Queen Elizabeth is a vista-class cruise ship operated by the
Cunard Line. She is the second largest ship to be
constructed for Cunard, exceeded only by Queen Mary 2, and
is capable of carrying up to 2,092 passengers. The ship is
running mate to Queen Victoria and Queen Mary 2.
Queen Elizabeth is a modified design and she is slightly
larger than Queen Victoria, at 92,000 GT, largely due to a
more vertical stern.
The ship's name was announced by Cunard on 10 October 2007.
The company now operates three vessels once more (since the
retirement of Queen Elizabeth 2 in 2008). The naming of the
ship as Queen Elizabeth brings about a situation similar to
that between 1940 and 1948, when Cunard's original Queen
Elizabeth was in service at the same time as the Royal Navy
battleship HMS Queen Elizabeth. The Royal Navy plans to
introduce the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth into
service in 2016, six years after this ship joined the fleet.
The first master of Queen Elizabeth was Captain Chris Wells.