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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 Victoria
Queen Victoria (Photo: Cunard Cruise Line)

74 Night
World CruiseDetails

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Leaving:San Francisco
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Feb 7, 2023
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Queen Elizabeth
Queen Elizabeth (Photo: Cunard Line)

16 Night
Far East CruiseDetails

Leaving:Yokohama
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
May 1, 2022
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Queen Elizabeth
Queen Elizabeth (Photo: Cunard Line)

19 Night
Transatlantic CruiseDetails

Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Jul 21, 2022
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Queen Mary 2 (QM2)
Queen Mary 2 (QM2)

117 Night
117 Night World CruiseDetails

Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Jan 3, 2023
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19 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Dec 3, 2022
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14 Night
Transatlantic CruiseDetails

Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Jul 26, 2022
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40 Night
Australia CruiseDetails

Leaving:Perth
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Mar 21, 2023
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3 Night
U. S. Pacific Coast CruiseDetails

Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Jul 21, 2022
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28 Night
Europe - Western CruiseDetails

Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Jul 8, 2022
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7 Night
Transatlantic CruiseDetails

Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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23 Night
Africa CruiseDetails

Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Apr 7, 2023
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7 Night
Canada / New England CruiseDetails

Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Jul 1, 2022
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16 Night
Far East CruiseDetails

Leaving:Singapore
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Oct 30, 2022
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20 Night
Far East CruiseDetails

Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Feb 20, 2022
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20 Night
Far East CruiseDetails

Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Oct 10, 2022
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92 Night
World CruiseDetails

Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Jan 20, 2023
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21 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
May 15, 2022
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8 Night
Far East CruiseDetails

Leaving:Singapore
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Oct 30, 2022
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21 Night
World CruiseDetails

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

Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Sep 15, 2022
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12 Night
Europe - Western CruiseDetails

Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Oct 30, 2022
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12 Night
Europe - Western CruiseDetails

Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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2 Night
Europe CruiseDetails

Leaving:Hamburg
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Jan 9, 2023
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7 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Feb 13, 2022
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20 Night
Europe - Western CruiseDetails

Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Aug 9, 2022
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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

Cunard Line Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Coastal Liverpool and return.

A short break on a cruise ship locally during Covid restrictions. The third one since June having used Marella Explorer and Virgin Scarlet Lady. The food and cabin were of the usual high standard. Boarding lacked... Read More
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Doings

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Stunning week away up to the Western Isles of Scotland & Liverpool

Partly due to the sheer inability to cruise anywhere for SO long, due to you know what C19, and the fact that it was a Southampton and back trip so easy access for us Hampshire folk, made this Queen Elizabeth... Read More
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oldgreysubs

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

Sun Cruise; no stops just head for sun

I was apprehensive of going on this cruise and wondered what impact the Covid restrictions would have. I needn't have worried! We have had a fantastic cruise, start to finish. Covid testing and Embarcation was... Read More
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Lizzie60

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

First cruise back after lockdown - and very nice it was too!

We didn’t plan to be on the first cruise back after lockdown but after earlier cruises were cancelled it turned out that way. It was 7 nights from Southampton, sailed up to the Isle of Mull (anchored but didn’t... Read More
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10+ Cruises

Age 40s

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