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.

 

Rank Chart
Price
Total Ships
Our Score
#1
$149
3,652
7.5
#2
$91
6,296
7.4
#3
$279
4,248
7.0
#18
cunard
$748
2,620
5.1

The Good

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.

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.

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
  • Middle East
  • The Baltic
  • Scandinavia and Iceland
  • USA and Canada
  • Northern Europe
  • Transatlantic
  • Iberia
  • New England and Canada
  • World Voyages
  • Asia
  • South America

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 6 months old in order to travel. Supervised activities for children are provided throughout the day, and free group supervision is available in the evening.

Featured cruises and subsequent pricing information can change throughout the year depending on the seasons and destinations traveled. Highlighted cruises include:

Featured Cruise Trips
  • Greece and Italy in June 2015: 7 days for $899 per person
  • Istanbul and Greek Isles in June 2015: 7 days for $749 per person
Cruises to the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico and Europe
  • Caribbean: $1,599 for 13 days- $8,398 for 50 days per person
  • Europe: $398 for 2 days – $9148 for 12 days per person

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

On the Queen Elizabeth, only passenger 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.

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 3 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.

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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Audience & Convenience

Cunard Cruises attracts highly affluent passengers. Cunard Cruises range from 2-113 days and are available year-round.

Destinations for 2015
  • 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, Middle East, The Baltic, Scandinavia and Iceland, USA and Canada
Destinations for 2016
  • Northern Europe, Transatlantic, Mediterranean, Iberia and Canary Islands, Caribbean, New England and Canada, World Voyages, Australia, Asia, Africa, South America and Panama Canal

Do they offer transportation services from airports to the ports?

  • Cunard offers a range of options† to connect you to your ship — motorcoach service, private sedan or limousine — so you need not worry about a thing! Even your luggage is handled for you.
  • At the beginning and end of each sailing, Cunard’s Transfer programme offers convenient connections between the port and local airports. In New York and Southampton, Cunard also arrange services to key regional train and bus terminals. Options available for your voyage will be detailed in your preliminary travel documents — contact your Travel Agent or Cunard at (800) 728 – 6273 to pre-arrange these on your behalf.

Safety

Security

  • Passengers are personally responsible for their belongings.

How do they prevent theft?

  • Mini-safes are available in staterooms.

What precautions do they take for disease prevention? None

Vacation Protection
  • It’s strongly recommend that all guests purchase some form of travel protection that includes cancellation and interruption coverages as well as medical expenses and emergency evacuation benefits. Cunard Cruises offers CunardCare, a package of benefits comprised of the CunardCare Cancellation Fee Waiver, the CunardCare Travel Insurance and the CunardCare Worldwide Emergency Assistance Programs designed for their most valued guests.

Price

Featured Cruise Trips
  • Greece and Italy in June 2015: 7 days for $899 per person

You’ll step aboard in Athens for this seven-night discovery. After calls in the Turkish resort of Bodrum and crescent-shaped Santorini, you’ll visit Olympia, site of the ancient games. You can still admire the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples and Rome’s dizzying array of treasures.

  • Istanbul and Greek Isles in June 2015: 7 days for $749 per person

Having left Athens on this seven-night cruise, you’ll sail by Anzac Cove, site of the 1914 Gallipoli landings. Through the Dardanelles, Istanbul captures the imagination with its Grand Bazaar and Blue Mosque. The beautiful isles of Volos and Mykonos line your return to Athens.

Cruises to the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico and Europe
  • Caribbean: $1,599 for 13 days- $8,398 for 50 days per person
  • Europe: $398 for 2 days – $9148 for 12 days per person

Activities/Services

Standard on all cruise ships

  • 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.

What services/activities are unique?

  • Comedy and drama shows, Shakespeare classics and spectacular musical productions in the Royal Court Theatre
  • Cunard Insights – talks on a range of issues by well-known celebrities and experts.
  • Go dancing in the nightclub or Queens Room
  • Live music from resident bands to jazz ensembles and classical recitals to singers
  • Full use of the sports court for football, deck tennis, basketball and more.
  • A choice of swimming pools and whirlpool spas.
  • Fully equipped gym.

Service Fees

  • Internet and Wi-fi
  • Offshore Excursions
  • Full Laundry and Dry Cleaning: Self-Service Washers, Dryers, and Ironing Also Available

Contact Information

Customer Service: (800) 728-6273

Cruise Vacation Planner: (800) 468-7752

 

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