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Cunard Cruises

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Queen Mary 2 (QM2)

About Cunard Cruises

Cunard Line aims for big-ship luxury with a "Golden Era" feel. Cunard currently comprises three ships -- the 2,691-passenger Queen Mary 2, the flagship of the fleet; the 1,988-passenger Queen Victoria; and the 2,068-passenger Queen Elizabeth -- with a fourth ship set to debut in 2022.

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Queen Elizabeth
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3 Night
U. S. Pacific Coast Cruise

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Leaving:San Francisco
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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Jun 1, 2022
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Queen Mary 2 (QM2)
Queen Mary 2 (QM2)

117 Night
117 Night World Cruise

Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Jan 3, 2023
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Queen Mary 2 (QM2)
Queen Mary 2 (QM2)

7 Night
Transatlantic Cruise

Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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Queen Mary 2 (QM2)
Queen Mary 2 (QM2)

7 Night
Canada / New England Cruise

Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Jul 1, 2022
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3 Night
U. S. Pacific Coast Cruise

Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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5 Night
U. S. Pacific Coast Cruise

Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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15 Night
Alaska Cruise

Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
May 30, 2022
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74 Night
World Cruise

Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Feb 7, 2023
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7 Night
Transatlantic Cruise

Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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8 Night
Far East Cruise

Leaving:Singapore
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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7 Night
Europe - Northern Cruise

Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Jul 3, 2022
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28 Night
Australia Cruise

Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Nov 15, 2022
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13 Night
Transatlantic Cruise

Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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4 Night
Europe - Northern Cruise

Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Aug 31, 2022
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40 Night
Australia Cruise

Leaving:Perth
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Mar 21, 2023
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Who goes on Cunard cruise ships?

Cunard draws an incredibly diverse crowd, with people from all over the world and of all ages. With that said, most passengers come from the U.K., North America, Germany and Japan. The world cruisers who occupy the top cabins are often extremely wealthy, with a fair smattering of celebrities enjoying Queens Grill -- but equally, the entry-level cabins on the shorter cruises attract bargain hunters.

Passengers are mainly couples, although solos are catered for. Cunard is particularly LGBTQ-friendly, too, with plenty of same-gender couples. The age range is mainly over 55, but during school holidays, a lot of families travel. On Queen Mary 2, you'll also find a small subset of people who have chosen the route because there's a kennel onboard for dogs and cats.

Do I have to dress up on a Cunard cruise?

Absolutely. You'd be unlikely to book if you weren't a fan of glamorous black-tie nights. This is a line where tradition triumphs and even a relatively short, eight-night transatlantic crossing may involve three formal nights. Tuxedos or dark suits for men is expected, with women trotting out long dresses and jewels. Even the formal nights are narrowed down with themes like a black-and-white ball.

Gala evenings aside, the dress code is generally "smart," which can be interpreted as stylish but not involving men needing to wear a tie.

Those who really don't want to dress up can still go casual-ish and eat at the buffet on formal nights, but you won't be allowed in any of the lounges or go into the theater for a show.

Is everything free on Cunard cruises?

No. You will need to pay extra for pretty well everything, from bottled water and specialty coffee to Wi-Fi, crew gratuities, specialty dining, shore excursions and drinks, as well as exercise classes and a day pass to use the saunas and steam rooms in the spa.

Dining is included in the cruise fare but which main dining room you're assigned to will vary by what type of cabin you have booked. Also included are evening entertainment and basic tea and coffee at meals.

What are Cunard’s most popular activities?

On sea days, Cunard's ships are famous for its guest speaker program, which features big names from the arts, politics and science scenes. Otherwise, popular activities are pretty traditional -- bridge, dance classes, bingo and pub quizzes in the Golden Lion Pub. There are watercolor painting classes, wine tasting sessions, flower arranging, table tennis and, in the evenings, karaoke. Afternoon tea is a daily ritual rarely missed by most passengers. On Queen Mary 2 the planetarium shows are quite popular as well.

Why go with Cunard?

  • A classic, elegant cruise experience on world-famous ships
  • The only scheduled service across the North Atlantic, between the U.K. and New York
  • Some surprisingly good-value fares, given the elegance of the ships

Best for: Those who enjoy a more formal style of cruising and value the opportunity to learn more about the world through insightful talks

Not for: Anyone looking for a party atmosphere and informal vibe or who enjoys a more modern style of cruising

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It’s either pay for 24 hours (some of which time you are sleeping) or pay a whack of money for the whole cruise (a lot of which time you will be sleeping or the Internet won’t work.Although they had specified times for arrival, they were unprepared for hordes of people showing up all at once so that, although we arrived on our specified time, we queued for an hour, waiting for the complimentary COVID test.Read More
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Seventyishtraveller

6-10 Cruises

Age 70s

QM2 disappointed 2nd time round

Just off QM2 from New York to Southampton 8th May Positive aspects Cabin clean and steward always professional All Crew great , couldn't do enough Entertainment good to great most nights Cunard insights good always something for everyone Average King's court compared to last crossing done 5 years ago noticeable downgrade in choice , Service good ,Celebrity has surpassed Cunard ( done a cruise in January 2023 to Caribbean and had taken photos on 1st crossing , difference is plain to see) WiFi average to poor in certain areas of the ship Ship itself getting tired needs a refub ,Staff do there best with what they are , ship clean and felt safe re covid Poor Embarkation in NYC 2hrs from start to finish ,long queues,not enough staff , Cunard need to see how Celebrity manage to do this in 20mins same standard and the excuse of a cycling event in NYC it not like this was not planned Summary QM2 needs upgrade , if given the choice I would choice Celebrity over Cunard for my next cruise/crossingRead More
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iaimcixl

6-10 Cruises

Age 50s

Good, Not Great

Lunches in the buffet were fine, though the pizza was lousy and no made to order pasta bar (which I recall them having on our first cruise).Skipped the main dining room on several occasions as the buffet, we thought, was better than the dining room.Read More
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chatdad

10+ Cruises

Sea Beats Shore

Here are my thoughts on our April 2022 Brooklyn to Southampton crossing on the QM2: The Good We enjoyed plenty of wine (via the beverage package) brought by plenty of friendly servers; The King's Court Buffet's pizza, hot-dogs and hamburgers were tasty for lunch; The afternoon teas (photo attached) were novel fun; The pre-dinner hot hors d'oeuvres in the Chart Room and the post-dinner hand-crafted candies in the Britannia Room were thoughtful touches; The strong selection of Iberian wines in the Carinthia Room (photo attached) was a happy surprise; The entertainers we saw (two orchestras, rock band, string trio, folk and rock duos, disco DJ, trivia quizzers, legal lecturer) (sample program attached) were diverse and terrific; The ship's laundry ably handled my daily requests so I got by with only one suitcase; My Balcony cabin (11050) and the nearby common areas were clean and well-maintained; and My Zoleo satellite communicator kept us well-connected to email.The Ugly We paid in June 2020 for a later-cancelled December 2020 cruise (that led to an also-cancelled September 2021 cruise) so Cunard held our funds interest-free for almost two years after denying our refund request; Cunard sprung a surprise Covid test on us at the pier in Brooklyn (on a Sunday) after we had our own Covid tests done at home as Cunard required (on a Friday).Read More
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RN4Clifton

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

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