QUEEN ELIZABETH Technical Figures:
Length = 294 m
Width = 32 m
Draught = 8 m
Maximum Speed = 23.7 knots
Passenger Capacity = 2,068
Staterooms = 1,034
Crew = 1,005
Cunard released a four-minute video describing the recent multi-million dollar refit of QUEEN ELIZABETH at the Blohm+Voss yard in Hamburg, Germany.
Among the upgrades a section of hull was removed to replace a 65 tonne alternator. While on the hotel side; nine new single staterooms were created, 25,000 square meters of carpeting repalced, 3,000 mattresses replaced, 1,200 flat screen TVs installed, along with new awnings on the sun decks, remodeled the Lido restaurant and Royal Arcade shopping area.
Over 20 days in May and June 2014, 950 contractors worked with ship’s staff around the clock to complete the work.
Eight outside and one inside single staterooms were added to the ship. The single staterooms measure 159 to 162 square feet, with features including:
Ideal central location, mid-ships in close proximity to the social areas of the Empire Casino, the Royal Court Theatre and the Queens Room
Small double beds with generous width of more than 47”
Large windows giving plenty of natural daylight and excellent views (outside staterooms only)
Sun awnings have been erected on the open area near the Lido pool at the stern on Deck 9 and on both sides of the Grills Upper Terrace area near the top of the ship to offer more shade out on deck. The creation of a dedicated studio enables the ship’s photographers to offer high-end portraiture.
Shopping in the Royal Arcade on Deck 3 has been transformed: new Fine Jewelry and Watch shops have opened and the layout, and lighting.
Scrubber technology has been installed to reduce environmental impact with a new filtration system for the exhaust gas from the ship’s engines.
MARTIN COX - Founder and publisher of MaritimeMatters, inspired by maritime culture and technology growing up in the port of Southampton. He works as a photographer in Los Angeles, and his works has been exhibited in LA, San Francisco, New York, London and Iceland.Martin is the co-writer of the book “Hollywood to Honolulu; the story of the Los Angeles Steamship Company” published by the Steam Ship Historical Society of America. The Los Angeles Maritime Museum has commissioned artworks and collected his photographs.
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