(11:30 a.m. BST) -- Cunard has revealed brand-new itineraries for 2019 -- including a return to Alaska for the first time in 20 years on the line's Queen Elizabeth.
The 2,068-passenger ship -- which is expected to undergo a refurbishment in 2018 -- will offer a one-off sailing featuring Alaska as part of a 17- or 27-night Japan and Alaska voyage, departing Yokohama on May 5. The Alaska leg will feature calls in Kodiak, Anchorage, Juneau, Skagway, Icy Strait Point, Stika and Ketchikan.
Queen Elizabeth will then head south to offer a Panama Canal transit in July 2019 -- a first for the line.
The Panama Canal sailing is part of the line's 36-night San Francisco to Southampton Grand Voyage, departing July 3, or 34-night sailing for passengers departing from Los Angeles on July 5.
The Panama Canal voyage can also be taken as part of shorter 16- or 18-night segments from San Francisco to Fort Lauderdale or Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale or New York.
The new 2019 programme also features the line's first ever Northern Lights voyage -- a 12-night return itinerary on Queen Elizabeth -- departing from Southampton on October 8, with calls in Alesund, Tromso, Narvik and Stavanger.
On Queen Mary 2 passengers can experience a new 14-night sailing departing from Southampton on July 14, with calls in Liverpool, Reykjavik, Corner Brook and Halifax in Canada, and New York.
Queen Victoria will offer six maiden calls during the season and spilt its time between Northern Europe and the Mediterranean.
The new programme will also include more overnight stays -- in ports such as Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Reykjavik, Quebec and St Petersburg -- plus maiden calls to Lerwick and Newcastle in the U.K.
Cunard's Vice President of Sales, Alex White, commented: "2019 is set to be a year filled with an incredible variety of sailings and destinations. Guests can choose to spend from two – 36 nights on the luxurious decks of our three queens, and sail from the shores of the UK or opt for a fly cruise.
"With voyages visiting places around the world, as well as a programme of enhanced cruises to Iceland and Norway, and around the British Isles, Cunard’s guests will be spoilt for choice. There’s also an array of inspiring destinations to choose from, with a good selection of evenings in port for fully enriching visits ashore. And of course, guests will receive the distinctive on board Cunard experience, which is simply second to none."
--By Kerry Spencer, Editor, U.K.