The latest ship to join the Cunard fleet paid her maiden visit to Greenock Ocean Terminal on 28 July. QUEEN VICTORIA, on a 10 day cruise around the British Isles, sailed from her home port of Southampton on 22 July.
En route to the Clyde she called at Cherbourg, Cork, Dublin, Liverpool and Belfast, before steaming slowly through the night to arrive at Greenock at around 0730.
Like QUEEN MARY 2, the new ship pays homage to the much-lamented QUEEN ELIZABETH 2 with her funnel design.
This ship is one of a series of Panamax cruise ships built for the Carnival Corporation. Sixth of the class to be completed by Fincantieri at their Marghera shipyard in Italy, she was delivered to Cunard in December 2007. She differs slightly from earlier ships as she was modified while under construction to cope better with Atlantic crossings although her main role is as a cruise ship.
She is to be joined in October by a new ship of similar design, which will carry the name QUEEN ELIZABETH.