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Cruising with Cunard

Cunard's three ships – Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria – receive praise for their stylish accommodations and elegant facilities, including upscale dining areas and opulent ballrooms. Keeping with its legacy as a traditional, Old World ocean liner, Southampton-based Cunard Line is one of the only luxury cruise lines to offer secluded dining areas for select passengers, meaning guests staying in standard staterooms dine in a different restaurant than passengers staying in suites. Outside the luxurious lodgings, you can enjoy lounging and dining options like the Golden Lion pub and a specialty steakhouse restaurant on all three ships.

In 2020, Cunard offers one-way, round-trip and transatlantic sailings to major cities across the United States, Canada, Europe, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Australia and the Pacific Islands. Available shore excursions depend on the cruise's itinerary and duration (2020 voyages range from two to 113 nights). Excursions include a scenic drive along Italy's Amalfi Coast, a four-wheel-drive desert safari in Durban, South Africa, and more. What's more, all of Cunard's ships feature casinos, spas, art galleries and a wide range of enrichment programs, such as computer classes, ballroom dance tutorials and lecture series.

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Cunard's three ships – Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria – receive praise for their stylish accommodations and elegant facilities, including upscale dining areas and opulent ballrooms. Keeping with its legacy as a traditional, Old World ocean liner, Southampton-based Cunard Line is one of the only luxury cruise lines to offer secluded dining areas for select passengers, meaning guests staying in standard staterooms dine in a different restaurant than passengers staying in suites. Outside the luxurious lodgings, you can enjoy lounging and dining options like the Golden Lion pub and a specialty steakhouse restaurant on all three ships.

In 2020, Cunard offers one-way, round-trip and transatlantic sailings to major cities across the United States, Canada, Europe, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Australia and the Pacific Islands. Available shore excursions depend on the cruise's itinerary and duration (2020 voyages range from two to 113 nights). Excursions include a scenic drive along Italy's Amalfi Coast, a four-wheel-drive desert safari in Durban, South Africa, and more. What's more, all of Cunard's ships feature casinos, spas, art galleries and a wide range of enrichment programs, such as computer classes, ballroom dance tutorials and lecture series.

Pros & Cons

  • Old World style appeals to travelers seeking traditional cruising experiences

  • Variety of cabin classes and specialty restaurants to choose from

  • Complimentary night nursery available from 6 to 11 p.m. for guests ages 6 months to 23 months

  • Some onboard amenities and shore excursions cost extra

  • Ships lack contemporary activities and amenities of mainstream competitors

  • Gratuities, fees and taxes not included in cruise fare

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Cunard Line has been ranked based on an expert evaluation of the line's level of luxury, as well as an assessment of user reviews and health ratings.

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On Board

While Cunard does offer children's programming on each ship, the cruise line's onboard activities generally target well-traveled American, British and international travelers ages 50 and older. However, you may find more families on board during the summer months.
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On Shore

While docked at each port, you can either explore independently or book one of Cunard's shore excursions. Excursion options vary by itinerary and ports of call, and they are not included in the price of your cruise. About 12 weeks before departure, you'll be able to book available excursions in the Voyage Personalizer. You can prebook excursions up to three...
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Before You Book

  • If you book a cruise directly with Cunard, a 15% to 30% deposit is required within three days of booking. You must pay your full cruise fare 90 to 120 days before departure (depending on the itinerary).
  • Cancellation policies vary by cruise length. To see Cunard's policy, visit the line's website.
  • If you have a disability, you're required to inform the cruise line at the time of booking. Guests can contact the CareAccess Team at 800-728-6273 or accessoffice@cunard.com.

Before You Board

  • All passengers are required to be on board at least one hour before the cruise's departure. Guests are advised to arrive at the embarkation time noted on their final documents.
  • Check-in times are based on your cabin selection and will be listed on your e-ticket, which can be accessed via the line's Voyage Personalizer portal about five to six weeks prior to departure.
  • You must attach a Cunard Line tag to each piece of luggage. Luggage labels will be sent to you about four weeks prior to your embarkation date, unless you've chosen to print labels from the Voyage Personalizer passenger resource center.
  • You can prebook and pay for shore excursions starting about 12 weeks before your scheduled departure date.
  • Cunard recommends vaccinations for travelers heading to specific ports of call. The cruise line suggests that travelers contact their personal physician, the Department of Public Health or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for recommended vaccinations.

Disclaimers about ship ratings: A ship’s Health Rating is based on vessel inspection scores published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If a ship did not receive a CDC score within 22 months prior to the calculation of its Overall Rating, its Health Rating appears as N/A; in such a case, the ship’s Overall Rating is calculated using the average Health Rating of all CDC-rated ships within the cruise line. All ship Traveler Ratings are based on ratings provided under license by Cruiseline.com.

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