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2,413 Reviews
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
Queen Elizabeth (Photo: Cunard Line)

16 Night
Far East CruiseDetails

580 Reviews
Leaving:Singapore
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Apr 3, 2023
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Queen Mary 2 (QM2)
Queen Mary 2 (QM2)

21 Night
Africa CruiseDetails

1,269 Reviews
Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Jan 11, 2024
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Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria (Photo: Cunard Cruise Line)

7 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

545 Reviews
Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Jul 16, 2023
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Queen Elizabeth
Queen Elizabeth (Photo: Cunard Line)

13 Night
Australia & Pacific CruiseDetails

580 Reviews
Leaving:Melbourne
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Feb 14, 2023
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9 Night
Far East CruiseDetails

1,269 Reviews
Leaving:Singapore
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Feb 14, 2023
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16 Night
Africa CruiseDetails

545 Reviews
Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Apr 12, 2024
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10 Night
Alaska CruiseDetails

580 Reviews
Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Aug 7, 2023
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16 Night
Transpacific CruiseDetails

580 Reviews
Leaving:Yokohama
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
May 24, 2023
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7 Night
Transatlantic CruiseDetails

1,269 Reviews
Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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8 Night
Transatlantic CruiseDetails

1,269 Reviews
Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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60 Night
World CruiseDetails

1,269 Reviews
Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Jan 11, 2023
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7 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

545 Reviews
Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Jun 25, 2023
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7 Night
Alaska CruiseDetails

580 Reviews
Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Jun 30, 2023
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36 Night
World CruiseDetails

1,269 Reviews
Leaving:Singapore
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Mar 23, 2024
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10 Night
Alaska CruiseDetails

580 Reviews
Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Jul 17, 2023
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Cunard Cruise Tips, Activities, and Overview

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

Cunard Line Cruises Cruiser Reviews

First time on Cunard, and a Trans-Atlantic as well!

Found all but one--if on board the ship, study the North America panel closely (outside of the Golden Lion Pub) as the artist decided to do something "cheeky", as our Entertainment Staff explained.The food on board the ship was fabulous, no complaints.Read More
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jojoshumate

10+ Cruises

Age 50s

A Beautiful Classic Ship

I will confess I picked the itinerary--not the ship.First --hats off to Cunard for even adding this itinerary--chasing the Northern Lights in Norway was a gamble.Read More
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pjmiiim

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Norway and subsequent crossing

For us they were fine, so maybe it is a different band or maybe they took good feedback and adjusted.Yes, fine is good enough for us King’s Court So many choices and it was all good.Read More
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Tonopah

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

Outstanding cruise

There were taxi drivers outside the terminal who asked for USD80 for a whole day taxi service.The Lido Restaurant on L9 also had afternoon teas and a more extensive range of sweets but you get mugs of tea/coffee instead of fine china, and it is self-service.Read More
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teresa470

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

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