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Cunard Line

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It doesn’t get more special than a Cunard holiday.

The multi-award-winning home of the world’s most famous cruise ships, including Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2.

Cunard will take you back to the golden age of cruising. Classic, traditional and quintessentially British. Cunard is famous for their White Star Service, conjuring up images of lavish dinners and afternoon tea served by white-gloved waiters. Expect sweeping staircases, grand ballrooms and indulgent spas, with a dazzling array of things to see and do, from designer shopping and dance classes to casinos and state-of-the-art sports facilities.

Since 1840, Cunard has offered unforgettable voyages, whether you want a 6-day trip across the Atlantic or to spend months travelling the world, with destinations from the Caribbean and the Americas to Europe and the Mediterranean.

In 2007, Cunard launched the Queen Victoria and saw the 40th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth 2, the most famous ship afloat. Her replacement, the 2,092-passenger Queen Elizabeth entered service in 2010 and quickly endeared herself to Cunard's discerning guests.

Who goes on Cunard Line cruise ships?

Cunard draws an incredibly diverse crowd, with people from all over the world and of all ages. With that said, most passengers come from the U.K., North America, Germany and Japan. The world cruisers who occupy the top cabins are often extremely wealthy, with a fair smattering of celebrities enjoying Queens Grill -- but equally, the entry-level cabins on the shorter cruises attract bargain hunters. Passengers are mainly couples, although solos are catered for. Cunard is particularly LGBTQ-friendly, too, with plenty of same-gender couples. The age range is mainly over 55, but during school holidays, a lot of families travel. On Queen Mary 2, you'll also find a small subset of people who have chosen the route because there's a kennel onboard for dogs and cats.

Do I have to dress up on a Cunard Line cruise?

Absolutely. You'd be unlikely to book if you weren't a fan of glamorous black-tie nights. This is a line where tradition triumphs and even a relatively short, eight-night transatlantic crossing may involve three formal nights. Tuxedos or dark suits for men is expected, with women trotting out long dresses and jewels. Even the formal nights are narrowed down with themes like a black-and-white ball. Gala evenings aside, the dress code is generally "smart," which can be interpreted as stylish but not involving men needing to wear a tie. Those who really don't want to dress up can still go casual-ish and eat at the buffet on formal nights, but you won't be allowed in any of the lounges or go into the theatre for a show.

Is everything free on Cunard Line cruises?

No. You will need to pay extra for pretty well everything, from bottled water and speciality coffee to Wi-Fi, crew gratuities, speciality dining, shore excursions and drinks, as well as exercise classes and a day pass to use the saunas and steam rooms in the spa. Dining is included in the cruise fare but which main dining room you're assigned to will vary by what type of cabin you have booked. Also included are evening entertainment and basic tea and coffee at meals.

What are Cunard Line's most popular activities?

On sea days, Cunard's ships are famous for its guest speaker program, which features big names from the arts, politics and science scenes. Otherwise, popular activities are pretty traditional -- bridge, dance classes, bingo and pub quizzes in the Golden Lion Pub. There are watercolour painting classes, wine tasting sessions, flower arranging, table tennis and, in the evenings, karaoke. Afternoon tea is a daily ritual rarely missed by most passengers. On Queen Mary 2 the planetarium shows are quite popular as well.

Best for...

Those who enjoy a more formal style of cruising and value the opportunity to learn more about the world through insightful talks

Not the best for...

Anyone looking for a party atmosphere and informal vibe or who enjoys a more modern style of cruising

What's Included

You'll find lots included in your Cunard holiday including:

  • Your choice of Britannia or Britannia Club Staterooms, or Princess and Queens Grill Suites
    • All feature en-suite bathrooms (with Penhaligon's toiletries), hairdryer, a safe and tea & coffee making facilities
  • In-stateroom entertainment with multiple TV & film channels
  • Twice-daily steward service
  • Delicious dining:
    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner in the main restaurants
    • Breakfast, lunch, dinner & buffet options available 24-hours a day in Kings Court & Lido restaurants
    • Traditional afternoon tea served daily at 3.30 pm (Champagne Afternoon Tea available at a supplement)
    • Complimentary room service 24-hours a day
  • Entertainment & activities:
    • Cunard Insights: fascinating talks on a range of topics by guest speakers from astronauts to authors
    • Spectacular productions in the Royal Court Theatre, along with comedy, dance & drama
    • Film screenings in Illuminations and the Royal Court Theatre
    • Swimming pools, whirlpools and well-equipped gym
    • Daily activities with professional hosts, quizzes and informative talks
    • Live music from resident bands such as jazz ensembles, classical recitals and more
    • On board library with up to 8,000 books plus puzzles and a card room
    • Captain's Cocktail party
    • Supervised children's club

The Britannia Experience

  • Sparkling wine on arrival at your stateroom 
  • Inside, Oceanview or balcony - all come with convertible king-size/twin beds with plush Sealy mattress
  • Dining in the glamorous Britannia Restaurant
  • Britannia Club staterooms include a generous private balcony and pillow menu. Guests can dine at any time between 6.30 pm and 9.00 pm in the dedicated Britannia Club restaurant
  • Single staterooms offer comfortable single beds, spacious bathrooms and a comfortable lounge area

The Grills Experience

The Grills suites are the epitome of luxury accommodation and refined service at sea with a variety of private indoor and outdoor spaces and superlative food and wine in the Grill restaurants.

Princess Grill Suite amenities

  • Accommodation with private balcony, comfortable furniture and stunning views
  • Pillow concierge menu offering a choice of nine different styles
  • Access to the Grills Lounge and outdoor terrace
  • Dine when you choose in the exclusive Princess Grills restaurant
  • Sparkling wine and chocolates on arrival
  • Marble bathrooms featuring exclusive Penhaligon's toiletries
  • Fresh fruit replenished daily

Queens Grill Suite amenities

Enjoy all Princess Grill Suite amenities plus

  • A personal butler to take care of your every need
  • Expansive balcony, perfect for relaxing (Queen Anne Suite & Queen Victoria Suite on Queen Mary 2 do not have balconies)
  • Marble bathrooms featuring a shower, whirlpool tub and exclusive Penhaligon's toiletries
  • Savour the Queens Grill menu, course-by-course, in your suite
  • Dine when you choose in the exclusive Queens Grill restaurant
  • Chilled champagne and chocolates on arrival
  • Complimentary in-suite bar (stocked with two bottles of wine or spirits of your choice, and soft drinks)


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