TORONTO — The sea’s the limit for Cunard in 2017/18 when it debuts its largest program launch ever, featuring a greater number of voyages and destinations than ever before.
In 2017, the Cunard fleet – Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria – will travel over 207,000 nautical miles, visit 93 destinations in 32 countries, and will include four maiden calls to Souda Bay, Greece; Sibenik, Croatia; Brindisi, Italy; and Praia da Vitoria, Portugal. There’ll also be two World Voyages (one on Queen Mary 2 and the other on Queen Elizabeth), 14 roundtrip New York sailings, overnight calls in eight cities including St. Petersburg, Venice and Barcelona, and South America exploration with 22 ports onboard the Queen Victoria.
Queen Mary 2 will enter 2017 with every stateroom refurbished as part of the ship’s dramatic remastering taking place this year. She will cross the Atlantic 24 times from May to December on seven- to eight-night voyages between New York and either Southampton or Le Harve. She’ll also offer roundtrip New York and Southampton cruises to New England and Canada, the Caribbean and Europe.
The Queen Victoria, meanwhile, will embark from one of four ports (Rome, Venice, Athens or Barcelona) on voyages lasting from seven to 21 nights. A total of 29 different ports in the Mediterranean will be visited from July to November, with overnight stays that include Venice, Istanbul and Barcelona. The ship will also offer select voyages from Southampton to Europe and the Caribbean.
As an added bonus, Queen Victoria will offer Britannia Club dining and accommodations for the first time in 2017.
Next year will also see the debut of new theme cruises that feature landmark celebrations and cultural experiences around the world. These include a transatlantic crossing on Queen Mary 2 to celebrate the United Nations International World Space Week, and a literary tour of the British Isles on the Queen Elizabeth featuring actor Robert Powell. Additionally, Cunard will host the ‘Big Band Ball’ onboard Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria, which will include a 13-piece Big Band Orchestra onboard.
As for world cruises, Queen Elizabeth will operate a full 122-night world circumnavigation calling on 39 ports in 25 countries, with overnight stays in places like New York, San Francisco, Sydney, Hong Kong and Cape Town. She’ll have six maiden calls in Hamilton, Bermuda; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; Mo’orea, French Polynesia; Kochi, Japan; and Malacca, Malaysia. Fares for the full 112 nights start from US$19,999.
Queen Mary 2’s 120-night East-West voyage will call on 46 ports in 24 countries and will feature two maiden calls in New Zealand, as well as overnight stays in Cape Town, Hong Kong and Dubai. On departure from Australia, the ship will set sail for Malaysia, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Thailand, then call on Aqaba on her return leg before transiting the Suez Canal and calling at Rome and Barcelona. Fares for the 134-night roundtrip New York start at $22,399.
To entice cruisers to book now, Cunard is offering a number of early booking benefits. Guests who book the Full World Voyages (89 nights or longer) on Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth by Dec. 31, 2016 will receive a number of benefits like reduced deposit, free gratuities, a Gala World Voyage special event, commemorative gifts, onboard credit of up to $3,000 per stateroom and more.
For 2017, members of the Cunard World Club will benefit from an additional 5% discount off launch fares, effective at program launch. This offer is applicable on all cruises for past guests only until Aug. 31, 2016. Not applicable to 3rd and 4th berth guests.
For 2018 World and Exotic voyages, Cunard World Club members receive discounts up to $4,000 per stateroom on bookings made by Dec. 31, 2016. Discounts apply to 1st and 2nd berth guests only.
For groups, Cunard is offering a 5% discount off launch rates in group categories, plus no deposit required for up to 16 beds. Groups can earn TCs for as low as 1 for 8, and earn amenity points to personalize the group. Grills bookings earn double the value on select amenities.
For more information visit cunard.com.