Cunard Line offers much more than just a cruise. Sailing into the ocean blue onboard one of their three Queens is quite the nautical experience, much more about the journey than the destinations. They draw from 175 years of maritime heritage: Samuel Cunard won the first British trans-Atlantic steamship mail contract in 1839 and from there the company has grown into what it is today, from paddle steamers to elegant passenger ships. Read more
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This long history is what makes Cunard special. Nautical traditions, British touches and little occasions of luxury hark back to the golden era of ocean travel, and it's a fantastic way to holiday. Take a look at a first-hand review of the Queen Mary 2 by one of the Cruise Sale Finder team.
Cunard ships: A royal fleet
Cunard has opted for quality over quantity with its fleet, and while their ships are few in number they are a globetrotting trio, seen in many ports around the world. All three are occasionally spotted Down Under!
Queen Mary 2: Purpose built as a true ocean liner rather than a cruise ship, the QM2 is the perfect ship for anyone interested in maritime history. She was launched by the reigning British monarch in 2004, and provides an elegant and classic travel experience. You'll often find this Queen engaged in royal World Cruises or transatlantic crossings.
Queen Victoria: A very stylish ship, Queen V is all about understated dark wood and muted colours. Historians will recognise Edwardian and Victorian decor. She sails World Cruises and European itineraries.
Queen Elizabeth: Launched in 2010, this is the newest ship in the fleet and a sister to Queen Victoria. Onboard decor is quite light, with an art-deco feel to it and indulgent touches like marble and chandeliers. Her itinerary mixes World Cruises and shorter itineraries.
Cruising with Cunard means great service, top-notch food, little luxuries and some of that glamour which accompanied ocean travel in days gone by. Relaxation and occupation are available in equal measure, and passenger comfort is paramount.
You won't find bright plastic water parks or rock climbing walls on a Cunard ship, but there are plenty of alternatives. There are many classes and lectures available, including ballroom dancing, games including the traditional quoits on deck, and the staples of pool and spa. The Queen Mary 2 features the only planetarium at sea, and each ship has a library where guests can while away the hours with a good book.
In the evening, an elegant night out is always in order. After a lovely dinner, enjoy live music in the pubs and bars or ballroom dancing and other activities in the Queens Room. The centerpiece of evening entertainment onboard a Cunard ship is always the show sessions in the stunning Royal Court Theatre.
Following the long-standing nautical tradition, Cunard passengers are assigned a main dining room according to their accommodations, these being the Queens Grill, Princess Grill and Britannia. Besides these delicious a la carte establishments, there is a casual Lido restaurant buffet on each ship with a very wide variety of stations. There is even a pub option for those seeking hearty English fare, and afternoon teas with white-glove service provide a fantastic pick-me-up.
The Cunard specialty restaurants raise the stakes even higher. Todd English on the Queen Mary 2 is a crowd favourite, with Mediterranean-inspired dishes by the celebrity chef of the same name. The Verandah onboard Queens Elizabeth and Victoria offers French cuisine.
From inside cabins to the huge Queens Grill suites, every stateroom on a Cunard ship is nicely fitted out with plush linen, serene decor, premium toiletries, good closet space, comfortable beds, bathrobes and slippers and a nightly turndown service complete with chocolates on the pillow.
On all three ships, the most common category of cabin is balcony, these provided with outdoor furniture where passengers can watch the waves slip by. The Queen Mary 2 has some unique "sheltered balcony" cabins as a result of her ocean liner design. At the very top end of the accommodation range are the various Penthouse and Grand suites, featuring luxuries such as large balconies, spa baths, living and dining areas and the very best amenities.
Destinations for Cunard cruises
Cunard is a line that covers much of the world with its varied itineraries. Transatlantic crossings and World Cruises are their most famous trips, but there are many more - and the lengthy World Cruises can be broken into smaller sectors, offering an intrepid journey to a part of the globe which particularly interests you.
The Cunard cruise ships, as part of the Carnival Corporation, port at Sydney and various spots in New Zealand. Ranging from two-week trips to 98-night bookings, you can devise your own itinerary. They usually arrive early in the year, and the further in advance you can book, the cheaper the cruise will be.
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