VALENCIA, CA – From March through December 2018, Cunard’s three iconic Queens will set sail on a brand new program of destinations and special event sailings. Guests will be able to visit extraordinary places around the globe and experience exclusive events never seen before at sea, all from the luxury and glamour of Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria and newly-remastered Queen Mary 2.
On board every Cunard Queen, guests are welcomed to discover a wide array of entertainment and activities expertly curated to suit every taste. In addition to new itineraries, the 2018 Programme features a brand new lineup of special event cruises including high profile speakers and excursions themed around passion points to add an extra dimension to each voyage.
“On behalf of Cunard, we are proud to announce the robust 2018 Voyage Program, comprised of exciting special event cruises and both iconic and intriguing destinations” said Richard Meadows, President, Cunard North America. “We continue to connect our guests to new destinations while delivering Cunard’s quintessential experience of luxury on a grand scale.”
2018 Special Event Sailings:
Voyage du Vin (June 1-8, 2018 / Spain and Portugal):
Wine tasting on board Queen Victoria introduces guests to some of Europe’s finest wine and port destinations, along with on board lectures from experts such as Will Lyons and excursions around the Atlantic Coast with port calls in Spain, Portugal and Guernsey.
A Photographic Journey to the Land of the Midnight Sun (July 1-13, 2018 / The Fjords):
Guests on Queen Elizabeth’s Norwegian Voyage will learn professional tips from esteemed photography experts such as Ross Hoddinott, one of Englands’ leading wildlife and landscape photographers, and take a trip to the Arctic Circle to photograph the stunning phenomenon of the “midnight sun.”
Big Band Ball (August 24-28, 2018 / Netherlands Escape):
Once again Queen Elizabeth plays host to a spectacular celebration of music and dance with a 13-piece Big Band Orchestra delighting guests with music from Glen Miller and Duke Ellington.
Transatlantic Fashion Week (September 2-9, 2018 / Westbound Crossing):
This unique experience allows guests to indulge in the glamour of fashion shows on board Queen Mary 2 while being treated to inspirational talks with some of fashion’s most reputable names including the respected British fashion writer and journalist Colin McDowell.
A Journey of Genealogy (November 4-11, 2018 / Westbound Crossing):
For the first time ever Cunard has collaborated with Ancestry.com, the largest online family history resource in the world, to offer guests the opportunity to trace their family trees on the remastered Queen Mary 2.
2018 Program Highlights:
Signature Cunard Transatlantic Voyages:
Cunard continues to be the only company offering regular service across the Atlantic and the world’s only remaining true ocean liner experience – something it’s been doing since 1840. In 2018 there will be 22 seven-night Transatlantic Crossings with fares from $1,199 per person, based on double occupancy.
20 Exciting Maiden Calls for the Fleet:
Rockland (United States), Sept IIes (Canada), Visby (Sweden), Riga (Latvia), Klaipeda (Lithuania), Bodo (Norway), Narvik (Norway), Hvar (Croatia), Puerto del Rosario (Spain), La Rochelle (France), Gijon (Spain), Taormina (Italy), Portree (United Kingdom), Donegal (Ireland), Haugesund (Norway), Propriano (Corsica), Portoroz (Slovenia) and Rijeka (Croatia).
Top Ten Ports Brought Back in 2018:
Fort de France (Martinique), Kingstown (St Vincent), Gdynia (Poland), Bilbao (Spain), Corner Brook (Canada), Travemunde (Germany), Helsingor (Denmark), Alghero (Sardinia), Helsinki (Finland) and Kristiansand (Norway).
Overnight Calls in Spectacular Destinations:
Funchal (Portugal), Quebec (Canada), Reykjavik (Iceland), St Petersburg (Russian Federation), Rotterdam (The Netherlands) and Venice (Italy).
Evenings in Port (departures at 9:00 pm or later):
Barcelona (Spain), Bilbao (Spain), Bodo (Norway), Boston (United States), Bridgetown (Barbados), Dublin (Ireland), Dubrovnik (Croatia), Gran Canaria (Spain), Mallorca (Spain), Narvik (Norway), Oslo (Norway), Philipsburg (Saint Maarten), Rotterdam (The Netherlands), Tenerife (Spain) and Venice (Italy).
An exciting and flexible Mediterranean cruise programme is available on Queen Victoria from September to November. Offering the “best of the Med” destinations covering the Western, Central and Eastern Mediterranean regions, there is a choice of three different embarkation ports (Civitavecchia, Venice, and Barcelona) and a range of 7, 9, 10, 12, 14 or 21-night options. Queen Victoria’s seven-night Mediterranean cruises feature fares from $1499 per person, based on double occupancy.
Roundtrip New York:
In 2018, there will be 12 opportunities to sail roundtrip from New York on Queen Mary 2, offering guests the chance to visit the Caribbean, New England and Canada or Europe when combined with a pair of Transatlantic Crossings.