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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 comprises four 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 and the newest, the 2,996-passenger Queen Anne, which debuted in 2024.

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21 Nights

Caribbean - Eastern Cruise

Port: Miami • Grand Cayman • Montego Bay • Roatan • Majahual • Cozumel • Miami • San Juan • Antigua +5 more

645 reviews
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28 Nights

South Pacific Cruise

Port: Vancouver • San Francisco • Honolulu • Apia, Samoa • Lautoka • Suva • Lifou • Noumea +2 more

645 reviews
Sep 19, 2024
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93 Nights

World Cruise

Port: Los Angeles • San Francisco • Honolulu • Kona • Tahiti • Moorea • Paihia • Auckland • Tauranga +20 more

1,363 reviews
Feb 3, 2026
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3 Nights

Europe - Northern Cruise

Port: Southampton • Brugge • Southampton

1,363 reviews
Jul 15, 2025
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9 Nights

Transatlantic Cruise

Port: New York • Southampton • Hamburg

1,363 reviews
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7 Nights

Canada / New England Cruise

Port: New York • Newport • Boston • Halifax • New York

1,363 reviews
Jul 1, 2025
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8 Nights

Transatlantic Cruise

Port: New York • Southampton

1,363 reviews
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14 Nights

Europe - Western Cruise

Port: Rome • Florence • Toulon • Calvi • Valencia • Barcelona • Salerno • Taormina • Corfu • Kotor +1 more

587 reviews
Jul 20, 2026
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20 Nights

Transpacific Cruise

Port: Yokohama • Hakodate • Kushiro • Kodiak • Seward • Hubbard Glacier • Juneau • Glacier Bay • Sitka +2 more

645 reviews
May 24, 2025
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13 Nights

Caribbean - Eastern Cruise

Port: New York • St. Thomas • St. Kitts • Dominica • Barbados • St. Lucia • St. Maarten • New York

1,363 reviews
Nov 20, 2024
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7 Nights

Alaska Cruise

Port: Seattle • Sitka • Glacier Bay • Ketchikan • Victoria • Seattle

645 reviews
Aug 21, 2025
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25 Nights

South Pacific Cruise

Port: San Francisco • Honolulu • Apia, Samoa • Lautoka • Suva • Lifou • Noumea • Melbourne +1 more

645 reviews
Sep 22, 2024
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23 Nights

South Pacific Cruise

Port: San Francisco • Honolulu • Apia, Samoa • Lautoka • Suva • Lifou • Noumea • Melbourne

645 reviews
Sep 22, 2024
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10 Nights

Alaska Cruise

Port: Seattle • Endicott Arm • Icy Strait • Juneau • Skagway • Glacier Bay • Ketchikan • Victoria +1 more

645 reviews
Jun 23, 2025
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12 Nights

Canada / New England Cruise

Port: New York • Rockland • Halifax • Sept-Iles • Saguenay Fjord • Quebec City • Sydney +1 more

1,363 reviews
Sep 22, 2024
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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 might 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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Frustrated travellers

you have to except salad ie tomatoes how they wish to serve them the food is just thrown in the bowls and plates because the staff is under pressure to reduce the queues.Our table for the early sitting is so tight to the next table in order to get my husbands small travel wheelchair in and out the other tables and chairs have to be moved by a member of staff, we are crammed in and feel like an hinderance, it really isn’t good enough.Read More
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David Lacey

many10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Unfriendly staffing across the board !

Cabin stewards, ours and in general, are the only staff that would always greet you.Staff in general appears to all be MAD at the world, with the most unpleasant expressions on their faces!Read More
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RCDR

many10+ Cruises

Age 60s

Wonderful experience, pure luxury

There was such choice of experiences on board , food was fantastic , staff were helpful and friendly especially Atul in the bar and Joy who took such good care of us and our cabin.Fantastic experience we joined in Kiel to Southampton.Read More
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A Kennedy

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 58s

Queen Anne - A Royal Disappointment!

Also, we had a drink package through having booked a Princess Grill suite, which allowed free drinks up to $12.Food was HORRENDOUS, staff seemed downright miserable, and we really felt sidelined as LGBT travelers - seated in the back corner of the Princess Grill restaurant.Read More
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Desertdan92

many10+ Cruises

Age 46s

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