Everybody knows that the port of Odessa is a very cool place for huge and glamorous overseas ships to come. Today we'll tell you about three of them: the famous Queen Victoria, 3 years ago attacked by Somali pirates Nautica and French Levant.
At 90.000 GRT, the Queen Victoria is the third largest ship of Cunard Line after the Queen Mary 2 and built in 2010 Queen Elizabeth. The cost of this miracle is 300 million euros.
The keel of the Queen Victoria was laid on May 12, 2006. The liner was assembled out of 80 prefabricated blocks. Note that these were not just steel boxes but completely finished sections, including the interior decoration of cabins and other rooms.
The weight of each section is 325 tons. On January 15, 2007 after a bottle of Prosecco had been slammed against the board of the Queen Victoria, the ship was lowered into the water. During the ceremony, a traditional for Cunard Line ritual was performed - two coins (a euro and a gold sovereign of Queen Victoria's times) were laid at the base of one of the masts.
On December 7 the Queen Victoria was warmly welcomed in Southampton, her home port.