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British Invasion – Queen Elizabeth Comes to Portland Maine

Friday, September 23rd, 2011
Queen Elizabeth Cruise Ship

The MS Queen Elizabeth in Portland, Maine

Queen Elizabeth has made an appearance in Portland, Maine, however due to the fog you may just have to take our word on it. Cunard’s newest cruise ship The MS Queen Elizabeth is quite a sight. Weighing in at a staggering 92,000 gross tons and capable of carrying up to 2,092 passengers she is only slightly smaller than Cunard’s largest cruise ship, the Queen Mary II. As of September 1st she has officially turned 1. At the launch ceremony she was named by Her Majesty herself, Queen Elizabeth II in Southampton.

This is no ordinary cruise ship; this is a luxury ocean liner. Every inch of this ship is beautiful and extravagant. The décor evokes the era of the 1930s giving homage to the original RMS Queen Elizabeth which was built in 1938 and retired in 1968. You will be quick to notice many art deco touches all over the ship which give it a very high class look and feel. There are 6 Master and Grand Suites, all named after past Cunard Commodores who have since received knighthoods. No expenses were spared when creating these unique and luxurious rooms. Each room is covered in light woods and extravagant upholstery which creates a new level of elegance.

Queen Elizabeth Cruise Ship 2

Photos courtesy of Zwickerhill Photography

While staying on the QE passengers have a choice of many different restaurants, from an elegant two tier dining room to a quaint pub depending on your mood. For entertainment there is Deck 9 with its Garden Lounge and Games Deck. There is also a choice of fitness classes, sports courts, swimming pools and many traditional deck sports, like croquet. Passengers can also check out the extensive library, state of the art spa, or take in a film from the golden era in cinema.

Her presence in Portland marks her maiden visit to New England. This transatlantic cruise began its journey in Southampton, England. After six days on the Atlantic Ocean she arrived in New York City for a two night stay. Then she headed to Newport, Rhode Island. After a short trip north, she spent a day docked in Boston at the Black Falcon Cruise port in Massachusetts. This was followed by a day in Portland harbor and then a day in Bar Harbor. Afterwards it’s off to Canada to visit Halifax, Nova Scotia, Quebec and then Corner Brook before heading back home to England.