TORONTO — The news reports coming in from Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands are heartbreaking, and the images even more so.
VALENCIA — Cunard will spend its first full season in Alaska from June through September in 2020 on the newly-refitted Queen Elizabeth.
Cunard is making its grand return to Alaska in May 2019. The cruise line says that due to high demand, it will double its program in 2020.
The expanded program will offer 10 roundtrip voyages out of Vancouver ranging from nine to 12 nights and one getaway cruise to San Francisco for an overnight stay on Independence Day, July 4.
“We are so excited to offer an extended season in Alaska on Queen Elizabeth in 2020,” said Josh Leibowitz, SVP Cunard North America. “Due to strong demand and passenger feedback, Cunard has more than doubled its voyages in Alaska, visiting the most incredible cities with longer time in port to enjoy this inspiring destination.”
Each Alaska voyage will feature destinations along the Pacific Northwest coast of Alaska and British Columbia with longer time in port including Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka. In addition, the voyages offer scenic cruising in the narrow waterways of the Inside Passage, the Hubbard Glacier and Sawyer Glacier’s twin fjords, Tracy Arm and Endicott Arm.
Passengers can combine the voyages, including the Alaska roundtrips, Independence Day cruise and the North Pacific Crossings from Yokohama or to Tokyo. These 2020 voyages include: . Alaska Voyage, roundtrip from Vancouver, 10 nights from June 2-12, 2019 (Q017), fares starting at US$1,599; Independence Day Celebration, Vancouver to San Francisco with an overnight in port, 3 nights from July 2-5 (Q020A), fares starting at $599; San Francisco to Vancouver, 16 nights from July 5-21 (Q020D), fares starting at $2,659; and Vancouver to Tokyo, 29 nights from August 29-September 28 (Q026A), fares starting at $4,459.
Queen Elizabeth, the youngest ship in the fleet, just came out of its refit this November, launching a new spa concept onboard: Mareel Wellness & Beauty, developed in partnership with industry innovator Canyon Ranch. In addition, many public spaces, bars and lounges have been updated and all Grill Suites and Britannia Staterooms have new carpets and soft furnishings. The Royal Court Theatre had a complete technical overhaul, while the Royal Arcade has been enhanced to offer an elevated shopping experience; and the outdoor decks have new furniture with a new layout on the Sun Deck.
Cunard also says its continuing its partnership with Rocky Mountaineer, offering pre- and post-cruise tours on the famous railroad. Tours include either three- to five-nights’ accommodation, plus two full days aboard the train.
Guests will also be able to take advantage of the three-night pre-cruise tour Vancouver and Whistler Highlights, taking in the best of Vancouver including Grouse Mountain and Stanley Park, and a full day in Whistler and Shannon Falls via the Sea-to-Sky Corridor.
Guests who book launch fares in Britannia accommodations on voyages seven nights or longer by Feb. 28, 2019 will receive free Onboard Credit up to $600 per stateroom, and third and fourth guests in the same stateroom will pay only $100 per person.
Grill Suite guests who book voyages seven nights or longer by Feb. 28, 2019 will receive: free onboard credit up to $2,000 per stateroom; Free Drinks package; free gratuities; and third and fourth guests in the same stateroom pay $500 per person.