Book Review: QUEEN VICTORIA A Photographic Journey


Queen Victoria Book Cover


A Photographic Journey

by Chris Frame and Rachelle Cross with an afterword by Commodore Rynd

120 pages, available in both hard and soft cover
The History Press

With over 200 colour images in the book, this is certainly a thorough photo survey of all of  Cunard’s QUEEN VICTORIA’s interiors.

The books take us on a tour from QUEEN VICTORIA’s Queen Grill Accommodation, through various cabin categories, and on to the restaurants then bars with numerous images to showing us the Queen’s and Princess Grills, the Britannia restaurant, Winter Garden, Lido Bar, Midship’s Bar and Golden Lion pub among others.

From her exquisite Grand Lobby to her Royal Court Theatre (complete with box seating), the lavish photographic record takes the reader on a journey through the entire ship.

I particularly enjoyed seeing parts of the ship not normally unavailable to the passengers, the bridge, the power plant, the stores, the galley and even the crew’s bar the “Pig & Whistle”. 

This bright and breezy book, well laid out with fun facts over loaded with photographs is the perfect gift for QUEEN VICTORIA fans, cruisers, and Cunard enthusiasts.


“QUEEN VICTORIA was the first in a new breed of Cunard Ships—her unique design, based on the Vista Class hull of Carnival Corporation, is strengthened and enhanced to give her the ability to cross the North Atlantic Ocean. This hybrid of ocean liner and cruise ship represents a new era for the 170-year-old Cunard Line, introducing one of the most luxurious ships to carry the Golden Lion. Built by Fincantieri and introduced into service in late 2007, QUEEN VICTORIA’s reign is young; however, she has had a notable career with royal engagements, tandem Atlantic crossings, and Gala-World Cruises where she has been welcomed internationally with open arms. This photographic journey around the modern yet stately QUEEN VICTORIA is full of quirky and amusing anecdotes and stories looking back over the life of QUEEN VICTORIA. Each room is described in light narrative with complementing photographs to create a lasting memento of a voyage aboard Cunard’s newest monarch.” – The History Press


Some QUEEN VICTORIA background from author Chris Frame:

“The idea of a third modern Queen was to become a reality in 2005. However the original design was unable to participate in the Cunard tradition of trans-Atlantic voyages. This resulted in the incomplete “QV” moving to P&O, to become known as ARCADIA.

On the December 3, 2004 a new contract was signed with Fincantieri shipbuilders. Work on the new QUEEN VICTORIA was started on April 14, 2005.

In true Cunard tradition, Queen Victoria is capable of crossing the North Atlantic in a direct route from New York to Southampton.

With an onboard atmosphere reminiscent of Cunard Liners from days gone by, QUEEN VICTORIA is just small enough to transit the Panama Canal allowing her to partake in the other Cunard tradition of annual world cruises.”

Martin Cox

Martin Cox

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 photography has been exhibited in LA, San Francisco, New York and London.The LA Maritime Museum has commissioned works and collected his photographs. 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. A catalog from his series STRANDED (twilight of the ocean liner) was also published last year.
Martin Cox

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