Building on over fifty years of award-winning cruise excellence, Cunard aims to ensure your ocean holiday is as memorable as it deserves to be. With its flagship liners Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth among the most modern, luxurious liners gracing the seas today, a cruise with Cunard is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience.
Cunard Destinations From their fabulous North American tour, to experiencing the fascinating culture and frozen landscapes of Scandinavia, Cunard are able to boast such a variety of cruise packages that your only problem will be choosing your favourite. The best of what Cunard can offer you includes:
- World Voyage
- Transatlantic Crossing
- Short weekend cruises to destinations such as Paris, Bilbao, Boston and Hamburg
- USA and Canada tours, featuring a stop in Hawaii
- Scandinavia, the Baltics and Iceland
- Northern Europe and the UK
- Mediterranean tours
- The Canaries, Madeira and the Azores
- The Caribbean, Mexican Riviera and Panama Canal
Cunard Accommodation Make your holiday really special with a stay in Cunard’s exclusive ‘Grill’ suites. The Queens Grill is the top of the tree here, with priority boarding, personal butler service and champagne and strawberries on arrival just some of the perks available. Get access to your ship’s most private balconies and restaurants from your Princess Grill suite, or settle down in your spacious Britannia Club Balcony or Britannia Balcony accommodation. Alternatively, enjoy gazing out over the beautiful ocean scenery from a Britannia Oceanview stateroom. Cunard also pride their Inside Staterooms as being among the largest and most comfortable of any cruise liner you can find.
Cunard Food and Entertainment Dining on board a Cunard ship is sure to be a memorably experience. Your choice of restaurants ties in with your choice of accommodation, with Queens Grill guests able to access the exclusive Queens Grill Experience. Princess Grill guests and Britannia Balcony visitors have their own equivalent eateries, while all manner of delicious cuisine is open to all guests, from traditional English pubs to fabulous themed nights, with different dish on offer every day.
Spend your days in whatever way you wish, as Cunard lays on enough entertainment and relaxing diversions to keep you occupied for the duration of your voyage. Whether you want to keep active on the tennis courts, relax with a drink or spend the day being pampered in a luxury spa, you can be sure that your time with Cunard will be a pleasant one.
Cunard Cruise Ships Cunard pride themselves on having the most famous ocean liners in the world, an assertion supported by their three spectacular ships, all equally equipped to give you the cruise of your dreams:
- Queen Mary 2
- Queen Elizabeth
- Queen Victoria
The most recent addition to the Cunard fleet, the majesty of this follow up to the world famous QE2 will leave you breathless. Decorated in homage to the first Queen Elizabeth, she is a spectacular vessel on which to explore the ocean waves, wherever your destination.
Queen Elizabeth – What to do
With such a rich a history, it is no surprise to find nods to the past so prevalent on board Queen Elizabeth, with Cunard Place offering an engaging history lesson and the Cunarder’s Gallery displaying photographs of the famous faces to have set foot on board Cunard’s fleet. More celebrity names from Cunard’s illustrious past can be found on screen at the Classic Film Club.
Elsewhere, enjoy a relaxing day at Queen Elizabeth’s famous Royal Spa, or take to the deck for a game of tennis, a swim or enter a tournament to win one of the ship’s entertaining on deck games. Guests can also place their bets at the Empire Casino, or enjoy a stylish garden party on the specially created terrace at the rear of the ship. Classy afternoon tea is also a daily occurrence, complete with scones and white-gloved waiters.
Alternatively, sit back and enjoy the view in one of Queen Elizabeth’s bars and lounges. The original Queen Elizabeth cruise liner is remembered in the ornate Midships Bar, while guests can enjoy a pre-dinner martini at the Commodore Club. There are all sorts of settings on Queen Elizabeth to enjoy a drink, from the very British Golden Lion pub, to drinks on your sun lounger by the Pavilion Pool or a wild night in the beautiful Yacht Club nightspot.
Queen Elizabeth – Where to eat
Grill guests always have the advantage of having a nightly reserved table at either the Queens Grill or Princess Grill, where they can take advantage of the sumptuous menu in a beautiful, exclusive setting. As far as dining experiences go, this is truly the jewel in the Cunard crown. Britannia Balcony and Britannia Oceanview customers also have access to their own private dining area, the Britannia Experience, a beautifully decorated restaurant, with its ornate staircase and dazzling chandelier making dinner quite an event.
Elsewhere, take in a delightful afternoon tea in Cunard’s signature Queens Room, or enjoy a superbly indulgent pastry at Café Carinthia. For a heartier meal, the Golden Lion Pub serves traditional British fare, accompanied by an impressive array of beers and ciders. The Lido Restaurant affords the diner a unique experience for every night of your journey, with creative menus alternating nightly, each related to a different theme. Alternatively, The Verandah boasts a stunning menu of authentic French cuisine.
The Staterooms of Queen Elizabeth
With all the luxuries guests can experience during the day on board Queen Elizabeth, it is only fitting that your accommodation should match this standard. Cunard cruise line ensures this is emphatically the case, with beautiful, spacious accommodation for all guests, from the palatial Queens Grill suites to the cosy Inside Staterooms. Grill customers can of course expect a few unique touches, with Queens Grill guests afforded their own personal butler. Grill rooms are the largest available on board Queen Elizabeth, with stunning living areas and luxurious bathrooms giving way to a delightful private terrace.
Britannia Balcony customers, as you would expect, can enjoy the stunning ocean views from their own balcony, while Britannia Oceanview rooms sport a window looking out over the sea. Finally, Inside Staterooms give guests a lovely, comfortable space to retire to at the end of a long day enjoying all that Queen Elizabeth has to offer.
Setting sail in 2004 to replace the original Queen Mary, the flagship of the Cunard fleet is truly a sight to behold. Weighing in at over 151,000 tonnes, she can cater for 2,620 guests on her journeys around Cunard’s portfolio of paradise destinations, from the impressive sights of Northern Europe to the golden sands of the Caribbean.
Queen Mary 2 – What to do
With Cunard cruise line, you are of course free to spend your time as you please. However, should you wish to have the work done for you, Cunard has prepared a fantastic programme of daytime activities to keep you entertained, from a traditional afternoon tea to boutique shopping in outlets such as exclusive high street store Harrods. Alternatively, relax with a stroll through Queen Mary 2’s fine arts gallery and the Images photo gallery, or try something new with the Cunard Connexions activity programme, offering events such as art classes and dancing lessons. Athletic types can indulge in a swim, a few sets of tennis or a step into virtual reality with Queen Mary 2’s 51-course golf simulator.
Spend your evenings in style with Queen Mary 2’s selection of bars and after dinner entertainment. Take in the fresh sea air with a glass of champagne at the Terrace Bar, or retreat indoors to warm up with Churchill’s selection of whisky, rum, calvados and cognac. The Golden Lion offers guests the traditional English pub experience in the middle of the ocean, while the Commodore Club offers arguably the best view Queen Mary 2 has to offer, with guests able to take in the horizon over the bow of the ship. If all that does not get you ready for bed, then head on over to the two-level G32 nightclub.
Queen Mary 2 – Where to eat
Grill guests are of course free to take their seat in Queen Mary 2’s Queens Grill and Princess Grill Experience, while the ship’s quintessential dining experience is found at the Britannia Experience, where Cunard’s experienced chefs prepare their own original take on delicious well-known dishes.
Choice is the key at Kings Court, where fabulous breakfasts and lunches give way to four themed dining areas. Lotus offers the best in Asian cuisine, the Carvery showcases perfectly prepared roast meats, La Piazza gives guests their favourite Italian dishes and, most intriguingly of all, the Chef’s Galley affords visitors the opportunity to witness the skilled techniques required to create Kings Courts fantastic menu. Elsewhere, celebrated US chef Todd English has prepared a sumptuous menu for his on board restaurant, with his creative specialities the perfect complement to the wonderful poolside settings.
The Staterooms of Queen Mary 2
Wherever you choose to stay on board Queen Mary 2, you can be sure that your nights will be among the most comfortable you can find at sea. Cunard is able to boast Inside Staterooms that would rival the most luxurious of hotel accommodation, so you can be sure that lower priced accommodation need not mean lower quality. For those who want the sun streaming in through the windows every morning, or simply just a view over the ocean waves, a Britannia Oceanview stateroom is the choice for you. Britannia Club Balcony rooms give guests their own private balcony, allowing you to spend a quiet evening on your own if you wish, relaxing on your terrace and enjoying the scenery.
Cunard’s exclusive Grill customers have the choice of Queens Grill or Princess Grill suites, offering large, palatial apartments with expansive private terraces and personal butler service. Grill guests can also enjoy other perks such as priority boarding and champagne and strawberries on arrival, giving your holiday on board Queen Mary 2 a unique feel.
Visitors will find much to marvel at aboard Cunard’s ‘classic’ cruise liner, Queen Victoria. Since her launch in late 2007, up to 2,000 guests at a time have stepped into the fabulous three-tiered entrance hall. Grandly decorated, it is a good indicator of the splendour to come as you embark on your journey to one of Cunard’s beautiful destinations, from the sun-kissed Mediterranean to an exhilarating Transatlantic voyage.
Queen Victoria – What to do
Spend your days enjoying the delightful variety of entertainment and things to do that the Queen Victoria has to offer. The Royal Spa offers a unique experience, with guests able to enjoy a day of pampering whilst gazing out over the surrounding sea. Further offerings for those aiming to enhance their physical wellbeing include the gymnasium, fitness classes, swimming pool, or Queen Victoria’s exclusive fencing lessons.
For something a little less strenuous, join in the on deck board games, view the collection of maritime memorabilia in the Cunardia exhibition, or try your luck in the Empire Casino. In the evenings, treat yourself to a private box in the magnificent Royal Court Theatre and enjoy the shows.
Those who prefer to sit and relax with a drink have much to choose from with Queen Victoria. For a taste of Cunard’s wonderful range of teas and coffees, Café Carinthia is the place to go, while you will find no more peaceful retreat than the open air Winter Garden. For something stronger, Churchill’s offers a large selection of fine whiskies, ports and rums, accompanied by one of their quality cigars. The Veuve Clicqout Champagne Bar is the ideal choice if you are looking for something sparkling, while if you want a good old pint of beer or cider then the Golden Lion pub is sure to have something to your taste.
Queen Victoria – Where to eat
Whatever the time of day, if it is quality food you want then Queen Victoria will certainly have something to savour. A breakfast time snack can be enjoyed with the selection of indulgent pastries served at Café Carinthia. For lunch, hearty British pub classics can be found on the menu at the Golden Lion, or for something a bit special, head down to the Queen Room for traditional afternoon tea.
Dinner with Queen Victoria is an experience that will delight you for every day of your voyage, with highlights including nightly themed menus at the Lido Restaurant and the splendid cuisine of renowned American chef Todd English. Grill customers are of course free to enjoy their meal in the exclusive Queens Grill and Princess Grill areas.
The Staterooms of Queen Victoria
After a busy day enjoying yourself on board Queen Victoria, you will doubtless be looking forward to a good night’s sleep. Whatever style of accommodation you choose to use during your stay, Cunard cruise line takes great pride in ensuring your stay is a restful and luxurious one. For a true sense of splendour, the Queens Grill and Princess Grill Suites offer something special, with spacious living areas, splendid bathrooms and, for Queen Grill customers, a personal butler who will attend to all your needs. You also have the use of your own private terrace.
Elsewhere, Britannia Club Balcony accommodation gives the guest a beautiful balcony on which to sit and relax, while the comfortable bed is always welcome after the day’s exertions. Britannia Oceanview rooms offer a peaceful corner to rest and enjoy your sleep as the efforts of Queen Victoria’s turn down team ensure your bed is ready whenever you are. Inside Staterooms, whilst the cheapest accommodation Cunard offers, are anything but basic, with a space that rivals any exclusive hotel room and five star levels of comfort waiting for you at the end of your day.
Where does the Cunard experience begin? With the famous White Star Service, of course from the moment you step on board, the constant priority is to make you feel welcome. In fact, matching your expectations instinctively is what Cunard do best. British officers uphold the highest standards.
As you arrive at your embarkation terminal, savour the delicious thrill of anticipation.
Along the quay and then on deck, excitement builds. After being shown to your stateroom, take a stroll to acquaint yourself with one of the world’s most famous liners. Now sound the horn and strike up the band! As the coastline falls away and you dress for your first dinner at sea, relax – your Cunard holiday has just began
Greet each new morning in the spirit of freedom. Will you venture ashore, or broaden your inner horizon right here? From wine to gardening, Beaujolais to begun Lizzies, there is a lively talk to fire every imagination. Chill out – the kids are being happily entertained! The most relaxing ambiance is yours to soak up throughout your perfect day.
The Industrial Revolution had progressed far enough by the 1830's to make the idea of transatlantic communication by means of a fleet of steamships plausible. The desire for dependable delivery of the mails on which imperial communication and commerce depended prompted the government of Her Majesty Queen Victoria to invite interested parties to bid for a contract to provide this service. Samuel Cunard of Halifax, Nova Scotia, was the successful contender. His contract to deliver the mail across the Atlantic from Great Britain to North America was signed on May 4, 1839, and originally involved a commitment to provide three steamships of 800 tons and 300 horsepower. Samuel Cunard was a highly successful and enterprising Canadian businessman and one of a group of 12 individuals who directed the affairs of Nova Scotia. Cunard had the reputation for being not only a very astute businessman but also an individual with exceptional diplomatic ability.
In order to successfully carry out his contract, Cunard solicited the assistance of Robert Napier, an engineering genius who was responsible for creating the engines of some of the best new ships of his day. Cunard also needed financial backing and received it from three accomplished businessmen: James Donaldson, George Burns and David Maclver. These five men founded the British and North American Royal Mail Steam Packet Company, later known as "Cunard Line".
Sir Samuel died April 28th, 1865. In 1981, Sir Samuel Cunard was inducted in ASTA's Travel Hall of Fame in honour of his contribution to developing transatlantic travel.
The most fun you can have doing all the things you never have time for Daytime heralds a world of delightful indulgences, from a delicious spa treatment to the finest shopping at sea. Everyone knows that a key factor in the richly seductive promise of a Cunard cruise is the opportunity to enjoy all those marvellous things you never have time for at home. So come on in – there really is something for everyone. Treat yourself, or expand your horizon. You might even try both at once!
Did you know Cunard's Maritime Quest and Heritage Trail are fascinating ways to explore our great seafaring tradition? Capture the flavour of the golden age of travel and see some rather famous past passengers. It’s all part of a wonderfully diverse programme of entertaining discovery designed to ensure you never experience a dull moment.
Catch a brilliant talk, attend a lively art auction, win our daily quiz and scoop the bingo jackpot- all in a perfect day. From yoga and aerobics to painting sessions and dance classes, you will be spoiled for choice. Fancy a rubber of bridge? The most social game in the world is the best method yet devised of meeting sociable people like you.
Famous For A Reason
Having long ago set the standard, Cunard continue to exceed it.
Over 160 years ago, Samuel Cunard set out to deliver mail across the Atlantic, not realising he was taking the first step towards setting a new standard in luxury travel. Since then, Cunard has become a byword for comfort, style, and the ultimate travel experience as defined by successive eras. Today, Cunard continue to celebrate a golden heritage while creating new standards daily. Quintessentially British, they explore the world in all its rich diversity with people of the world – people like you.
Impeccable service defines and differentiates the Cunard experience most eloquently. It always has. From award-winning grill dining to a tasty snack or a chocolate on the pillow, there attention to detail will make you feel special. Put simply, nothing is too much trouble.
In fact, the experience of higher grade staterooms is not unlike belonging to the most privileged club. Let the discreet concierges meet your every need, ship side and ashore, from a quick round of golf to the best seats in the house, from postage stamps to private car hire. Naturally, embarkation and disembarkation are on a priority basis.
Champagne, complimentary bar, fresh flowers and fruit, soft terry robes in your suite – nothing rivals the unashamed luxury of Cunard's famous ‘Grills Experience’. Why wait to enjoy the cream of cruising today? Why wait to delight someone special?
Your fare includes transfer between airports, hotels (if applicable) and ship at the overseas port of embarkation/disembarkation.
Smoking will no longer be permitted in any public area with the exception of Churchill's Cigar Lounge (cigars only), designated areas on the open decks and the upper level of G32 on Queen Mary 2. Smoking is permitted on private balconies.
With effect from 24 March 2012 for Queen Victoria and 27 April 2012 for Queen Elizabeth & Queen Mary 2 smoking will no longer be permitted in staterooms, however, smoking is permitted on private balconies.
The Finest Dining
At Cunard they understand instinctively the contribution made by the finest dining to the ultimate cruise experience. In every culinary context, the famous "White Star Service” sets the tone beautifully. Not only have Cunard gone out of their way to make each restaurant a venue to remember, they have also engaged some of the world’s top chefs and experts.
From grill to cafe, Cunard leave nothing to chance in matching an ambiance to your every mood. Naturally, you will find a tempting range of informal settings in which to enjoy a tempting snack. Room service, of course, is at your beck and call, 24 hours a day, at no extra charge.
Would you not love to enjoy the very best of Cunard as epitomized by the celebrated ‘Grills Experience' Besides the most spacious and lavishly appointed suites anywhere at sea, it means the intimate atmosphere of the award-winning Grilling Restaurants and exclusive access to the Queens Grill bars, plus your own private butler service and lift access in higher category suites.
Staying fit and going home looking your radiant best are part and parcel of a Cunard cruise holiday. But hold on a minute-there is no need to get carried away completely on a tide of fresh – air enthusiasm! It is nice to know you can do as much or as little as you choose here on deck! That is the style. You set the pace, today and tomorrow.
From shuffleboard to tennis and jogging, you can warm up gently or work out to your heart’s content. Naturally, on deck is an ideal place to relax with the latest blockbuster novel. Anyone for golf this afternoon? Being at sea is no handicap when it comes to exercise. Our outdoor putting and driving ranges allow you to get into the swing of things without getting mud on your shoes.
Whatever your mood, there is something to engage you every hour of each day. Relax while the kids get to grips with our tried and trusted programmes – you know it makes sense! Doing your own thing like this instills a freedom you could get used to.
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