade them - after a lot of argument - to allow us to book only the first half of the cruise and pay pro rata; we disembarked at Civitavecchia ( on QE2's maiden call there, thus becoming the first passengers* ever to leave the QE2 at that port ) and flew from Rome to New York, arriving at New York only a few hours later than originally planned.


*Possibly the only two ever unless on subsequent Med cruises "part sectors" were available?
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Re: Queen Victoria Refit 2015
« Reply #3 on: Aug 13, 2014, 10:57 PM »
Just over 4 months notice to passengers who have probably orgnised holidays round this time, and a shorter 5 nighter which are always popular with the newcomers..and a £100 cruise credit..who gains the best, the ones on the shorter cruise or the 12 nighters....
Surely such things are planned many many months in advance.
I know if l was booked on such a trip (and lm not) l would be furious. For many folks, and l remember those days, l had cruises booked a great many months in advance and the dates were set in stone.
Any thoughts ?

It certainly doesn't sound particularly generous.  The bearing issue appears to have more to tell as well!

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Re: Queen Victoria Refit 2015
« Reply #4 on: Aug 14, 2014, 12:31 AM »
All of those azipod bearings were theoretically spec'd for a 5 year inspection/service cycle IIRC.  It doesn't sound like that's worked out in too many cases, and not just for Cunard.  RCCI had one go bad straight out of the gate, and that one had to be replaced by the time the ship made its first port.

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Re: Queen Victoria Refit 2015
« Reply #5 on: Aug 14, 2014, 01:35 PM »
All very interesting. Thanks for sharing :)
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Re: Queen Victoria Refit 2015
« Reply #6 on: Aug 14, 2014, 11:43 PM »
Myles, to be fair to them, you have repeatedly mentioned on here how unhappy you were that the new queens had no single cabins, and now they've addressed that...
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Re: Queen Victoria Refit 2015
« Reply #7 on: Aug 15, 2014, 05:10 PM »
Thank you, Rob, for posting the information about Queen Victoria. 
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Re: Queen Victoria Refit 2015
« Reply #8 on: Aug 15, 2014, 06:45 PM »
This is a little off topic, but it seems the Azipods and propulsion pods in general have been somewhat problematic in a number of ships.  Does anyone have any specific information about which ships and what type of propulsion pod each had ?  Also, what kind of problems have been arising and what is the technical cause of them ?

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Re: Queen Victoria Refit 2015
« Reply #9 on: Aug 15, 2014, 07:34 PM »
I know QM2 has Rolls Royce pods, which were the subject of litigation now settled in Cunard's favor, with the problems of which I am aware being bearing related--as are virtually all pod problems to my knowledge.   I believe Rolls is now out of the "pod" business, and I seem to recall ABB being mentioned as a significant supplier, with their pods also suffering from a perhaps lesser degree bearing problems in the form of metal filings wearing off into the circulating oil and accelerating wear on the rollers which make up the bearing.  Doubtless there are others here with actual hands-on knowledge, however.

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Re: Queen Victoria Refit 2015
« Reply #10 on: Aug 15, 2014, 07:50 PM »
Thank you, Jeff, very much for the information you have given us.  The bearing problem does seem to be the main issue.  I would like to hear more if possible.

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Re: Queen Victoria Refit 2015
« Reply #11 on: Aug 15, 2014, 08:34 PM »
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Myles, to be fair to them, you have repeatedly mentioned on here how unhappy you were that the new queens had no single cabins, and now they've addressed that...     

Yes Rob Cunard have addressed that. And l guess we should heap thanks on them for doing so, However i along with a great many others have repeatedly mentioned the single cabin debate and indeed since day one and the preview tour of QM2, and how long ago was that. A lot of the single brigade have mentioned the single cabin issue and harped on to Cunard till we were blue in the face, and you what they did sod all. When bookings were slow Cunard might then might trot out the low rates to singles.

 They had a golden chance to keep a very regular and loyal client base, We were the ones who on QE2 who simply had to get in there first on booking day to get the cabin we wanted. Its ok for all you couples out there you had heaps of other cabins to choose from, we didnt.
Sadly we didnt count for much compared to the fabled weddings at sea group, and look what Cunard did for those, those people, the brides who DEMANDED yes demanded such things, it said so in one of the plublicity blurbs that went out. Cunard were very quick to rush through that idea, heck they even reflagged the ships for the brides at sea. and yet still nothing for the single travellers.

Rob lm afraid times move on, Had Cunard cared a little they could have kept my loyality, a Diamond Club member, and always on QE2 and always in a single cabin, and more often than not a passenger who booked on the very first day you could. I was actually booked on Queen Elizabeth for one of her early voyages in a cabin for two for sole use, and for the fare could have flown half way round the world, But l cancelled that. and we all know the reasons...

So yes times do move on, granted Cunard have reacted to the single cabin issue debate, but rather than lock the stable door after the horse has bolted, the horse has found new found freedom, yes perhaps the horse does look back and wonder "what if" but as with the position, he now has a wider view and a vew he enjoys.

In saying that, I WILL BOOK ANOTHER CUNARD CRUISE, and before you all have a fit and wonder have l lost all my marbles, It will be a very cold day in Hell before l do so...But Cunard have at least addressed the issue, alas for some its to late.
   
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