Valencia, CA, Nov 21 – In a move that underscores Cunard’s tradition of British heritage and ongoing attention to historical detail, the Line will introduce the sport of fencing, a favorite pastime of Prince Albert, husband and consort of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, aboard its newest ocean liner, Queen Victoria, when she enters service on December 10, 2007. To craft the program, which is another cruise industry first, Cunard turned to Leon Paul Fencing Equipment, the British company whose name has been synonymous with fencing for nearly a century. Run by and for competitive fencers, members of the Leon Paul family have competed in 20 Olympic Games and 30 World Championships, winning 25 national titles.
“Much like the award-winning enrichment programs aboard our ships, the sports and recreation program is designed to provide unique and stimulating guest experiences. The addition of fencing, which relies on keen strategic thinking, does just that,” said Carol Marlow, president of Cunard Line.
Cunard guests will have an opportunity to learn fencing basics or fine-tune their fencing skills with a fully certified instructor using equipment identical to that used by world champions. The fencing program can accommodate up to 10 aspiring or accomplished fencers at a time for foil fencing, the preferred method for elementary fencing classes due to the flexible and lightweight blade and blunted tip. Fencing instruction for guests aged 16 and up will be provided daily by a fully certified fencing instructor.
Other recreational activities include paddle tennis, shuffle board, chess, deck quoits (the maritime version of horse shoes), ping pong, and golf in two golf nets. For more information about Cunard Line and Queen Victoria, contact your travel professional, call 1-800-7-CUNARD or go to www.cunard.com.