Cunard Line’s Queen Victoria cruise ship has started its 2015 World Voyage following the 20-day refurbishment at the Blohm & Voss shipyard in Hamburg.
During the revitalisation programme, 2,000 contractors have completed 600,000 man hours around the clock to replace the 215,278ft² of carpet in the passenger areas.
In addition, the project included renewal of all 3,167 mattresses on-board and replacement of more than 19,685ft² of pipe insulation.
The vessel also received nine brand new, single staterooms as part of the programme and around 2,695gal of paint was used.
Cunard North America president Rick Meadows said: "The results of Queen Victoria’s refit are a true testament to Cunard’s ability to respond to passenger input.
"We are delighted to incorporate their wish for more outdoor space with enhancements to the Upper Grill Terrace and additional areas for sunbathing. We also provided more single staterooms for our single travellers."
The refurbishment programme also included refreshing existing furnishings, improvements to the outdoor spaces, beverage provision in the ship’s informal Lido restaurant and installation of eight brand new internet stations on the upper floor of the library.
MS Queen Victoria is a hybrid design between the Vista-class of Holland America and the Spirit-class of Carnival.
This 294m-long and 36.6m-wide cruise ship was constructed by Fincantieri Maritimo and its maiden voyage took place in December 2007.
Image: Queen Victoria setting sail from Southampton after refurbishment work. Photo: courtesy of PRNewsFoto/Cunard Line.