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2,435 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 in Tasmania

16 Night
Transpacific CruiseDetails

585 Reviews
Leaving:Yokohama
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
May 24, 2023
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Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria (Photo: Cunard Cruise Line)

16 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

556 Reviews
Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
May 9, 2023
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Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria (Photo: Cunard Cruise Line)

12 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

556 Reviews
Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria (Photo: Cunard Cruise Line)

21 Night
World CruiseDetails

556 Reviews
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Feb 7, 2023
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7 Night
Canada / New England CruiseDetails

1,275 Reviews
Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Jun 30, 2023
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80 Night
World CruiseDetails

556 Reviews
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Feb 7, 2024
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7 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

556 Reviews
Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Aug 6, 2023
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7 Night
Canada / New England CruiseDetails

1,275 Reviews
Leaving:Quebec City
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Oct 6, 2023
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10 Night
Alaska CruiseDetails

585 Reviews
Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Jul 7, 2023
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7 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

556 Reviews
Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Jun 25, 2023
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74 Night
World CruiseDetails

556 Reviews
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Feb 7, 2023
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7 Night
Transatlantic CruiseDetails

1,275 Reviews
Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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8 Night
Transatlantic CruiseDetails

1,275 Reviews
Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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14 Night
Europe - Western CruiseDetails

1,275 Reviews
Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Jul 21, 2023
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13 Night
Transatlantic CruiseDetails

585 Reviews
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Sep 5, 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

A once premium experience on the edge of implosion

Honestly the food and beverage service throughout the ship is amongst the worst I have experienced aboard any ship.The ship itself is beautiful and a testament to great ship design.Read More
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yellowbrick

6-10 Cruises

Age 40s

Poor Customer Service

Didn't happen - got a table for 4 and maitre d' not interested.Cunard not interested and state that passengers must claim off their travel insurance - if they have that type pf cover.Read More
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StPierre53

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

An very tired ship

Apparently Cunard were well aware that the ship had a cracked propeller -so our 15 night cruise was changed to include a three day stay in Cadiz - in a dry dock.Cunard are certainly losing the good will of their regular passengers with this tired old ship.Read More
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multivalve

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Cunard dry dock cruise con

sitting in a dry dock for three days with very limited access via shuttle through the shipyard to the City does however equate with the standard of service Cunard supplied.Then we learnt that we would not be calling at Lisbon and loosing a day in Madeira , as the ship was going into the drydock in Cadiz to have a faulty propellor replaced.Read More
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trickyd

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

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