Adam D Tihany Appointed Creative Director Of New Cunard Ship

Cunard has announced that world-renowned designer, Adam D Tihany has been appointed Creative Director of its upcoming new ship.

Tihany will oversee the entire interior design process of the much-anticipated, but still unnamed ship, which will join the Cunard fleet in 2022.

Widely regarded as one of the world’s most talented designers, Tihany has made his name creating beautiful spaces for luxurious and iconic hotels, restaurants and resorts across the globe, including The Beverly Hills Hotel, Belmond Hotel Cipriani and The Oberoi New Delhi.

“The name Cunard is obviously magical and I’m very excited to be involved in this project,” he says. “If you look at the history of Cunard, it has always been a forward-looking brand. It has a classic image but actually each ship has been innovative for its period. We want to continue this tradition and move the brand forward with the creation of an exciting and spectacularly beautiful new cruise liner.”

Work is now ongoing and Tihany promises plenty of surprises. “Guests can expect a much lighter, contemporary feel, but crucially it will still feel like a Cunard ship and Cunard’s loyal guests will feel very at home. The new ship will celebrate Cunard’s British heritage but with a whisper, not a shout. Everything a guest expects to see on a Cunard ship will be there, but in a different way to the other three.”

Tihany has led the way in restaurant design, creating signature restaurant interiors for such culinary stars as Thomas Keller and Heston Blumenthal. He and his expert team of designers are currently working on plans for the new ship’s dining areas and he confirms that Queens and Princess Grill restaurants will feature among the dining options.

Design work is well underway in preparation for construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy.
The ship, Cunard’s first new-build for 12 years will be the 249th vessel to sail under the Cunard flag and when she joins Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth in the Cunard fleet, the luxury cruise brand will have four ships in service for the first time since 2000.

 

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MSC Cruises Launches Global Commitment To Eliminate Single-Use Plastics

MSC Cruises has today announced another new chapter in its environmental stewardship programme, by introducing a commitment to eliminate single-use plastics from its entire fleet globally and introduce sustainable alternatives if available.

Under its Plastics Reduction Programme, by the end of March 2019 MSC Cruises will now effectively phase out an extensive number of plastic items from all its ship operations and ashore and will replace them with environmentally-friendly solutions. As a first step, the Company has already taken action to replace by the end of 2018 all plastic straws with 100% compostable and biodegradable substitutes.

Throughout the years, MSC Cruises has taken voluntary steps to uphold this commitment under its global environmental stewardship programme. Through a series of previous actions, all MSC Cruises ships have been systematically readied for this programme and are equipped with state-of-the-art recycling facilities and efficient waste management systems. All crew are engaged in the Company-wide effort to separate and handle waste in accordance with regulatory MARPOL requirements and CLIA’s sound environmental principles to prevent marine pollution. Their efforts are closely monitored by a comprehensive and coherent system to manage and control all environmental aspects on board and ashore. An empowered team of dedicated Environmental Officers across the fleet makes sure the Company’s policies and vision are effectively implemented. Through a robust training programme, the Company continually strives to raise the bar in this field and achieve improved waste management and recycling practices.

To meet and exceed its environmental objectives, MSC Cruises is now also in the process of eliminating virtually all single-use plastics from its fleet and shore side operations. By March 2019, all single-use plastic shopping bags, spoons, glasses, stirrers, and other single-use plastic items for which substitution is available will be permanently phased out and replaced by environmentally-friendly alternatives. Packaging from single-portion items such as butter cups, jams or yogurts will be removed, and processes will be optimized to provide guest-friendly and convenient solutions.

While the Company works towards meeting this commitment, an imminent fleet-wide measure will be the removal of all single-use plastic straws. Already by the end of 2018, MSC Cruises will only provide fully biodegradable and compostable straws on board its ships and ashore. Moreover, drinks will no longer automatically be served with a straw, a measure which will see the overall consumption of straws reduce by 50%. Guests who may require a straw will still be able to choose from a variety of environmentally-friendly options. This practice also extends to the Company’s island destinations, all shore-based offices and the shore excursions MSC Cruises offers.

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Princess Cruises Launches ‘Sapphire Princess’ Cocktail In Partnership With Bombay Sapphire Distillery

Princess Cruises has partnered with the Bombay Sapphire Distillery to create a bespoke gin-based cocktail, inspired by the 2,670-guest ship Sapphire Princess and her Mediterranean ports of call.

Influenced by the dazzling blue hues of the Mediterranean Sea and sky, the ‘Sapphire Princess’ is the newest addition to the vessel’s cocktail menu. The drink includes a generous measure of Bombay Sapphire gin, which is itself made with botanical ingredients sourced from several of the countries and destinations Sapphire Princess sails to.

The cocktail’s mixers include Blue Curacao to evoke the sea, and a splash of Prosecco to signify the fizz and bubbles created by waves in the water.

Intended to appeal to Brits who have a long-standing love affair with gin, the ‘Sapphire Princess’ will be available on sailings departing from Southampton between April and October 2019. The cocktail launch marks the vessel’s return to the UK after sailing around Asia and the Indian Ocean.

Latest figures from the Wine and Spirit Trade Association’s (WSTA) Market Report, show that in the 12 months prior to June this year, gin sales in the UK were worth over £1.6 billion and up 38% on the same period last year. Brits bought almost 60 million bottles in the UK, worth an extra £516 million.

In the last 12 months guests onboard Princess Cruises ships have consumed approximately 1.6 million gin and tonics based on a 35ml serving, the equivalent to 28 hot tubs filled with gin.

The new cocktail is available on sailings including:

  • A 7-day Spain and France cruise, departing May 25, 2019 on Sapphire Princess. Sailing round-trip from Southampton, ports of call include La Coruna (Spain), Bilbao (Spain), Bordeaux (France) and St. Peter Port (Guernsey). Prices from £999 per person (free upgrade from Oceanview to Balcony stateroom).
  • A 14-day Mediterranean Adventurer cruise, departing August 17, 2019 on Sapphire Princess. Sailing round-trip from Southampton, ports of call include Seville (Spain), Barcelona (Spain), Marseille (Provence – France), Livorno (Florence/Pisa – Italy) Civitavecchia (Rome – Italy), Alghero (Sardinia), Ceuta (Spanish Morocco – Spain). Prices from £1,949 per person (free upgrade from Oceanview to Balcony stateroom).
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Silversea Announces Orders For Three New Ships

Silversea Cruises, one of the world’s most luxurious cruise lines, has announced orders for three new ships.

Silversea signed a memorandum of understanding with German shipbuilder Meyer Werft to build two new vessels in a new “Evolution Class.” The first Evolution-class ship is expected to deliver in 2022.

Silversea also signed a contract with Dutch shipbuilder Shipyard De Hoop to construct a new expedition vessel, named Silver Origin, that will serve the Galápagos Islands itinerary currently sailed by Silver Galapagos. The new ship is expected for delivery in March 2020.

“We are delighted to have entered into an agreement with Meyer Werft on the Silver Evolution series and De Hoop for Silver Origin,” says Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Silversea’s Executive Chairman. “With our guests in mind, we are pushing the boundaries of ultra-luxury cruising, as well as expedition cruising in the Galápagos Islands and beyond, redefining the concept of immersive travel.”

The agreements are subject to certain contingencies which are expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2019.

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Seabourn Ovation From Top To Bottom

If you’re looking for a cruise experience that quite literally offers it all, then I’d like to introduce you to Seabourn Ovation, the newest addition to the Seabourn fleet. She’s sleek, sophisticated and she’s ready to sail you to some of the worlds most incredible destinations, all in ultimate luxury.

Seabourn Ovation From Top To Bottom

The Retreat

This canopy covered relaxation area offers private cabanas that can be hired for the day and each comes with a large TV, sofa, iPad and Bluetooth headphones. The outside space for each cabana offers a private dining area with chairs and 2 sun loungers. At the heart of The Retreat is a large whirlpool.

Observation Bar

Located on Deck 11 forward, this gorgeous space offers panoramic views and is open for early morning coffee and late-night cocktails.

The Spa at Seabourn

Seabourn Ovation boasts the largest spa facility of any luxury cruise ship and although I’m not a spa person, I was genuinely impressed. There’s a sauna, steam rooms, thermal area, large hydro-pool, gym, barbershop, salon and motion studio. Seabourn’s partnership with Dr Andrew Weil also means guests can enjoy a mindful living programme (additional costs apply) that encompasses physical, social, environmental and spiritual well-being.

The Colonnade

This is Seabourn Ovation’s rather lavish buffet area where guests can dine inside or out on the open deck. It was possibly the nicest buffet restaurant I’ve seen on any ship and whatever they were cooking up in the galley smelled amazing.

Pool Patio
My absolute favourite space. This open deck features a swimming pool, 2 whirlpool spas, sun loungers, cabanas, a stage for live music, gelato bar and Patio Bar. On a warm and sunny day, you’d find me there, I wouldn’t move. One thing I’ve always loved about Seabourn ships is the mid-ship pool area.

The Grill by Thomas Keller

This dining venue serves signature dishes by 3 times awarded Michelin Star chef Thomas Keller. There’s no charge to dine here, but you are required to make a reservation. The menu looked very tempting and resembled that of a fine steakhouse. It’s not pretentious, it is just good quality food cooked and served in a way you’d expect from a fine dining venue.

Sushi

Another no charge speciality dining option and a rather unique and intimate space. Guests don’t need to make a reservation here and the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. Bento boxes are offered at lunchtime, but evening options include sushi, sashimi and a kaiseki ryori with Japanese beer.

Seabourn Square

Seabourn Square replaces the typical reception area and instead offers a “living room” style space that offers a little bit of everything. In this space, you’ll find individual desk that play host to Guest Services Specialists who are on hand to answer just about every question you could possibly have. There are also computer stations, walls lined with books and a table filled with magazines and newspapers. You’ll also find a coffee bar serving speciality coffees, gelato, sandwiches, cakes and pastries, and a large boutique that is filled with jewellery and precious stones.

Grand Salon

This is Seabourn Ovation’s main showroom and it can accommodate all 600 of her guests at the same time. Lectures, movies, cooking demonstrations and more are offered here daily.

The Club

This is a great spot of afternoon tea (specific days) and pre-dinner drinks. In the evening, a DJ offers a selection of songs to keep you dancing until the late hours. The open deck beyond The Club features a plunge pool and 2 whirlpool spas. The Casino is part of The Club.

The Restaurant

Seabourn Ovation’s main dining venue and what a stunning space it is. It’s large enough to accommodate all guests and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner on an open-seating basis. I enjoyed a 3-course meal here during my time onboard and it was delicious. My soup was served from a jug and the gelato and chocolate sauce I had for dessert was out of this world. I know, it’s only ice cream and sauce, but it was amazingly good.

Seabourn Ovation – My Views

First impressions were good, onboard impressions were excellent and lasting impressions…well, I was browsing the Seabourn website earlier. I suppose that says it all.

I’m yet to have the pleasure of fully immersing myself in the entire Seabourn experience, but just being onboard for a few hours was enough of a taster to leave me wanting more. I’d like to try water sports from the marina, watch the sunset from her bow and simply enjoy all the extra and personal touches that come with luxury small-ship cruising – the guest to crew ratio is 1:1, so you can imagine the level of personal service that is offered.

LOVE the atrium. It soars from Deck 4 right up to Deck 10 and it is stunning.

DON’T LOVE the canopy above The Retreat. The space is very intimate, and each cabana is beautifully designed, but from a personal point of view, the canopy blocks out too much sun.

2018 marks Seabourn’s 30th anniversary. You can read more about the history of this unique cruise line on the Seabourn website.

 

 

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CLIA UK & Ireland Invites Influencers To Join The #ChooseCruise Club

CLIA UK & Ireland are inviting bloggers, vloggers and influencers to join their brand new and exclusive #ChooseCruise Club.

I’m thrilled to let you know that I am one of the CLIA #ChooseCruise Club founding members and I’m looking forward to working alongside many other bloggers and vloggers in order to spread the word about our wonderful world of cruise!

For those of you that may not be familiar, CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) is the world’s largest cruise industry trade association that provides a uniform voice for some of the biggest cruise lines on the planet. They also offer online training platforms for agents.

The new platform is dedicated to engaging with social influencers through CLIA member-only benefits.

The exclusive #ChooseCruise Club costs £95 to join for the year. Members will benefit from:

  • An invitation to a special event each year dedicated to influencers
  • The opportunity to attend some of CLIA’s flagship events*
  • Opportunity to attend CLIA’s 2019 Conference*
  • Access to ship visits
  • The chance to reach a new audience of travel agents through submitting opinion articles to CLIA’s website – CruiseExperts.org – together with a link of your choice
  • Weekly email updates about all things cruise
  • Access to CruiseExperts.org for the learning academy and online resource

Andy Harmer, CLIA UK & Ireland director, said: “We couldn’t be more thrilled to invite influencers to become members of our exclusive #ChooseCruise Club. We are confident that through this partnership we can help bloggers, vloggers and influencers create even more wonderful cruise content for their followers. This will be a fantastic way to work together to be able to show the world how wonderful a cruise holiday is.”

To become a member, please email choosecruise@cruising.org

Please note this is only available for influencers.

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Eavesway Cruise Link Service 2019

I have been using the Eavesway Cruise Link service since 2012 and I can still say that it is the easiest and most convenient way to get to Southampton, and several other UK ports. I shiver at the very thought of having to take a train!

The service is offered from various points across the country and services are wide variety of cruise ships, including Independence of the Seas, Britannia and Celebrity Silhouette.

I know many of my readers are already familiar with the service and I like to keep you updated on special offers etc., so please see below details of the Eavesway 2019 Cruise Link service. If you’ve never tried Eavesway, now is the time to change that. Leave the car at home next cruise and sit back and relax onboard one of their luxury coaches. You can thank me for the tip on your return!

Eavesway Cruise Link Service 2019 – Cruise Lines and Ships

2019 prices are LOCKED. This means what you pay in 2018 will be what you pay in 2019.

Southampton Sailings Full Services

Royal Caribbean International – Independence of the Sea’s, Explorer of the Seas – sailings of 3+ nights

Celebrity Cruises – Celebrity Silhouette, and a special one-way service to the EDGE on 15/05/2019

P&O Cruises – Oriana (until 09/08/2019), Aurora, Oceana, Arcadia, Azura, Ventura, Britannia – sailings of 3+ nights

Princess Cruises – Sapphire Princess

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines – Balmoral, Braemar, Black Watch, 5+ nights (still No South Wales)

MSC Cruises – MSC Preziosa (limited routing North West starting at Blackpool, Full Yorkshire service and a Chester pick-up). Special one-way service to MSC Bellissima on 04/03/2019

Dover Sailings

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines – Boudicca, Balmoral (limited services as before) – sailings of 5+ nights

Newcastle Sailings

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines – Boudicca, Balmoral (still separate routing Northwest & Yorkshire) – sailings of 5+nights

Please note: services for Norwegian Cruise Line have been withdrawn for 2019

Customer Loyalty Programme

Launched at the beginning of 2018, the customer loyalty programme has been a big hit. All customers receive points based on spend and once they complete their journey, the points convert to monetary value. This can then be used for a discount on a future booking. It’s not something you need to sign up for, each passenger is automatically registered.

Book your next cruise link service here.

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Celebrity Xpedition Receives Upgrades From Bow To Stern As Part Of The Celebrity Revolution

After emerging from a seven-day makeover in Panama, the award-winning Celebrity Xpedition is surrounding guests in upgraded comforts as they explore the Galapagos Islands. It’s another bold step in THE CELEBRITY REVOLUTION, beyond the introduction of two industry-changing ships – Celebrity Edge and Celebrity Flora – and the $500 million modernisation of the rest of the brand’s fleet.

Scheduled to make its return to service on 23 September 2018, the revitalised Celebrity Xpedition will debut an array of enhancements across the 100-guest ship, such as redecorated staterooms, lounges and restaurants, and faster and more reliable Wi-Fi, all of which complement the natural beauty of the Galapagos and allow guests to stay connected even as they disconnect.

THE BEST SHIP IN THE GALAPAGOS IS GETTING EVEN BETTER

As part of her modernisation, Celebrity Xpedition will undergo the following enhancements from bow to stern:

  • Suites and staterooms will be stunningly refreshed, adding new carpeting and balcony upgrades to a list of already impressive touches. This includes Celebrity Cruises’ eXhaleTM bedding to create a relaxing atmosphere after a long day’s adventure
  • All suite and stateroom doors will be outfitted with RFID lock technology, making it easier for guests to access their rooms
  • An upgrade to the shipboard IT systems, including the addition of an O3B satellite to improve the speed and reliability of the ship’s full-coverage Wi-Fi. The adjusted bandwidth will enhance both guest experience and crew efficiency
  • The Beagle Grill will be outfitted with new furniture and lighting, so guests can enjoy an intimate dining experience under the sun and stars, and new ultra-modern culinary equipment to help bring the menus crafted by Celebrity’s Michelin-starred chef to life
  • In the Discovery Lounge, guests will find a new, state-of-the-art video wall, upgraded finishes and textiles, as well as a new dedicated DJ station to elevate the ambiance of this guest-favourite hangout
  • The Darwin Dining Room will receive similar design enhancements with new lighting, carpet and millwork
  • Water filtration system on every deck for guests to enjoy
  • Crew area enhancements including new mattresses with Celebrity’s eXhaleTM bedding, carpets, and Dayroom TV

Celebrity Xpedition will debut these enhanced suites, services and amenities in June 2019, to coincide with the arrival of the new Celebrity Flora. Suite guests will be equipped with marine binoculars to use on their cruise, as well as premium backpacks and rain ponchos that they can take back home with them. Whilst guests unwind in their suites on-board, stateroom attendants are on hand to help with their packing and unpacking and are provided with full in-suite dinner service, upgraded premium bathrobes, luxurious Kuno bath products from Ecuador, and many more during their sailing.

FROM BUCKET LIST TO BOOK-IT LIST

With more than 14 years in the Galapagos Islands, Celebrity Cruises remains the authority in the region, offering guests an unparalleled experience in this iconic archipelago of volcanic islands. It offers all-inclusive holiday packages ranging from seven to 16 nights, each featuring an immersive seven-night cruise and seven certified naturalists on board.

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The Grand Plaza: The Epicentre Of Celebrity Edge

With Celebrity Edge less than three months from delivery, Celebrity Cruises completes the final chapter of the ship’s transformational design story, with the reveal of iconic spaces designed by renowned designers, Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku, of Jouin Manku Studio. This includes the stunning space that will become the beating heart of the year’s most anticipated new ship, The Grand Plaza, yet another venue designed to break from traditional cruise ship thinking and shatter all expectations.

THE HEART AND SOUL BEHIND THE HEART AND SOUL OF CELEBRITY EDGE

With the aspiration to completely transform the way guests connect to the world, Celebrity Cruises sought creative thinkers who were new to the cruise industry to ensure every aspect of Celebrity Edge would be a departure from traditional thinking about cruising.

Among those chosen were the Paris-based design duo of Jouin Manku, who are celebrated for drawing inspiration from a multitude of cultures and for merging cutting-edge technology with old-world craftsmanship. They are credited with world-famous works such as the Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée and the Jules Verne restaurant in the Eiffel Tower. Together, the visionaries collaborated with the Celebrity Cruises team to bring these new concepts to life.

Jouin’s connection to the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard was also found to be far rooted beyond his work on Celebrity Edge, noting: “The shipyard is very important for me and my family: My grandfather worked at this very yard, and when he passed away at a young age, they hired my grandmother, so she could continue to support her family. This project was a very emotional one for me. Sanjit and I channeled that into our design, which inspired our unique approach in showing the craftmanship.

WELCOME TO THE GRAND PLAZA

Mixing simplicity and modernity, The Grand Plaza takes inspiration from the glamourous days of transatlantic travel. At a time when cruise ships were at the heart of chic society, the centre of these ships were traditionally spectacular ballrooms, accented with dramatic staircases and ornate chandeliers. They were social places to meet, greet, dine, drink and dance. The Grand Plaza pays homage to these powerful historic spaces and reinterprets them for the 21st century.

Spanning three decks at the heart of the ship, The Grand Plaza acts as the epicentre of Celebrity Edge, which radiates an energy that lures guests throughout the day, as it transforms both physically and atmospherically. Guests are drawn to the space by The Chandelier, a striking lighting feature – and art installation – that rises over the Martini Bar to the ceiling three decks above. Composed of five levels of 765 blades illuminated by dynamic LED strips that change colour from day to night, The Chandelier weighs in at seven tonnes.

Here, guests will be transported to the lively piazzas of Italy, of which this sprawling 5,167 sq. ft. (480 metres sq.) space was also inspired. Home to many of the incredible new speciality restaurants – including Raw on 5 and Fine Cut Steakhouse on Deck 5; Le Grand Bistro and Café al Bacio on Deck 4; and the new Grand Plaza Café on Deck 3 – The Grand Plaza truly is a grand space. At its centre, on Deck 3, guests will find the breath-taking next evolution of the always-buzzing Martini Bar, one of the most popular venues across Celebrity Cruises’ fleet. Adorning the edges of The Grand Plaza are intricately hand-stitched mesh screens, combining more than 13,500 pieces of metal, leather, and fabric.

In the morning, The Grand Plaza invites guests to enjoy a cappuccino and a croissant at either of the cafés. Guests can return to The Grand Plaza for afternoon tea or to indulge in a pre-dinner cocktail while enjoying unexpected pop-up performances. At nightfall, the energy transforms completely, and the space becomes the social epicentre of the ship, coming alive with live music.

TURNING THE TYPICAL INTO THE TRANSFORMATIVE

The Grand Plaza remains a highlight of Jouin Manku’s involvement in the design of Celebrity Edge, but their influence can be felt throughout the ship.

Inspired by the thousands of hands that go in to the construction of a ship – such as Jouin’s grandfather, who was a welder in the construction of the S.S. Normandie – Jouin Manku designed the exposed corridor. Complete with authentic welders’ touches, architects’ markings and engineers’ notes, the exposed corridor uncovers the bare hull of the ship leading to and from The Grand Plaza and the main dining rooms. The space transforms depending on the direction a guest is walking, like a life-sized lenticular wall. One way, guests will see the unadorned beauty of the ship’s steel bones, while heading in the other direction guests will see a sleek, modern design that starkly contrasts the alternate view.

Jouin Manku’s influence is also strikingly apparent in the Main Dining Atrium, where they’ve taken the concept of a staircase and turned it into a work of art. Hanging three stories between the flights of stairs, is yet another meaningful art installation known as The Pendulum. The Pendulum base moves ever so gently to the rhythms of the ocean to remind guests that they are indeed moving and connected to the sea, even when they cannot see it.

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Cunard Unveils Expanded 2020 Summer Sailings

Cunard has announced its expanded voyages for the remainder of 2020, including new sailings to the Norwegian Fjords, Japan and Australia. Guests will have the opportunity to experience true luxury and relaxation on Cunard’s iconic ships – Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria – while travelling around the world.

Cunard will continue many of its classic voyages, including Queen Mary 2’s signature Transatlantic Crossing between New York and Southampton, while adding new itineraries in Western Europe and Southeast Asia. Whether choosing a three-night short break or a 19-night Grand Voyage, Cunard guests will enjoy a blend of iconic, world-class cities and lesser-known, charming destinations.

In total, the Cunard fleet will travel over 169,000 nautical miles with calls at 110 destinations in 34 different countries, with eight maiden calls including Bornholm, Denmark; Nordfjordeid, Norway; Ringaskiddy, Ireland; Jakarta, Indonesia; as well as Kurhiro, Ishigaki and Tokyo, Japan. Cunard will also offer a selection of two-night calls in major cities including Barcelona, Hong Kong and Québec and late evening departures which allow guests more time in port for deeper exploration in places such as Juneau, Alaska, Aomori, Japan, Malaga, Spain, and Tromsø, Norway.

Queen Mary 2

Flagship ocean liner Queen Mary 2 will continue to be the only ship to offer regularly-scheduled service between New York and London, making 19 7- to 8-night Transatlantic Crossings from April through December in 2020. Voyage itineraries range from seven to 21 nights and include port calls in Canada, Iceland, Scotland and Le Havre, France, along with overnight calls in Québec and Reykjavik and evening departures in Boston and Halifax. Queen Mary 2 will also sail two Norwegian Fjords voyages ranging from seven to 25 nights and five Western European voyages for three to five nights.

Queen Mary 2 voyage highlights include:

  • Nine 14- to 15-night Transatlantic Crossings roundtrip from either New York or London
  • Two 21-night sailings with calls to Canada, Iceland and Scotland – one sailing roundtrip from New York, the other roundtrip from London
  • Fourth of July seven-night Independence Day cruise roundtrip from New York
  • Four seven-night voyages between New York and Québec
  • Eight 14-night New England & Canada voyages which begin and end in ports of New York, Québec, Southampton or Le Havre

Queen Elizabeth

Continuing with the exciting new voyage types first introduced in 2019, Queen Elizabeth, will continue to roam among far-flung and beloved destinations to bring our guests a taste of the exotic in Fall 2020. Starting in September, Queen Elizabeth will embark on three roundtrip voyages from Tokyo as well as Grand Voyages that cover the North Pacific, East Asia and Australia. These can be taken as shorter individual voyages from two to 18-nights or grouped together into longer combinations of up to 40 nights, to satisfy any discerning guest’s need for exploration.

Queen Elizabeth highlights include:

  • Five Roundtrip Tokyo itineraries with varying lengths and destinations
  • Five Southeast Asia voyages, ranging from seven to 23 nights

Queen Victoria

Cunard’s Queen Victoria will return to Southampton in early spring after embarking on a circumnavigation of South America. She will continue to sail Northern Europe itineraries in addition to seven shorter Western Europe voyages ranging from two to seven nights. She will make seven maiden calls with overnight stays in the major cities of Amsterdam, Barcelona, Reykjavik and St. Petersburg, and evening departures in Bodo, Narvik and Tromsø, Norway, Dublin, Ireland, Hamburg, Germany, Malaga, Spain, and Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Queen Victoria highlights include:

  • Four Baltic voyages, ranging from nine to 16 nights
  • Four Norwegian Fjords voyages, ranging from seven to 12 nights
  • Three Atlantic Coast/Iberia voyages, ranging from 10 to 12 nights
  • Two 12-night Iceland voyages
  • Two 12-night North Cape voyages (with a high likelihood of seeing the Northern Lights at Alesund)
  • Two Western Mediterranean voyages, ranging from 14 to 17 nights
  • A 12-night British Isles voyage

Queen Victoria maiden calls: 

Bodo, Norway | Bornholm, Denmark | Riga, Latvia | Nordfjordeid, Norway | Leknes, Norway | Skjolden, Norway | Ringaskiddy (for tours to Cork), Ireland

Renowned for impeccable White Star Service, gourmet dining and world-class entertainment, all three of Cunard’s Queens offer luxury accommodations in Britannia, Britannia Club, Princess Grill Suite and Queens Grill Suite staterooms. Cunard is the only line to offer regularly scheduled Transatlantic service between New York and London, and it continues to celebrate the freedom of travel on exciting World Voyage and Grand Voyage itineraries that visit Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Asia and Australia.

 

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