Cunard ship Queen Victoria is being taken out of service for a month for a £34 million refit.

The work is due to take place between May 5 and June 4 at the Fincantieri shipyard at Palermo in Italy.

The 2,014-passenger ship, which entered service almost ten years ago, will see 43 mid-ship cabins converted into Britannia Club staterooms with a dedicated Britannia Club Dining restaurant.

The refurbished accommodation will include new carpets, soft furnishings, flat screen TVs, as well as tea and coffee-making facilities.

The ship’s Grand suites and Penthouse suites are being redesigned, and a new Chart Room bar will be introduced.

Five new Penthouse suites will feature floor-to-ceiling windows with defined living and sleeping spaces and bathrooms with natural light.

The Chart Room will be off the Grand Lobby, where Café Carinthia is currently located. The Chart Room will feature illy coffee, Godiva chocolate treats and light bites by day and stellar cocktails by night.

A “gin and fizz” themed menu wil be introduced to the Midships Lounge, including wines, proseccos, cavas and champagne alongside premium gins and spirits.

More details on Queen Victoria’s refurbishment will follow over the coming months, according to the company.

Senior vice president, Simon Palethorpe, said: “This investment in Queen Victoria just goes to demonstrate Cunard’s passion for delivering an experience that exceeds guests’ expectations in luxury travel by sea.

“For the first time on Queen Victoria, guests can enjoy an elevated experience with large, well-appointed balcony staterooms in prime locations and the new Britannia Club Restaurant will be the perfect setting for those who prefer a more intimate dining experience in one of the finest restaurants at sea.”