Marine Log

Queen Victoria

February 20, 2006

Cunard reveals Victoria details

Carnival Corporation's Cunard Line has released details of its first Fincantieri-built ship, the 90,000 gt, 2,040 passenger Queen Victoria.

The GBP 300 million (about US $522 million) ship was recently floated out at the Marghera yard near Venice and is scheduled to be named in December 2007.

The ship will boast all the expected Cunard touches--and then some. Thus it will have a double height Queen's Room Ball Room and Britannia Restaurant and a triple height Grand Lobby plus an 800 seat theater with a cruising first: private boxes. A grand conservatory with central fountain and greenery, will have a retractable glass roof and moveable glass wall to the open swimming pool and what Cunard describes as "luxurious rattan furniture and ceiling fans, reminiscent of our colonial past."

Main dimensions are:
Length Overall: 964.5 feet (294 m)
Beam: 106 feet (32.3 m)
Beam at Bridge Wings: 120 feet (36.6 m)
Ddraft: 26.2 feet (8.0 m)
Height keel to funnel: 205 feet (62.5 m)
Height above waterline: 179 feet (54.6 m)

The ship will have 16 decks, 12 being passenger decks.

Queen Victoria will have six diesel engines, four 16 cylinder and two 12 cylinder engines. The diesel engines will be built by Wartsila and are of the Sulzer ZA40 design. Each cylinder has a bore of 400 mm with a piston stroke of 560mm. The combined power of all the engines is 63.4 MW.

The ship will be propelled by two podded drive propulsors manufactured by ABB in Finland. Each Azipod has a fixed pitch propeller and the combination of varying the speed of the propellers and the ability to rotate the pods independently through 360 degrees provides steering and maneuverability. Each pod absorbs a maximum power of 17.6 MW.

The ship's three bow thrusters each absorb a maximum power of 2.MW.

Normal cruising speed will be 18 knots and maximum speed: 23. 7 knots.

Fuel consumption when the engines are producing maximum power will be about 10 tonnes per hour

Queen Victoria will have one pair of folding fin stabilizers and each fin will have an area of 20 sq.m

There will be three high holding power anchors, each weighing just over 11 tonnes; two will be working anchors and the third is a spare mounted on the forward open space on deck 4. The chain cable will have a diameter of 95 mm (each link weighs around 82 kgs) and the ship will carry a total of 742.5 ms (two and half times the ship's length).

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