Saturday, 1 March 2008

Queen Victoria Visits Napier

No. This is not an account of an historical visit by the Queen of England and Everywhere Else. Timed to occur on Art Deco Weekend Cunard's newest cruise liner, MV Queen Victoria, arrived amid much trumpet blowing. The liner is the largest ever to have visited Napier. From sea level she appeared absolutely enormous. The largest of man-made things can appear small when viewed from nature's monuments and from the top of Bluff Hill she looks relatively modest.

This is the first Cunard Line ship built by Fincantieri at the Marghere Shipyard near Venice, one of the most technically advanced shipbuilders in the world who have built more than 7,000 vessels.

Facts and figures:

Key Dates
Official start date of work: 14 April 2005
Keel Laying: 12 May 2006
Float Out: January 2007
Sea Trials: August 2007
Naming Ceremony: December 2007
Guest Accommodation

990 staterooms

Gross Tonnage90,000 tons
Length964.5 feet (294 metres)
Width106 feet (32.3 metres)
Draft25.9 feet (7.9 metres)
Height179 feet (54.5 metres)
Guest Capacity2,000

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