The 2019 cruising season is shaping up to be a stunner, with luxury cruise line Cunard just announcing they will be making a much anticipated return to Alaska. Bringing the beauty of the Pacific Northwest to cruisers with the sophistication and old-world charm Cunard is esteemed for, the Queen Elizabeth, the youngest of Cunard’s fleet, is poised to make the iconic journey.
Promising a range of itineraries to choose from and longer port stays, this cruising season will give Cunard guests the opportunity to experience the natural wonders of Alaska, with sailings commencing in May 2019.
The first sailing for this program will embark from Tokyo (Yokohama), cruising to Vancouver on a 27 night voyage. Crossing the International Date Line, Cunard cruisers will be treated to the stunning coastal Alaskan port of Kodiak, home to the Alutiiq people for over 7,000 years. The next port of call on this itinerary is the remote state capital of Juneau, a popular cruising destination that is only accessible by plane or ship. The Queen Elizabeth will make her way through the Tracy Arm Fjord or Endicott Arm, before moving on to the idyllic town of Skagway, offering sweeping mountain views and historic sights reminiscent of the gold rush era. Cunard’s guests will then cruise on to the Picturesque Icy Strait Point , before getting to experience the charming cities Sitka, Ketchikan and Victoria, with the itinerary concluding in Vancouver.
Once the Queen Elizabeth is in Alaska, she will offer Cunard cruisers the choice of four thoughtfully curated 10 night roundtrip sailings, all departing from Vancouver over the May and June 2019 period. The itinerary for these cruises feature scenic waterway cruising through the breathtaking Inside Passage, famously shaped by the staggering force of glaciers over millions of years. Guests on these Cunard sailings will also get to spend full days in several of the region’s most popular ports, with the opportunity to immerse themselves in their surrounds and spend time discovering the area’s rich history and culture. Highlights on these cruises include Skagway and Juneau, with guests also experiencing the native tribes of Ketchikan. Widely known for its totem poles and majestic views of the Misty Fjords, Ketchikan cruisers will be treated to pure blue lakes and snow-capped mountains which are often shrouded in mist, giving the area an ethereal feel. This itinerary will also include Sitka, the Tracy Arm Fjord or Endicott Arm, Icy Strait Point, Hubbard Glacier and Victoria.
Queen Elizabeth will then depart Vancouver for the thriving cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles, taking a rare overnight stay in Los Angeles for July Fourth.
For those guests looking for a longer cruise, Cunard offers the option of remaining on board for the entirety of the Grand Voyage. After departing from Vancouver and stopping in California, the Queen Elizabeth will make her through the Panama Canal to Fort Lauderdale or New York, crossing the Atlantic and voyaging to European shores. After visiting Iceland’s capital Reykjavik, famous for its Viking history, cruisers will then get to experience Dublin, Glasgow and cruise on to London. These Grand Voyages can be booked with Cunard for 21 to 49 nights.
Cunard are also offering pre and post cruise Rocky Mountain Rail Land Tours, including three or five nights’ accommodation, and two full days aboard the train. Journeying through the Canadian Rockies, guests will get to experience the Continental Divide, the winding bends of the Kicking Horse Canyon, Spiral Tunnels, and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon.
Early booking is available to World Club members as early as October 30, 2017, with reservations to the general public commencing on October 31. For cruisers that book early, Cunard will offer complimentary drinks and gratuities for a select period. To find out more give one of our cruise experts a call on 1300 13 41 26.