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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
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Queen Elizabeth

20 Night
Far East CruiseDetails

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Leaving:Singapore
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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Queen Mary 2 (QM2)
Queen Mary 2 (QM2)
Queen Mary 2 (QM2)

28 Night
Europe - Western CruiseDetails

Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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Queen Victoria
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Queen Victoria

16 Night
World CruiseDetails

Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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Queen Elizabeth
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Queen Elizabeth

2 Night
Australia CruiseDetails

Leaving:Melbourne
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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Queen Victoria

53 Night
World CruiseDetails

Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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Queen Elizabeth

23 Night
Far East CruiseDetails

Leaving:Auckland
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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Queen Mary 2 (QM2)

8 Night
Transatlantic CruiseDetails

Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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Queen Elizabeth

19 Night
Far East CruiseDetails

Leaving:Hong Kong
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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Queen Mary 2 (QM2)

102 Night
102 Night World CruiseDetails

Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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Queen Elizabeth

25 Night
Australia & Pacific CruiseDetails

Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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Queen Mary 2 (QM2)

16 Night
Africa CruiseDetails

Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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Queen Elizabeth

16 Night
Far East CruiseDetails

Leaving:Singapore
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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Queen Victoria

74 Night
World CruiseDetails

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Queen Victoria

31 Night
World CruiseDetails

Leaving:Singapore
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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Queen Elizabeth

6 Night
Far East CruiseDetails

Leaving:Singapore
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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Queen Mary 2 (QM2)

23 Night
Africa CruiseDetails

Leaving:Cape Town
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Queen Victoria

11 Night
World CruiseDetails

Leaving:Singapore
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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Queen Elizabeth

27 Night
Transatlantic CruiseDetails

Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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Queen Mary 2 (QM2)

9 Night
Transatlantic CruiseDetails

Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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Queen Elizabeth

10 Night
Far East CruiseDetails

Leaving:Perth
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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Queen Mary 2 (QM2)

42 Night
World CruiseDetails

Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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Queen Victoria

4 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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Queen Elizabeth

13 Night
Australia & Pacific CruiseDetails

Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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Queen Elizabeth

7 Night
Alaska CruiseDetails

Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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Queen Elizabeth

7 Night
Australia CruiseDetails

Leaving:Melbourne
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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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

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Cruise2be246

10+ Cruises

Age 50s

Glad I was on for only 6 days

Booked this on board QM2 when the QE's Asian itineraries were all scrapped. Crazy cheap price made this unmissable. Compared to the QM2 this is the inferior ship in almost every single area. The vaunted... Read More
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ubu62

10+ Cruises

Age 50s

Plus and minus

We chose this cruise as have never been on Cunard before. As it tied in with our time frame, was a good deal and no Princess cruises available, we wanted to experience it. We are Elite Princess travellers with... Read More
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Tess27

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

Amazing Cruise Line in the time of Covid 19

First time on Cunard, we were supposed to do back to back cruises from Sydney but the New Zealand cruise was cancelled due to the virus. The six day cruise itself was lovely, free from any dramas and we formed... Read More
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10+ Cruises

Age 60s

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