The world’s most iconic fleet, Cunard Line, has some interesting news this year. It recently announced a new generation of ship during the 50th anniversary of the launch of the legendary retired ship, the Queen Elizabeth 2. This luxury cruise brand’s fourth ship, still unnamed, will join the fleet in 2022 as part of the company’s ambitious plans for the future.
It will be the first time since 1998 that the luxury cruise brand will have four ships simultaneously in service. The new 113,000-ton, 3,000-passenger ship will be the 249th ship to fly the Cunard flag since 1839. Details about the new ship will be announced throughout 2018 and until the ship’s launch. You can view an animated video of the new ship here.
The iconic luxury cruise line has been wowing passengers for more than 175 years. That’s a wow factor in and of itself! In addition to planning the new ship, the company has spent more than $172 million refurbishing the flagship Queen Mary 2 and the Queen Victoria.
This year and the next will host an array of itineraries with new destinations, special event cruises, new bar and dining options, fresh entertainment offerings, and some new brand partners across the fleet.
In 2019, Cunard will resume cruises to Alaska for the first time in more than two decades. Explore Alaska’s beautiful remote landscapes and witness its thriving wildlife. Ports of call will include Anchorage, Juneau, Ketchikan, Kodiak, Sitka, and Skagway. Vancouver, Canada, will be included, too. You also can cruise on the Queen Elizabeth’s 2019 maiden 27-night sailing from Yokohama, Japan, to Vancouver and stop by the remote, stunning Russian district of Sakhalin as well.
Cunard is offering multiple event cruises for 2018 and 2019 focused on fashion, astronomy, and genealogy:
“A Photographic Journey to the Land of the Midnight Sun”
Guests on Queen Elizabeth’s Norwegian voyage in July 2018 can learn photography tips from experts including Ross Hoddinott, a leading wildlife and landscape photographer, while visiting the Arctic Circle to capture the phenomenon of the “midnight sun.”
“Cartoonists at Sea”
During select 2018 transatlantic crossings on the Queen Mary 2 from June to November, join celebrated cartoonists from the New Yorker magazine. Enjoy exclusive drawing sessions and workshops by famed cartoonists such as Matt Diffee, David Sipress, Ben Schwartz, and Emily Flake.
“A Journey of Genealogy”
In collaboration with Ancestry.com, Cunard Line offers guests the opportunity to trace their family trees while aboard the Queen Mary 2 on its transatlantic voyage in November 2018.
Cunard’s third annual fashion cruise is scheduled for September 2018 on the Queen Mary 2. Set sail with fashion great Hal Rubenstein, founder of InStyle magazine, and enjoy a glamorous array of fashion shows, exhibits, lectures, and hosted dinners with special guests including Colin McDowell and Gail Sackloff .
Cunard’s World & Exotic Cruises program includes visits to 93 ports in 46 countries. The Queen Elizabeth’s offerings include a full 122-night world circumnavigation with 39 ports in 25 countries, including overnight stays in New York, San Francisco, Sydney, Hong Kong, and Cape Town in 2018. The voyage also offers guests a westbound circumnavigation traveling through the Panama Canal as well as visiting Bermuda, Jamaica, Guatemala, French Polynesia, Japan, and Malaysia.
Queen Mary 2’s 120-night East-West voyage calls on 45 ports in 23 countries and features two maiden calls in New Zealand, and overnight stays in Cape Town, Hong Kong, and Dubai. This cruise allows for full immersion in destinations in Australia and New Zealand, with experiences featuring the Margaret River, Kangaroo Island, and New Zealand’s South Island. After departing from Australia, there are a wide array of exotic Asian cultures to be explored, including Malaysia, Hong Kong, Vietnam, and Thailand. The cruise wraps up with a stop at Aqaba for the ancient site of Petra before transiting the Suez Canal and sailing on to the classic Mediterranean destinations of Rome and Barcelona.
An extended Canada deployment for the Queen Mary 2 will see five seven-night voyages between summer and fall 2019, with its annual Independence Day 2019 voyage having an extended call in Boston.
Cunard also offers exotic voyages of two to three months on the Queen Victoria for guests seeking a winter-escape round-trip experience that provides an in-depth exploration of South America. This 2018 voyage offers immersive destinations and scenic cruising in the Magellan Straits, Chilean Fjords, and Cape Horn. Also included are visits to the Caribbean, a transit of the Panama Canal, and overnight stays in Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires.
For more information about Cunard and to book a voyage, contact your travel agent, call Cunard at 800-728-6273, or visit cunard.com.