Monday, March 08, 2010

Luxury ship Queen Victoria cruises into Kota Kinabalu

KOTA KINABALU: At a height of 179 feet, or 54.6 metres above waterline, Queen Victoria (QV) was certainly a grand sight when she anchored at Kota Kinabalu port yesterday.

This was the second visit of Queen Victoria to Kota Kinabalu before embarking to Hong Kong at 6pm yesterday, and later to Shanghai, Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore.

Queen Victoria is on its third Voyage of Discovery world tour of 106 days, starting from New York on Jan 12, carrying around 1,800 passengers and 900 crew members on her journey.

Kota Kinabalu was her 19th out of 41 ports the ship will visit.

The voyage includes three overnight stays in Sydney, Hong Kong and Dubai, plus 11 maiden calls to San Francisco, Adelaide, Halong Bay in Vietnam, Muscat in Oman and Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt.

Social hostess Jennifer Schaper said Queen Victoria was designed by Fincantieri, an Italian shipping company and one of the most advanced shipbuilders in the world.

Enter Queen Victoria and one immediately feels he or she has stepped into a world away from reality as the ship houses her own theatre, casino, pubs, cafes, shopping arcade, swimming pool, spas, gymnasium, night club, restaurants, art gallery and library.

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