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Cunard Cruises

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Queen Mary 2 (QM2)

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

10 Night
Alaska Cruise

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Queen Elizabeth

28 Night
South Pacific Cruise

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Queen Mary 2 (QM2)

90 Night
World Cruise

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Queen Elizabeth

20 Night
Transpacific Cruise

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Virgin Voyages

9 Night
Alaska Cruise

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5 Night
Canada / New England Cruise

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8 Night
Transatlantic Cruise

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81 Night
World Cruise

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6 Night
Transatlantic Cruise

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21 Night
Mediterranean - Eastern Cruise

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7 Night
Europe - Western Cruise

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Europe - Northern Cruise

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38 Night
South Pacific Cruise

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Transatlantic Cruise

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Mediterranean - Eastern Cruise

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Cunard Cruises Tips, Activities, and Overview

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

Cunard Line Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Do Not Book Queen Anne - Might as well be P&O!!!

Currently on board Queen Anne and let me start off by saying how disappointed I am!I had booked the World Voyage on Queen Anne which I am now in talks to cancel.Read More
Gary 1

10+ Cruises

Age 55s

A good experience but also bad at the same time.

Going back to my point about the service if you got injured just expect to wait about 10 to 15 minutes for someone to look at it.I'm going to end my review by saying I'm extremely disappointed it Cunards performance on board this supposed to be spectacular maiden voyage the only thing that made it feel like a maiden voyage was the 15 minute long firework show and that was still hard to see in a busy crowd.Read More
Typhoon0105

2-5 Cruises

Age 24s

A few maiden hiccups but she's a great ship

The public areas are lovely and the new concept Queen's Room worked better for me.The rooms are smaller than the equivalents on the other Queens but they are better thought out with in built play areas for little kids and a lovely outdoor space shaded with sails that doesn't feel like a prison.Read More
tacticalbanjo

10+ Cruises

Age 37s

Enjoyable Transatlantic: Britannia Club Club Class

In conclusion, we highly recommend a transatlantic crossing on the Queen Mary 2, especially in Britannia Club Class.Queen Mary 2 Cruise Critic Review – May, 2024 Britannia Club Balcony – A1 Cabin We thoroughly enjoyed our crossing from Southampton to New York.Read More
Smokeyham

10+ Cruises

Age 62s

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