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The Cunard Cruise line features three stately ships for affluent travelers who appreciate traveling in elegance and style. The Queen Elizabeth is the newest ocean liner in the fleet and given her name directly by Her Majesty in 2010. The Queen Mary 2 is Cunard Cruise's flagship liner and does most of the transatlantic traveling and features a 3D cinema, spa, and planetarium. Queen Victoria offers a luxurious modern elegance with rich fabrics, marble, and gorgeous wood décor.

The Good

  • Amazing entertainment options
  • Dining options
  • Destinations worldwide

Amazing Entertainment

Entertainment options include comedy and drama shows, celebrity lectures, nightclubs, and live jazz and classical music. Guests may enjoy full use of a sports court to play sports such as football, tennis, and basketball. The ocean liners also come fully equipped with a gym, swimming pools, and whirlpool spas. A casino, an art gallery and a book store are also available to enjoy. Other recreational activities include shuffleboard, tennis, and a golf simulator program.

Dining Options

Flavorful meals are available in the many upscale restaurants. Dining options include Mexican cuisine, Asian menus, a South American Grill, and French cuisine. For more casual dining, visit the many buffets throughout the ships. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are available 24 hours a day. The dress code rotates around casual, informal, and formal so be sure to pack accordingly.

Destinations Worldwide

In recent years, Cunard has expanded their fleet and, in turn, have been able to venture to new areas of the world. These new destinations allow travelers to see the world without necessarily breaking the bank. While prospective travelers will need to regular check with Cunard as to what destinations they will travel to in a given year, typical destinations in years past have included:

  • Africa
  • Atlantic Isles and Canaries
  • Australia and Pacific Islands
  • British Isles and North West Europe
  • Caribbean
  • Central America and Panama Canal
  • Far East
  • Hawaii
  • Mediterranean
  • The Baltic
  • Scandinavia and Iceland
  • USA and Canada

Children's Program

Cunard's children's program features certified English nannies will change diapers, feed, and play with kids over one year of age. Children must be over six months old in order to travel. Supervised activities for children are provided throughout the day, and free group supervision is available in the evening.

Pets are Welcome

Dogs and cats are welcome on Transatlantic Crossings. Kennel programs are available for an extra charge. A full-time certified Kennel Master is employed to take care of the pets during travel. All pets will receive a complimentary gift pack.

The Bad

  • Britannia Club
  • Extra costs
  • Dress code

Britannia Club

On the Queen Elizabeth, only passengers in category AA staterooms are allowed to dine in the Britannia Club. Those staterooms are not the most expensive staterooms, but more in the mid-range pricing. Those paying more for their cruise may not appreciate not having access to an area as guests who pay less fare.

Extra Costs

Some onboard amenities do cost extra and offshore excursions are not included in the rate of the cruise. Government fees and taxes are also additional charges. Payment is due in full three months before departure. Standard amenities on all ships include:

  • A choice of Britannia, Britannia Club, Princess Grill and Queens Grill staterooms and suites.
  • Nightly turndown service with chocolate and steward
  • Satellite TV
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are available in the main restaurants
  • 24 hour room service
  • Traditional afternoon tea is served each day in the Queens Room
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks along with tea, coffee, water, and fruit juice are all available 24 hours a day at the buffet restaurants.

Dress Code

Tuxedos for men and evening gowns with gloves for women will be necessary. Many of the cruises are themed and appropriate attire for that particular theme will be required. Seating for restaurants are based on staterooms selected, limiting dining options for guests. Seating times are also based on choice of room.

The Bottom Line

Cunard Cruise Lines is fitting for all ages who enjoy a British atmosphere. Parents will enjoy the free nightly babysitting that is not offered on most other ocean liners. There are plenty of activities to enjoy from relaxing to energetic. However, many of the onboard activities are geared for senior citizens. If you prefer more kid-focused programming or prefer a completely casual sailing experience, you may want to seek another traveling option.

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