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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 up. However, you may find more families on board during the summer months.
Cunard features two types of cabin categories: suites and staterooms. When choosing your onboard accommodations, keep in mind that your lodging choice determines where you'll enjoy your meals each evening.
Britannia Staterooms offer Inside, Oceanview and Balcony cabins for single or double occupancy. All but the Single rooms (designed for solo travelers) feature king-sized beds or two twin-sized beds, and cabin sizes range from 133 to 472 square feet. All rooms in this category are equipped with a refrigerator, a minibar and a satellite TV, as well as perks like 24-hour room service and nightly turndown service. Passengers staying in these rooms will dine in the Britannia Restaurant (the main dining room on all three ships) and have the choice between a 6 or 8:30 p.m. dinner seating.
All ships feature Britannia Club Staterooms, which start at 248 square feet. What sets these rooms apart from standard Britannia Balcony Staterooms is the option to dine in the Britannia Club Restaurant – a more intimate and exclusive section of the Britannia Restaurant – at any time between 6:30 and 9 p.m. These lodgings accommodate two to four guests and come equipped with a king-sized bed, which can be converted into two twin-sized beds, and a sofa bed in select rooms. Guests in these cabins will receive pillow menus to ensure the perfect night's sleep, as well as all of the Britannia Stateroom amenities – like 24-hour room service, bathrobes and slippers.
Princess Grill Suites range from 335 to 381 square feet and include all the basic amenities found in the Britannia and Britannia Club staterooms, like king-sized beds, satellite TVs, nightly turndown service and refrigerators. Extra perks include concierge service, fresh fruit replenished daily, priority embarkation and the opportunity to eat dinner in the Princess Grill restaurant at any time between 6:30 and 9 p.m.
Queens Grill Suites are the most luxurious accommodation option in Cunard's fleet. These suites cover between 484 and 2,249 square feet (depending on the ship and room style) and come equipped with the same amenities found in Princess Grill Suites, plus add-ons like butler service, pre-dinner canapés and stocked in-suite bars. Queens Grill Suite guests can sit down for dinner at any time between 6:30 and 9 p.m. at the Queens Grill restaurant, and they’ll also have exclusive access to the Grills Lounge and Terrace.
What's Included in the Price
Cunard Line offers activities geared toward adult travelers looking for enrichment and relaxation. Those seeking a more active vacation may be disappointed.
Cunard's onboard activities cater to cruisers ages 50 and older, meaning you won't find the same family-friendly amenities as you will on board Disney or Carnival ships. Along with a fitness center and spa, Cunard's boats also contain a casino, an art gallery and a library. You can get your heart pumping with games like shuffleboard, paddle tennis and a golf simulator, or relax in one of multiple pools.
Cunard doesn't leave kids out entirely, though; the cruise line offers free programs that engage passengers between the ages of 2 and 17. Arts and crafts, movies, scavenger hunts and more take place in designated areas known as The Play Zone, The Kid Zone and The Teen Zone. Cunard's ships also feature a complimentary night nursery (open between 6 and 11 p.m. daily) for children 6 months to 23 months old.
Aside from its onboard recreational facilities, Cunard offers educational activities, including dance lessons, film screenings and the Cunard Insights lecture program. Cunard Insights invites speakers from a variety of fields – ranging from politics and science to literature and film – to give talks on certain topics while on board. If you enjoy your lectures with a side of wine, you can also take advantage of Cunard's wine program, which offers special dinners, sommelier-led tastings and wine-themed events (for an additional fee). For nighttime entertainment, Cunard offers a mix of live music, theater and dance, along with formal themed galas.
Cunard's dining options range from casual a la carte buffets (available to all passengers during the day) to formal restaurants separated by accommodation class. Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria both feature the Lido buffet restaurant for light snacks in an informal atmosphere, while Queen Mary 2 contains the casual Kings Court eatery. For afternoon tea, head to the Queens Room, where white-gloved waiters serve tea and scones with an orchestral accompaniment. Or, for a less traditional experience, make your way to the Golden Lion pub for The Lion's Share. The pub's "afternoon tea" includes a flight of beers and a menu of sweet and savory bites, such as pulled pork and pineapple burgers and chocolate and Guinness cake.
In the evening, you can dine at one of three reserved-seating restaurants, divided by accommodation class. If you reserve a Queens Grill Suite, your cruise fare covers meals served at the Queens Grill restaurant. Meanwhile, if you stay in a Princess Grill Suite, your cruise fare covers meals served at the Princess Grill restaurant. For a more intimate dining experience, book a Britannia Club Stateroom, which grants exclusive access to the Britannia Club restaurant. Dining times also vary by cabin class. While Princess Grill, Queens Grill and Britannia Club passengers can dine at any time between 6:30 and 9 p.m., those dining in the Britannia Restaurant must pick either a 6 or 8:30 p.m. seating.
All three ships house a French specialty restaurant not included in your cruise fare: The Verandah. You'll also find buffet-style establishments on all three ships, called the Lido restaurant on Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth and Kings Court on Queen Mary 2. These venues offer specialty themed dining and table service for dinner, which costs extra. Reservations at specialty restaurants can be made up to three months in advance through the line's Voyage Personaliser or by calling Cunard's Customer Contact Centre and prepaying the cover charge (rates vary by venue).
Cunard encourages passengers to adhere to a dress code on board. During the day, shirts, shorts and beachwear are permitted, but after 6 p.m., guests who don casual wear will be directed to the Kings Court and Lido restaurants for dinner. To dine in the more formal restaurants, women are expected to wear maxi skirts, cocktail dresses or tailored pantsuits, while men should sport blazers, crew-neck sweaters or shirts with a tie or an open collar. Appropriate gala night attire varies by cruise (especially if there's a theme, like the "Roaring Twenties"), but generally, ladies should plan to bring evening gowns and men should pack tuxedos.
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