The connections by road, airport (international) and rail that make it possible to be in Madrid in two and a half hours also facilitate tourist access to other points of interest, making the Port of Malaga a gateway to the interior of the province, the country and the rest of the world.
The Port of Malaga expects to receive a total of 630,000 passengers travelling aboard 322 cruise ships in 2010. That means an increase of the number of cruise passengers arriving in Malaga City of 29.06% over the previous year. As far as Malaga Port as home port and interporting port calls are concerned, the cruise shipping lines will continue to bet on the port facilities in Malaga during 2010, both as origin and destination of their cruising itineraries. The Port of Malaga predicts the embarkation and disembarkation of 234,000 passengers during 2010, which would be an increase of 119.87% over the previous year.
More than 50% of the remaining maiden season, comprising six voyages (October – December 2010) was sold within 1½ hours.
Next Queen Elizabeth will make her first foray to the Med with her ‘Mediterranean Premiere’ voyage which departs on 25 October for 14-nights. Ports of call include Barcelona in Spain, Monte Carlo, Livorno (for Florence or Pisa), Civitavecchia (for Rome), Naples, Cartagena and Gibraltar. Fares will range from £1,299 for a D8 grade inside stateroom to £13,749 per person for a Q1 grade Grand Suite.
Carol Marlow, Cunard President and Managing Director, says:
“This is an impressive record set by what will be an impressive ship and speaks volumes for the Cunard brand as well as for the resilience of the cruise sector as a whole in these challenging times. It has also been very encouraging to see the level of interest in Queen Elizabeth coming from all our international markets with bookings from the UK, US and Germany particularly strong. I urge our travel partners and those guests who have not yet booked to move fast in order to secure their place in history on Queen Elizabeth during her maiden season”.
Already the youngest fleet in the industry, Cunard’s famous state-of-the-art award-winning vessels, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria will be, joined by Queen Elizabeth and all three will take Cunard’s 170 years of history, heritage, impeccable service and tradition far into the 21st Century. This is a legacy recognised by Cunard guests, with up to 97% saying they will recommend Cunard to a friend and 98% saying they will return.
Queen Elizabeth will feature the unique Cunard traditions linking her with her sisters Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria, and their predecessors, along with some exciting features that will give the vessel her own style and personality, plus all the modern day luxuries Cunard’s guests have come to expect.
Named after the first Queen Elizabeth, one of Cunard’s greatest ships, the new Queen Elizabeth will reference her predecessor in interior grandeur, décor and style, but with a modern twist. From the outside, her distinctive black and red livery will hint at an experience that differentiates a Cunard liner from a modern-day cruise ship. This will be most evident in the ship’s adherence to liner traditions, with elegant double and triple height public rooms on a grand scale, luxuriously endowed with rich wood panelling, intricate mosaics, gleaming chandeliers, and cool marbles. Art Deco features will pay homage to the original Queen Elizabeth, and will allow the new ship to reflect a more civilized era of travel.
As successor to Queen Elizabeth 2, the ship will also reflect this great liner through artworks and memorabilia, and its very own ‘Yacht Club’.
‘Aegean Introduction’ departs on 8 November and is a 19-night voyage calling at Malaga, Valletta, Venice, Dubrovnik, Kusadasi, Piraeus, Alicante and Gibraltar. Fares will range from £1,599 for a D8 grade inside stateroom to £16,719 per person for a Q1 grade Grand Suite.
The ‘Gallic Debut’ voyage is a five-night short break perfect for those wanting a short voyage while experiencing the world’s newest ocean liner. Departing Southampton on 26 November the voyage features an overnight call in Amsterdam and full days in Zeebrugge (for Bruges) and Le Havre (for Paris). Fares will range from £599 for a D8 grade inside stateroom to £5,199 per person for a Q1 grade Grand Suite.
Queen Elizabeth undertakes a second voyage to Spain and the Canaries - Canary Islands between 1 and 14 December before heading to the Caribbean for her first Christmas. This 22-night ‘A Caribbean Welcome’ calls at Funchal, Tortola, St Lucia, Grenada, Barbados, Antigua and the Azores. Christmas Day, New Years Eve and Day are spent at sea. Fares will range from £2,999 for a D8 grade inside stateroom to £24,999 per person for a Q1 grade Grand Suite.
The World Awaits Queen Elizabeth - Linley Artwork to be a Major Feature on Queen Elizabeth
20 May 2010 - Queen Elizabeth joins the Cunard fleet in October 2010 as the sixth Cunard Queen in Cunard’s illustrious 170 years history and the second largest Cunarder ever built. She will be the third Cunard Queen to bear the name Elizabeth and will join her sisters Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria as part of the youngest fleet in the world. Her unique style and personality will bear tribute to her forebears Queen Elizabeth and QE2.
The arrival of a new Cunard Queen is an auspicious and remarkable occasion and Queen Elizabeth will be no exception. As ‘The World Awaits’ to meet our new Queen and to admire her elegance and grace you will receive regular bulletins heralding her arrival and to tell you more about what makes her so special and so very anticipated.
This is the first in that series of special ‘The World Awaits’ announcements.
Cunard ships, while among the most modern afloat, are known for their traditional luxury, accentuated by extensive use of brass, classic fabrics, marble and highly polished woods.
One challenge for Queen Elizabeth’s designers was how to treat the significant central space on the sweeping staircase in the ship’s soaring Grand Lobby. Cunard’s President and Managing Director, Peter Shanks, says:
“We needed to fill that space with something which would not just be dramatic but which would also reflect our emphasis on traditional and sumptuous materials. After much thought and exploratory work, it was decided to commission a 5.6-metre (18 ft 6 in) high marquetry panel depicting the original Queen Elizabeth, an Art Deco icon, using a variety of natural woods from around the world.
“Once we had decided on the theme and the medium, it didn’t take us long to conclude that no-one was better qualified for this work than the company of the exceptional craftsman David Linley, whose creative ability and mastery of wood is renowned”.
As a result, Linley, a company specialising in the design and manufacture of fine furniture and marquetry was commissioned to design and make this stunning centrepiece at the heart of the ship. The magnificent artwork spans 2½ decks and shows the port bow of the original Queen Elizabeth seen dramatically from sea level. The piece is intricately executed using the technique of marquetry inlay in nine different types of wood veneers.
Queen Elizabeth will depart on her Maiden Voyage on Tuesday 12 October 2010. Although this voyage sold out in a record 29 minutes you can still book your place on one of her 2011 voyages which include 4 maiden visits to a new region.