MS Queen Elizabeth is a Signature class cruise ship operated by the Cunard Line. She is the second largest ship to be constructed for Cunard, exceeded only by the Queen Mary 2, and is capable of carrying up to 2,092 passengers. The ship is running mate to the Queen Victoria and the Queen Mary 2.The Elizabeth is a modified design from earlier Vista class vessels, she is slightly larger than Queen Victoria, at 92,000 GT, largely due to a more vertical stern.
The ship's name was announced by Cunard on 10 October 2007. The company now operates three vessels once more (since the retirement of QE2 in 2008). The naming of the ship as Queen Elizabeth sees a situation similar to that between 1940 and 1948, when Cunard's original Queen Elizabeth was in service at the same time as the Royal Navy battleship HMS Queen Elizabeth. In 2016, six years after this ship joined the fleet, the Royal Navy plans to introduce the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth into service.
The first master of Queen Elizabeth is Captain Chris Wells.
At the end of October 2011 Queen Elizabeth and her fleet mates changed their registries to Hamilton, Bermuda, in order to host weddings aboard.