A Southampton based cruise ship has sailed into the history books this week by becoming the biggest ever passenger liner to sail into the interior of the Amazon.

The Queen Victoria sailed into the Amazon basin this week to reach the rainforest city of Manus as part of a 120 day cruise which left Southampton on 5th January. The passengers on board sailed for over a 1,500 miles into the Amazon rainforest to visit the cities of Manus and Santarém and to witness the ‘Meeting of the waters’ where the black Rio Negro meets the brown Amazon.  After the Amazon the cruise liner will depart for the rest of its 41,000 mile voyage taking in the destinations of Rio de Janeiro, Melbourne, Wellington, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale.

Cunard’s Queen Victoria is the smallest in the fleet at 90,049 GT, but is the longest ship with a length of 964.5 ft. (294 m).  Known as one of the most luxurious cruise ships sailing the oceans, Queen Victoria is not a true ocean liner as she does not have the heavy plating throughout the hull nor the propulsion system employed by a dedicated transatlantic cruise ship.  It has however been noted that because of her classic décor and styling, the Queen Victoria must be regarded as a true cruise liner. Its 2,014 lucky passengers get to enjoy the sumptuous décor of the ship whilst dinning in its many restaurants.  Pre-dinner drinks can be taken in the Chart Room before sitting for dinner in the Queens Grill, Princess or Britannia Restaurants.  The ship also boasts an English Pub called The Golden Lion, a cocktail bar – The Commodore Club, Verve Cliquot Champagne Bar and a night club called Hemisphere.

The Queen Victoria is due to return to its home port of Southampton in May.