Cruising, the luxurious way

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IF you are looking to escape the winter blues, there can be few better ways than a cruise on board Cunard’s luxury liner, the Queen Elizabeth. Accommodation on board the Queen Elizabeth includes the spacious and sumptuously-furnished Queens Grill Suites, measuring from 505 to 2,131sq ft. Queens Grill guests receive priority embarkation, luggage delivery and disembarkation and are provided with a butler, a concierge service and 24-hour room service, so your every whim can be catered for. Dining options include in suite dining from the Queens Grill menu or a reserved table in the single seating Queens Grill Restaurant, which presents an exceptional dining experience.

Other accommodation options include the luxurious Princess Grill suites, measuring up to 513 square feet, which includes a full bathroom with a bath and shower. Princess Grill guests also receive priority embarkation and are provided with a concierge service, 24-hour room service and exclusive access to the elegant Grills Lounge, the Courtyard for al fresco dining and the spacious private deck area. Dining options include in suite dining from the Princess Grill menu or a reserved table in the single seating Princess Grill Restaurant, which of course features an outstanding array of á la carte creations.

Cunard’s traditional and highly popular afternoon tea is served daily in the Grills Lounge and in the Queens Room, an elegant and opulent ballroom. Flurries of white-gloved waiters serve selections of dainty sandwiches and delicious fresh scones with clotted cream and fruity jam, while the delightful strains of the resident orchestra entices couples onto the dance floor.

For more delicious pastries, speciality teas and aromatic coffees, Cafe Carinthia, overlooking the opulent Grand Lobby, is just the spot to watch the waves go by.

Guests are spoilt for choice when considering evening entertainment too. The Royal Court Theatre presents an extensive repertoire of extravagant musical shows and plays performed by the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Company, the Royal Cunard Singers and Dancers, and an assortment of guest entertainers and musicians. You may wish to reserve a private theatre box where, during the show, you can enjoy a bottle of chilled Champagne and a selection of handmade chocolate truffles. Prior to the performance, guests are welcome to relax in the Theatre Box Lounge where finger desserts and Champagne cocktails are served.

After the show, take a stroll along to the Queens Room on deck 2, where the most wonderful gala balls are held. The ballroom will be awash with glamorous ladies in fine, flowing gowns and gentlemen dressed in their finest attire. Couples show off their best dance moves accompanied by live bands and for those who wish to dance the night away, the Yacht Club offers after-hours tipples and music.

For a more laid back experience, visit the Commodore Club, providing breathtaking views across the ocean at the front of the ship, or visit the Golden Lion pub, which offers a wide variety of beers, cider and wines and you can also order tasty gastro pub-style cuisine.

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For those who wish to work off those calories, visit the Games Deck or take a dip in the Pavilion Pool or the Lido Pool. You can even join the early morning joggers on the Promenade Deck. For a more sedate affair, visit the Royal Spa and Fitness Centre to indulge in a relaxing manicure and pedicure or choose from a wide range of spa therapies and beauty treatments.

Be sure to wander around the art gallery, which offers an extensive collection of pieces for purchase, or browse the shops along the Royal Arcade, which displays a wide selection of Fortnum and Mason and Harrods products. The on board internet centre will enable you to keep in contact with your business, friends and family and the peaceful library is crammed with an impressive collection. Choose a book, head for the Promenade Deck, select a comfy deck lounger and relax.

And when the sun sets over the ocean you’ll reflect on another perfect day on board Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth.

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