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08/19/2011 01:16 pm ET | Updated Oct 08, 2011

The Cunard Queen Elizabeth: A Huffington Post Travel Cruise Ship Guide

The Cunard Queen Elizabeth is a popular floating resort. The waters are crowded with sea-worthy vessels, so to make planning easier, we've done all the prep work for a cruise vacation. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on cruise ships, here is a tip sheet offering all the key information one could ever need to know about the Cunard Queen Elizabeth.

Destination

The Queen Elizabeth sails everywhere -- in fact, the ship circumnavigates the world twice a year. Passengers explore ports ranging from the Holy Land to Los Angeles and from St. Petersburg to the Bahamas, with the option of taking the entire 111-night cruise or joining the ship for only part of the voyage.

Elegant Ship

The Queen Elizabeth shares a deck design with her sister ship, the Queen Victoria; however, the design features Art Deco touches that are reminiscent of the original Queen Victoria, which was launched in the 1940s. Memorabilia from the Queen Elizabeth 2 can also be found aboard this newest ship that bears the royal name.

Special Features

With nearly one staff member for every two passengers, the centerpiece of the Queen Elizabeth is service -- and the ship certainly has something for everyone. The Children's Programme employs licensed nannies to play with children and provide them with a rich cruising experience. Older guests can follow Cunard history in the Cunarder's Place, study art in the Clarendon Fine Art Gallery, or take a splash in either of the Queen Elizabeth's two pools.

Accommodations

Staterooms aboard the Queen Elizabeth offer taste and style. They range in size from 152 square feet for an interior cabin to 2,131 square feet for a Grand Suite. The decor features light-colored upholstery and drapes with rich wood accents.

Cost

The Queen Elizabeth offers a wide-ranging assortment of cruises, and the prices vary greatly. A two-night cruise from Hamburg, Germany, to Southampton, England, starts around $505 per person for an inside cabin. However, the 111-night cruise around the world runs $21,951 for the same inside cabin, and the world cruise in the Grand Suite costs over $200,000 per person.

Excursions

Queen Elizabeth passengers recommended the Cunard tours in Hamburg and St. Petersburg. According to one reviewer, the St. Petersburg tour offered a two-day visit to the city, but both tours returned to the ship late. Since the excursions were contracted through the Cunard line, though, the ship waited for the tardy guests.

Dining Experience

Diners aboard the Queen Elizabeth are assigned different dining areas according to their room, with the option of either an early or late seating for the dining room. Passengers who stay in Britannia staterooms, which include interior and ocean-view cabins, dine in the Britannia Dining Room, whereas passengers who opt for the Princess suites dine at the Princess Grill. Guests staying in the Queen, Master, Grand or Penthouse suites dine in the Queens Grill, the most luxurious dining room on the ship. A proper English tea is served daily.

Maiden Voyage

The Queen Elizabeth launched in October 2010. The trip was highly anticipated by cruise devotees and those who loved the Queen Elizabeth 2 -- tickets for the maiden voyage of this newest ship sold out within an hour of their release.

In The News

The Queen Elizabeth has made news with the record sellout of its maiden voyage.

WATCH:

The official Cunard footage of the Queen Elizabeth's launch.

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