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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, Queen Mary 2 and soon, Queen Anne.

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 specialty coffee to Wi-Fi, crew gratuities, specialty 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

When booking with Cunard, your fare will include:


  • A choice of Britannia, Britannia Club, Princess Grill and Queens Grill staterooms and suites. All en suite and air-conditioned.
  • Your own personal steward or butler* (for Queens Grill suites).
  • Nightly turndown service.
  • Satellite TV (with multi-language film and music channels).
  • Direct-Dial Telephone.
  • Refrigerator.
  • Hair Dryer.
  • Safe.
  • Daily Shipboard Newspaper and Programme.
  • Egyptian cotton bed linen.
  • Pamper pack.


  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner in the main restaurant associated with your stateroom grade.
  • A self-service buffet restaurant (the Lido or Kings Court) offering breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
  • Room service.
  • Afternoon Tea of sandwiches, cakes and pastries each day.
  • Tea, coffee, water and fruit juice are available 24 hours a day at the Lido Restaurants on Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria, and Kings Court on board Queen Mary 2.
  • Water during meals and coffee after meals.


  • Productions in the Royal Court Theatre, including light-hearted comedies, serious dramas, Shakespeare classics and spectacular musical productions.
  • Dancing in the nightclub or Queens Room.
  • Deck games, board games, and quizzes.
  • Access to the on board libraries.
  • A variety of fitness and dance classes.
  • Live music in many venues, including resident bands to jazz ensembles to classical recitals and soloists.
  • Film screenings in cinema venues or in your stateroom.
  • Shows in the planetarium (Queen Mary 2 only).
  • Cunard Insights - regular talks on contemporary issues by well-known celebrities, experts and personalities.

Health and well-being.

  • Full use of the sports court for football, deck tennis, basketball and more
  • A choice of swimming pools and whirlpool spas
  • Fully equipped gym

Children's clubs.

  • Full access to our supervised age-specific children's clubs.
  • Wide range of entertainment and age-specific activities offered day and night.

Fare benefits.

When booking with the Cunard Fare, you can choose your stateroom location and have use of the shuttle bus service provided by Cunard when on shore. You will also benefit from first priority for receiving your chosen dining seating time and table size in the Britannia Restaurant, and you will receive the highest priority for stateroom upgrades: all for only a 15% deposit.

When you book the Cunard fare for a voyage of 7 nights or more, you can select one additional benefit, free of charge:

  • On board spending money
  • Car parking at Southampton
  • Return coach transfers on all Southampton roundtrip voyages

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