The new 92,000-ton liner, to be named ‘Queen Elizabeth’ has been ordered and is scheduled to enter service in the autumn of 2010. Cunard have signed an agreement with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri for the construction of the new 2092-passenger ocean liner, which will be built at their Monfalcone yard at an all-in cost of approximately €500 million.View cruise deals View details
Cunard are one of the world’s most distinguished names in ocean travel, and have a long and distinguished record of deluxe transatlantic crossings and worldwide cruising. They have the pedigree to support this claim, as way back in 1839 Queen Victoria awarded Samuel Cunard the first ever licence to deliver mail across the Atlantic. As a result, Cunard was the first company to take passengers on regularly scheduled transatlantic voyages and a continuous service ever since has ensured that Cunard has maintained a reputation for quality and service that is unparalleled.
Her world famous Ocean Liners, Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and the new Queen Victoria, are legendary for comfortable accommodations, excellent cuisine, personal service, and far-flung destinations. If you're seeking elegant décor, impeccable service, delectable food and the good company of like-minded travellers, you'll find them all on a Cunard voyage. Somewhat more formal than other lines, Cunard appeals to the older passenger and doesn’t offer as wide range of ‘family’ activities that other cruise lines do, but provides a sophisticated experience that has brought the line a loyal following.
Cunard is synonymous with elegance, luxury and its renowned White Star Service which sets the standard by which all others are judged. Cunard’s commitment to ensuring each guest is pampered begins at the White Star Academy where each crew member is trained to provide impeccable service. From the dining options, with room assignments made according to class of accommodation booked, to the entertainment, every moment is extraordinary and every guest is a valued member of the Cunard family.
- Brand history – founded in 1840, Cunard became part of the Princess/P&O brand and became a tightly-focused cruise line that has the British cruise market firmly centre-stage
- Signatures of the line – afternoon tea served by white-gloved waiters, pub grub of the very best kind, British deck games
- Number of ships - three
- Best for (kids, entertainment etc) – not a great child-friendly cruise line, this is definitely the best cruise company for anglophiles
- Special dining features – those who pay for the best cabins also get to dine in the Queens Grill and Princess Grill restaurants which are single sitting
- Special suite features – nothing really spectacular, but the top of the line suites for Cunard have always been elegant and spacious
- Special kid features – hmmm, nothing really special for the youngsters with Cunard but well-behaved children usually find the attentive service a real pleasure
- Entertainment features – sophisticated British shows in opulent theatres and lounges are the key to the Cunard style
- Spa and fitness features – an understated but suitably regal spa regime is offered by Ranch spa
- Routes – the famed Cunard transatlantic crossing is currently undertaken by Queen Mary 2. Queen Victoria has regular cruises to the Mediterranean, Canaries and Baltic, and the new Queen Elizabeth will undertake some of both