Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Cunard Announces 2010-2011 Cruises

Queen Mary 2 Offers Expanded Transatlantic Crossings and Europe Voyages

Queen Victoria Spends Winter 2011 on US West Coast Calling on LosAngeles, Panama and Hawaii

31 March 2009 – Building on the exciting announcement of Cunard Line’s inaugural season for Queen Elizabeth, Cunard is pleased to announce the newly published Europe, Transatlantics and Americas 2010-2011 programme for Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria. 2010 will herald another important milestone for Cunard: not only will three Queens once again sail under the line’s banner, they will also comprise the youngest, most modern luxury fleet in the world. In addition, the expansion of the Cunard fleet in 2010 allows the company to offer a wider range of worldwide itineraries with Queen Elizabeth’s maiden season and the voyages of Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria which are available for sale on 17 April 2009.

Guests will experience a new Golden Age of Ocean Travel in contemporary surroundings while being offered the classic traditions and legendary White Star Service for which Cunard is renowned. All of this, together with one of the most generous Groups Programmes in the industry means there has never been a better time to experience Cunard and “the most famous ocean liners in the World”.

As one of the youngest fleets in the industry, these award-winning vessels will take Cunard’s 170 years of history, heritage, impeccable service and tradition far into the 21st Century – a legacy recognized by Cunard guests, with up to 97% saying they will recommend Cunard to a friend and 98% saying they will return.

Cunard President Carol Marlow said, “2010 will see Cunard again operating three Queens as Queen Elizabeth joins her sister ship Queen Victoria and our flagship, Queen Mary 2. While Queen Elizabeth sails her maiden season, Queen Mary 2 will, for the first time, offer the choice of six-day Transatlantic Crossings as well as seven-night eastbound Transatlantic Crossings, while Queen Victoria will offer a mixture of voyages originating from both the UK and Mediterranean before she sails her first Americas season for winter / spring 2011.”

Queen Mary 2
The grandest ocean liner in the world, Queen Mary 2, will continue her reign on the Atlantic in 2010 with 24 Transatlantic Crossings including an extra day on Eastbound Transatlantic voyages between New York and Southampton. Now guests will have the choice of 6-, 7-, 8- or 9-day Crossings between New York and Southampton, Cherbourg or Hamburg providing them more time to experience the multitude of onboard activities such as enjoying a lecture through the Cunard Insights programme, checking out one of the 8,000 volumes in the Library, nightly dancing to an orchestra in the Queens Room, viewing all of the cosmic journey offerings in the only planetarium at sea and honing their dramatic arts skills in a RADA workshop, to name a few.

There will also be more “Grand” voyages roundtrip from New York whereby guests can combine two Transatlantic Crossings with a Mediterranean, Northern Europe and for the first time, a short Getaway voyage in Europe. In the summer of 2010, Queen Mary 2 will also offer five voyages to Northern Europe from Southampton and Hamburg including maiden calls to the North Cape and Tromso in Norway. After her short Getaway for the July 4th Holiday, she returns to New York in fall 2010 for a season of voyages in the Americas including two explorations of Canada & New England and five Caribbean voyages departing roundtrip from New York.

Fares for the following itineraries start from:

Transatlantic Crossings $1,295 (6 days)

“Grand” Voyages (roundtrip from NY) $3,585 (17 days)

Northern Europe $1,895 (7 days)

Fourth of July Getaway voyage $1,295 (5 days)

Canada/New England $1,395 (7 days)

Caribbean $1,695 (10 days)

Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria begins her 2010 season in Southampton for a series of voyages to Iberia, Northern Europe and the Mediterranean in addition to her first sailing around the British Isles. After repositioning to Venice, she will begin a series of “open jaw” sailings between this jewel of the Adriatic and Rome or Barcelona. Many of these sailings will feature overnight stays in popular destinations like Venice, Istanbul and Barcelona.

The ship then returns to Southampton and across the Atlantic to start a new Americas season in 2011. Queen Victoria’s American journey begins with a 17-day voyage from New York to Los Angeles through the magnificent Panama Canal. From the City of Angels, she will embark on two 14-day voyages to Hawaii, including a maiden call at Nawiliwili (Kauai), and her first west coast 4-day Getaway voyage to Mexico. After another full transit of the Canal from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale,Queen Victoria will offer an 11-day Panama Canal voyage roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale before heading back across the Atlantic on a 16-day voyage that will take in the US east coast, Lisbon and Dublin.

Fares for the following itineraries start from:

Mediterranean $1,195 (7 days)

Northern Europe $1,895 (7 days)

Atlantic Isles & Canary Islands $1,295 (7days)

Hawaii $2,495 (14 days)

Panama Canal $1,995 (11 days)

Mexico Getaway voyage $995 (4 days)

All referenced fares are per person, based on double occupancy.

Reservations for Cunard’s 2010 and 2011 itineraries will be open for booking on April 17. For more information, please contact your travel professional.

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