Cunard's Queens Revealed: The Evolution of Six Great Passenger Ships
For the first time Cunard has three new flagship 'Queens' leading its fleet - Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth - continuing in a long line of majestic, luxurious and prestigious passenger ships named after queens which started with the launch of Queen Mary during the Depression in 1934. Over the years these ships became household names - holding records for the largest ships afloat and the Blue Riband for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic. Today QM2 holds the current record for the largest ocean liner ever built.Although many will have mourned the withdrawal of the QE2 from Cunard's service at the end of 2008, this book pays tribute to the illustrious career of this elegant liner as well as the glorious new chapter in ocean-going travel represented by the new generation of ships. Travel by cruise liner has grown enormously in popularity in the last few years and thousands will now travel every year on Queen Mary 2 (2003), Queen Victoria (2007) and Queen Elizabeth (2010), either on traditional liner services to the US or on cruise holidays.Author David L. Williams was granted access to the Cunard photo archive as well as on-board access to the new Queens to take photographs of areas not available to passengers as well as invitations to interview key personnel on the ships. This new title will form a comparison book of the six built Queens, tracking the evolution of these famous ships influenced by technological construction, social factors and developments. Produced in an attractive landscape format, it also focuses on the passenger experience and expectation. Lavishly illustrated with both interior and exterior photographs, it hosts an array of historical colour pictures.