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
Queen Elizabeth in Tasmania

28 Night
South Pacific Cruise

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Queen Elizabeth
Queen Elizabeth in Tasmania

10 Night
Alaska Cruise

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Cunard Queen Anne
Cunard's Queen Ann is floated out (Photo: Cunard Line)

7 Night
Europe - Northern Cruise

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Cunard Queen Anne
Cunard's Queen Ann is floated out (Photo: Cunard Line)

81 Night
World Cruise

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Virgin Voyages

19 Night
Transpacific Cruise

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20 Night
Africa Cruise

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38 Night
South Pacific Cruise

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13 Night
Alaska Cruise

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6 Night
Transatlantic Cruise

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5 Night
Canada / New England Cruise

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25 Night
South Pacific Cruise

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23 Night
South Pacific Cruise

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7 Night
Europe - Western Cruise

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8 Night
Transatlantic Cruise

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10 Night
Transatlantic Cruise

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Cunard Cruises 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

Queen Mary 2, Feb 2024

First time coming in we have visited the pursers office to ensure we don't get charged their hefty daily room service charge..The only good thing about this ship is The Verandah restaurant, Solomon at pursers office, complimentary shuttle buses at ports to main shop or city area.Read More
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Mazza8

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 40s

Disappointing

Service in all the restaurants we visited was mixed, ranging from excellent to Fawlty Towers.Drinks expensive unless you stuck to the daily specials and I don’t get the 15% service charge when you already pay daily gratuities.Read More
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cowkop2

oneFirst Time Cruiser

Age 62s

25 days Sydney to Singapore via Hong Kong

The food in the main restaurant was of a goof=d quality, but as we were on the ship for 25 days lacked a little in choice toward the end.When contemplating a cruise with Cunard get everything in writing, we spent 3 hours on the phone between NZ and Australia with the Cunard agent and decided to upgrade our stateroom to a room with an un-interrupted view, on deck 11, we were told some of deck 8 would also have these views but were promised the higher one.Read More
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Ray C

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 74s

QM2 Sydney to Singapore Feb. 24

5, unbeknown to me, until I was more than half way through the cruise , that Cunard were sending pre authorisations to my bank for various amounts between $40 to $400 totalling the equivalent of £1440 which once their final payment was taken from my account this emptied my account.8, I will never do another cruise with Cunard and will stick to the much superior RC cruiseRead More
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Minty400

oneFirst Time Cruiser

Age 75s

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