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Cunard declares “Queens Day” at Kiel’s Ostseekai

Cunard has declared 17th July to be “Queens Day” in Kiel.

The shipping company, along with Kiel residents, holidaymakers and visitors will all be able to mark the special event together at the Ostseekai Cruise Terminal. A ‘Queens Village’ has been erected especially for the day on the north of the terminal site bordering on the famous Kiellinie Fiord Promenade. In the village, cruise shipping enthusiasts and all those interested in ships will find everything they need to know about cruise shipping, along with regional gastronomic attractions and much more. Among the afternoon highlights will be a Champagne Tea, taking place on a 70-metre long sofa.

Another highlight will be the official plaque and key ceremony at which City President Hans-Werner Tovar and the Managing Director of the Port of Kiel Dr Dirk Claus will present Captain Simon Love and Cunard Germany Managing Director Anja Tabarelli with the traditional commemorative plaque awarded by the Schleswig-Holstein federal state capital to ships visiting the port for the first time. “It is a great honour for me to welcome the ‘Queen Victoria’ on her maiden visit to Kiel”, said City President Tovar. “I am also delighted that so many people are able to take part in the ‘Queens Village’ events. I also welcome the fact that Cunard is donating the proceeds from the Champagne Tea to the Kieler Förde Hospice”, he added.

The “Queen Victoria” is of more than 90,900 GT and is 294 m long and 32 m wide. She accommodates up to 1,990 passengers in well over 1,000 cabins. The ship arrived early on Tuesday morning, July 17th, from St Petersburg in Russia and was escorted to her berth by a port tug to the accompaniment of a water fountain display. A Baltic cruise which began nine days earlier in Hamburg was ending in Kiel for 740 mainly German-speaking passengers. For the majority of the remaining English-speaking passengers, however, the visit to Kiel was just a stopover on a cruise to Southampton.

“Kiel is not only the ideal start and destination port for German-speaking cruise ship clientele but also a tourist destination for international passengers on a running cruise”, said Dr Claus. “I am very pleased with the way Cunard has so successfully combined the two.” When the transit guests arrive back at the ship in the afternoon after their day trips, 760 new passengers will be boarding Queen Victoria either to take part in a short three-day cruise or join a Mediterranean cruise which will follow. City President Tovar commented: “I would like to thank the Cunard Line sincerely for the excellent co-operation – something we want to expand in future”. In 2019 ‘Queen Victoria’ will visit Kiel not just once but twice and can be admired on both 9th May and 25th July on the Kiel Fjord.