You’ll be swept back to the heyday of glamorous ocean travel when you step onboard one of Cunard Line’s beautiful vessels. The dark-hulled fleet are elegant from the outside and even more so on the inside, where grand public spaces and luxurious decor make for a fantastic atmosphere. Cunard cruises are on the more traditional end of the scale, calling on centuries of maritime heritage to provide discerning holidaymakers with a classic sea voyage experience.
The Cunard fleet
The current Cunard fleet is a trio of Queens (with a fourth ship announced for 2022), led by the flagship Queen Mary 2 - a true transatlantic ocean liner. The Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria are most commonly spotted cruising from Australia.
• Queen Mary 2: Refurbished in 2018, this beautiful ship is perfectly appointed, packed with modern luxuries and traditional aesthetics.
• Queen Elizabeth: This ship was named by the Queen herself in 2010, and is the newest vessel. She has a unique art deco style.
• Queen Victoria: Elegant splendour is what you’ll find aboard this Queen - heritage and luxury combined.
Image: Gary Bembridge from London, UK (Cunard Queen Elizabeth Geiranger Norway) CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Daytime fun and enrichment with Cunard
You can easily come away from a Cunard cruise a little more knowledgeable and skilful than you were when you embarked, thanks to the many enrichment opportunities available. From tango lessons to mixology, iPad workshops to photography to fencing, you can fill your days with interesting classes and activities. The Queen Mary 2 even has a planetarium.
Of course, working your brain isn’t compulsory - there’s a fitness centre and sports competitions for some physical challenge, deck games like shuffleboard for some friendly competition, the pools, a beautiful spa facility and the largest libraries at sea, too. Enjoy a cocktail poolside, or relax in one of the ships’ lounges with live music.
Evening entertainment onboard
The evenings are filled with an array of entertainment onboard a Cunard cruise, and you can take your pick. Theatrical and musical productions take place in the Royal Court Theatres, along with other spectacles and even the occasional movie. Smaller venues host karaoke, music, trivia and more.
Ballroom dancing in the Queens Rooms, the biggest ballrooms at sea, is a cherished tradition for Cunard cruisers, and it happens most nights, with themed balls some evenings for added excitement. Art gallery viewings are another popular option in the evenings.
Dine like royalty on the Cunard Queens
The main restaurants on Cunard ships offer up a delicious variety of food and an exquisite dining experience, with gourmet multi-course menus available every night. The Lido restaurant or Kings Court is the more casual buffet option, and you can grab a hearty pub lunch in the Golden Lion, enjoy burgers and hot dogs from the Boardwalk Cafe, have meals delivered to your room and sample delectable treats at the traditional white-glove afternoon tea, all as part of your cruise fare.
For an extra-special night out, Cunard ships have the sophisticated “The Verandah” French-inspired specialty restaurant, among other options. Reservations are required for this experience, and a cover charge applies.
To fall in love with the glamour of the Cunard experience, take a look at our deals on Cunard cruises from Australia and beyond and find one that catches your eye. You won’t regret signing on for a holiday with this one-of-a-kind cruise line!