Cunard Line

Cunard

Celebrating its 175th anniversary in 2015, Cunard Line was founded in 1839 to deliver Royal Mail across the Atlantic to America. Its ships continue to reflect that proud tradition, and Queen Mary 2 in particular – the only vessel still operating a frequent Transatlantic service – reflects its proud history and carries reminders of many of the famous names who travelled with Cunard before airliners took over from ships. Cunard’s continued tradition of providing exclusive Queen’s Grill and Princess Grill restaurants, a Grills Lounge and private sundecks for passengers travelling in the top suites is sometimes unfairly criticised for its class distinction. In reality, it’s no different from MSC’s Yacht Club or Norwegian’s Haven Suites. All three Cunard ships undertake world voyages at the beginning of each year. While not built to the same exacting liner standards as flagship QM2, younger sisters Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth echo the traditional experience with their red plush theatres, Queens Room ballrooms, and English pubs (serving pints paid for in US dollars). Gratuities not included.