Since 1922, Cunard’s Queen Victoria has curated unique and innovative voyages that have over the years become a staple of the cruise line. During her 94 years on the high seas, she has provided many ‘firsts’ in the cruise industry. It’s now time to add one more! On January 25th – during her maiden voyage through the dark Rio Negro and pale Amazon River in Manaus, Brazil – Cunard’s Queen Victoria became the largest passenger ship to sail the Amazon River.
February 1, 2017 No Comments
The flagship cocktail menu served in the popular Commodore Club on all Cunard ships will share its spotlight with more modern and iconic signature cocktails carefully designed to reflect the personalities of the Knighted Cunard Commodores on upcoming cruises. This contemporary enhancement highlights incredible craftsmanship of talented onshore and onboard bar teams who bring to life the rich maritime past of Cunard and re-tell intriguing stories from captains like Commodore Sir Arthur Rostron who led the safe rescue of all survivors of the Titanic.
Seven of the most decorated Cunard Commodores in Queen Mary 2’s Commodore Club will be honored with striking monograms and remarkable new depictions in the renowned bar. Cocktails such as ‘Punch Romain à la Carpathia’, believed to be the last beverage served aboard the Titanic, and ‘Over the Top’ inspired by Commodore Sir James Charles together with other newly designed cocktails will be enjoyed by guests who dare to indulge.
July 19, 2016 6 Comments
The already stunning Queen Elizabeth has been refurbished after only four years of sailing. Cunard really listened to their guests’ response on what could be enhanced aboard Queen Elizabeth. She was dry docked in Hamburg for 20 days, where routine maintenance and several enhancements were completed. Cunard planned these refurbishments and new designs for over 18 months, and now the revitalized Queen Elizabeth is sailing with her fresh makeover. Some of the new enhancements include: nine single cabins (a brand new concept to Cunard), new mattresses in all of the staterooms, brand new flat screen TVs in all of the staterooms, new carpeting throughout the ship and shaded cabana areas by the pool for guests.
Queen Elizabeth is Cunard’s newest luxury liner, named in 2010 by Her Majesty the Queen. Recalling the rich heritage of the first Cunarder to bear the name, her elegance and modern features have won her many accolades and made her a firm favorite with her passengers. Some of her many unique features include: The Royal Spa, The Royal Arcade, Games Deck, The Garden Lounge, Queens Room and The Verandah, to name a few.
To sail on the refurbished Queen Elizabeth, call one of our Cunard experts at 1-800-377-9383 today!
December 4, 2014 No Comments
Cunard is packing their sailings with some familiar faces. The cruise line, which is celebrating 175 years at sea, is making this anniversary year one for the books with a wide variety of celebrities setting sail. As we’ve already written about, the cruise line is welcoming James Taylor in August on the Queen Mary 2. The cruise line is also hosting Director Wes Anderson, along with frequent collaborators Roman Coppola, Jason Schwarzman and Academy Award-winning actress Tilda Swinton. This group will be on the June 13th Sailing of the Queen Mary 2.
Just recently, Cunard Line announced two more celebrities to come aboard this year, Kim Novak and George Takei. [Read more →]
June 9, 2014 No Comments
If you are at all familiar with Wes Anderson, you know he has a style all his own. The acclaimed director is the genius behind movies like The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Rushmore. His films are filled with quirky characters, exotic settings and sometimes even fanciful animation. He has garnered somewhat of a cult following amongst movie-goers and actors alike.
Fans of Wes Anderson and his frequent collaborator Jason Schwartzman will be delighted to know that the two will be on the June 13, 2014 sailing of the Queen Mary 2 from New York City to Southampton. Onboard they will be hosting screenings and conducting Q & A sessions. The two will be joined by Academy Award-winning actress Tilda Swinto,n who is known for her often gender-bending style; and writer and producer Roman Coppola. Coppola co-wrote Moonrise Kingdom, which Anderson directed. He is also the son of Francis Ford Coppola. [Read more →]
May 7, 2014 No Comments
Beatlemania is back in a big way this year. 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first trip to the US. Their debut on The Ed Sullivan Show started a culture shift in America still seen today. In honor of the Beatles, one of the United Kingdom’s most enduring exports, Cunard, a distinctly British cruise line, is offering up the Beatles Experience on three of their upcoming sailings. [Read more →]
March 11, 2014 No Comments
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a specialty as something that a person or place is known for making or producing well. We think everyone has a hidden specialty, something that makes you stand out. You might have a specialty in baking chocolate chip cookies, or perhaps you have a certain way around car engines. Cruise lines also have their own specialties, and we set a few aside that put extra emphasis on that specialty and make it an interesting aspect of your cruise.
We’ll break these specialties down into three main categories: river cruising, onboard experience and expedition cruising.
1) River Cruising
There are river cruises, which are cruises that sail on the world’s rivers and offer interesting insights into the culture of the towns and cities that line each river’s banks. Because of the rivers’ sizes and lock systems, river ships are much smaller than ocean vessels. These smaller ships offer travelers an intimate experience that in many cases affords them the chance to discover cultural traditions and customs that are not widely known. For instance, during the holiday season these ships arrange for you to attend various Christmas Markets in Europe, where handmade goods are sold by local artisans and crafters. River cruise lines like Avalon Waterways, Viking River Cruises and Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection all differ in the itineraries and experiences they deliver, but all specialize in river cruising. [Read more →]
October 22, 2013 No Comments
By Austin Gambino, The Cruise Web, Inc.
As the Olympics press on, we felt it appropriate to discuss another London tradition of success: the Cunard Line. Cunard has been connected with Great Britain since its inception in 1840, when it was named the British & North American Royal Mail Steam-Packet Company, which is a bit verbose and may explain the name change. It is now British-American owned, and operated by Carnival UK. [Read more →]
August 9, 2012 No Comments
Courtesy of Cunard Line.
Cunard Line, one of the oldest names in passenger shipping operating the youngest fleet at sea, will offer its guests the opportunity to be married on board for the first time in its 171-year history. Beginning Spring 2012, a luxury cruise aboard Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth will offer a selection of wedding packages, commencing after the World Voyages have been completed. The Weddings programme will go on sale in December 2011, with expanded details available soon. [Read more →]
November 16, 2011 No Comments
Courtesy of Cunard Line.
In addition to the compelling series of Cunard Insights speakers and other activities aboard a luxury cruise vacation on Queen Mary 2, the ship’s 2011 Transatlantic Crossings season will feature a robust line-up of some of the world’s most sought-after music performances. Aboard Cunard Line’s flagship, guests will have the rare opportunity to intimately experience the world-class talents of virtuoso violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn, musicians from New York’s famed Juilliard School, and London’s in-demand National Symphony Orchestra under Conductor Anthony Inglis.
“At Cunard Line, we pride ourselves on providing glamorous experiences to our guests, whether it is through our formal nights or extensive entertainment options,” said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line. “The caliber of these accomplished musicians will certainly heighten the grand sense of occasion that our guests enjoy whilst sailing on a Cunard voyage.”
Having set sail on 17 May from New York, celebrated American virtuoso violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn will perform in partnership with one of the world’s most legendary instruments, the Red Mendelssohn Stradivarius of 1720, said to have inspired the Academy Award(r)-winning film “The Red Violin.” Ms. Pitcairn appears in the 10th anniversary Meridian Collection edition of the film in a special feature documentary interview.
Influenced by the musical and comedic genius of legendary Hollywood stars Judy Garland, Jackie Gleason and Victor Borge, as well as the beauty and talent of concert violinists David Oistrakh and Jascha Heifetz, Pitcairn has created her own signature style of performance. During the summer of 2011, she will become the first successive executive director of the Luzerne Music Center and Chamber Music Festival in New York in more than 30 years. An alumna of the intensive summer camp in upstate New York, she was chosen by the founders to carry on the tradition of building young artists and audiences of the future. She is an alumna and former adjunct professor at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, and is currently on the faculty of the Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles.
Prior to Tuesday’s embarkation, Queen Mary 2’s Entertainment Director Paul O’Loughlin presented Pitcairn and Luzerne board member Michael Conway with a donation from Cunard of $7,500 to support the school’s summer camp performing arts programme for instrumentalists, composers and conductors, ages 10-18.
Juilliard School Jazz Ensemble
As part of Cunard Line’s ongoing partnership with the renowned Juilliard School, jazz musicians from the famed performing arts institution will return for a second year to demonstrate their extraordinary talents on an even greater number of Crossings. With performances scheduled in the Chart Room and the Royal Court Theatre, guests will also have the opportunity to attend fascinating Q&A sessions with the musicians. They will sail aboard these select Transatlantic Crossings: 17 May, 10 June, 20 July, 15 August, 22 August, 5 September, 23 October, 10 November and 12 December.
The National Symphony Orchestra with Conductor Anthony Inglis
Following their spectacular Transatlantic Crossings in 2009 and 2010, the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) will perform on the 7 October Eastbound Transatlantic Crossing. Once again, guests will be invited to sing with the NSO on the stage of the Royal Court Theatre.
Additionally, guests will have the opportunity to attend rehearsals with NSO Conductor Anthony Inglis, and prepare for Cunard’s Last Night of the Proms to be staged at the end of the Crossing. A Grammy(r)-nominated conductor, Inglis has been featured more times at London’s Royal Albert Hall than anyone else in the iconic venue’s history. He leads a prolific international career, appearing with some of the greatest orchestras in concert halls from Australia to Scotland.
The NSO is one of the busiest freelance orchestras in the United Kingdom, working with Katherine Jenkins, Russell Watson and many other popular classical artists. Members of the NSO can be heard on many major film soundtracks, and among the luminaries with whom they have appeared include Reba McEntire and Sir Cliff Richard, who was backed by the ladies of the NSO string section at the Royal Albert Hall.
Queen Mary 2’s Transatlantic Crossings reflect the pinnacle of civility and refinement in ocean travel. The only company offering regularly scheduled Transatlantic liner service, Cunard is sailing 21 classic Transatlantic voyages between New York and Southampton, with extended Crossings between New York and Hamburg. In addition, “Grand” voyage options are available, roundtrip from New York, combining classic European itineraries with a Transatlantic Crossing on either side.
June 2, 2011 1 Comment