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What is Cunard Line?

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The age of elegance lives on aboard Cunard's three ships, with white-gloved afternoon teas, grand staircases, and formal nights in fine restaurants. Flagship Queen Mary 2 offers talks, lectures, a planetarium, and even kennels for passengers' cats and dogs as it crosses the Atlantic between Southampton and New York. The fleet is due to be joined by fourth ship Queen Anne in 2024. In 2023 Cunard will celebrate the centenary of its pioneering world cruise with two global voyages setting off from Southampton. QM2 will depart on a 102-night journey, while Queen Victoria's odyssey will be 101 nights.

Why choose this cruise line?

Cunard offers a charming blend of old-world elegance and contemporary touches.

While you are not going to find any water parks or roller coasters on board Cunard’s fleet, there is still plenty to keep you entertained at sea, from classic games such as paddle tennis, shuffleboard and croquet, to dance lessons, movie screenings, cooking demos and lectures.

In the evenings, guests can enjoy quizzes, karaoke, dancing and live bands, or else retreat for a nightcap in one of the ships’ bars. Cunard is in the more luxury bracket when it comes to cost, but you are paying for the iconic cruising experience.

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Reviews for Cunard Line

Cruise Overall
4.4 / 5
Value for Money
4.2 / 5
Ship Overall
4.4 / 5

Cunard Line Customer Reviews

By Kathleen on 12/06/2022

Northern Lights cruise,excellent value.Fabulous ship,entertainment good.Problems due to Covid,staff did very best under difficult circumstances. Highly recommended.

By Mollie on 09/06/2022

SUPURB CREW whose care and professionalism at all times was second to none

By Stephanie on 09/06/2022

An amazingly smooth Atlantic crossing with plenty of opportunitries for relaxation (lovely spa and pool) great entertainment and delicious food throughout. Interesting destinations from New York up th...

By Ronald on 09/06/2022

The overall cruise was fine but I feel the ship was let down with poor entertainment and venues with not much happening in them. The service was not that great when you wanted a drink it was either i...

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Cruising with Cunard

The legendary cruise line is famed for its nostalgic transatlantic sailings, reminiscent of a bygone era with formal black-tie dinners, classically British afternoon teas and ballroom galas.

The ships’ elegant, art deco design features, grand furnishings and images of Hollywood starlets all serve as reminders of the golden age of cruising.

Cunard has become known for its cultural enrichment voyages, including the annual Transatlantic Fashion Week cruise, which has seen the line partner with well-known designers including Zandra Rhodes, Julien McDonald and Badgley Mischka, as well as its Literary Festival of Sea, which has previously featured authors Ian Rankin, Alexander McCall Smith, Prue Leith and Joanne Harris.

Cunard offers a stylish and traditional style of cruising that’s in a league all of its own.

Cunard offers a stylish and traditional style of cruising that’s in a league all of its own. Credit: Cunard

Who should travel with Cunard

Passengers seeking a traditional, glamorous and formal style of cruising will love travelling aboard Cunard’s fleet of ships. Typically (and unsurprisingly), the transatlantic voyages predominantly attract older British and North American cruisers, but you will find some younger couples and families.

You will also find some furry companions on board Cunard’s Queen Mary 2, being the only ship in the world that permits pets to cruise with their owners between the two countries.

While traditional in design, the ships are modern in terms of facilities, with wi-fi, computer lounges and shopping boutiques.

However, the cruise line has one of the strictest formal dress codes at sea, with even informal nights requiring jackets and dresses, so those seeking a more relaxed and contemporary style of luxury cruising should look elsewhere.

Cunard cruise destinations

Along with its iconic transatlantic voyages, Cunard also offers sailings across the world. Destinations include the Mediterranean, US and Canada, Alaska, South America, Northern Europe, Canary Islands, the Caribbean, Africa, the Indian Ocean, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, and the South Pacific.

Cunard’s around-the-world voyages are also fairly legendary, with the cruise line’s RMS Laconia having sailed the first one nearly a century ago in 1922.

Britannia Club restaurant provides impeccable service that also combines mouth-watering cuisine. Credit: Cunard

Cunard Dining

Britannia Restaurant – a stylish and vibrant evening where dishes range from traditional favourites to contemporary selections.

Britannia Club restaurant – with an intimate backdrop, this restaurant provides impeccable service that also combines mouth-watering cuisine.

Princess Grill – open for breakfast, lunch and dinner this restaurant serves dishes such as Goats Cheese Soufflé or Yellow Find Tuna Tartare.

Queens Grill – a remarkable dining experience whether it is for breakfast, lunch or dinner, you will experience exquisite contemporary creations at this restaurant.

Steakhouse at The Verandah – a sublime experience, this restaurant offers classics from New York strip steak and Alaskan king crab.

Dinner at the Lido – a quiet escape, dinner at the Lido provides a fusion of fresh seasonal flavours in a relaxed, yet intimate, setting.

Al Fresco – available on Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth, there is outdoor dining available at the Lido.

Traditional Afternoon Tea – an hour-long afternoon tea that perfectly encapsulates Cunard’s service and sense of occasion.

The Golden Lion – eatery with a unique atmosphere that gives off the vibes of a real pub, full of great beers and scrumptious lunches.

Cunard bars

Gin & Fizz – a stylish bar where you can savour a premium gin or your favourite Prosecco or Champagne.

Commodore Club – a magical bar that overlooks the bow of the ship.

Chart Room – a classic bar that has an impressive drink range.

The Royal Court Theatre shows everything from musicals to dramas. Credit: Cunard

Cunard Entertainment

It is hard to become bored on Cunard Line with plenty to do both during the day and at night.

Planetarium – the largest at sea, this planetarium has comfortable seating and incredible illuminations in a luxury 3D cinema.

Sporting activities – enjoy table tennis, paddle tennis, golf putting and swimming too on Cunard ships.

Dance Classes – available on voyages of seven nights or more, these classes are offered at a variety of different levels.

Royal Court Theatre - showing shows from musicals to dramas with comfortable seating and state-of-the-art facilities

Portrait Studio – relive the special moments of your holiday with a photograph to cherish for years to come.

Art – onboard Cunard ships, there are a variety of ways to get involved with the arts from watercolour classes to talks and seminars.

Insights and enrichment – during your voyage, you will be joined by some famous faces whether it be a politician or an eminent scientist, to give insightful talks.

Classical concerts – on every sea day you will find a classical recital to indulge in with a wide variety of talented guest musicians, each voyage will bring a new and varied programme.

Library – take a break from the pool and immerse yourself in the largest book collection at sea.

Indoor games – when the weather isn’t great, Cunard has an option for all with indoor games available such as Mahjong, backgammon or chess.

Queens Room – the largest ballroom at sea and the social hub of the ship!

Yacht Club – full of exceptional views, this yacht club on Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth hosts many entertaining events.

Casino – join Cunard for a Monte-Carlo inspired Casino where you will find a winning combination of elegance and excitement.

Queen Mary 2 boasts a very opulent suite offering guests a luxurious stay. Credit: Cunard

Cunard Cabins

Queens Grill Suites – you will enjoy a luxurious stay with a personal butler, champagne and chocolates on arrival, pre-dinner canapés and in-suite dining from the Queens Grill menu.

Princess Grill Suites – included at this suite is concierge service, sparkling wine and chocolates on arrival, in-suite dining from the Princess Grill menu and an Illy coffee machine,

Britannia Club Balcony staterooms – comes with a private balcony, a pillow concierge menu, sparkling wine on arrival, fresh fruit on request, 24-hour room service, nightly turndown service and dining in the Britannia Club restaurant.

Britannia Balcony staterooms – equipped with a satellite TV, a mini-bar, ample storage and a steward that can assist with requests and a nightly turndown

Britannia Oceanview staterooms – with an ocean view, these staterooms include half a bottle of sparkling wine on arrival, fresh fruit on request, 24-hour room service, nightly turndown service with chocolate, satellite TV, a refrigerator and a safe.

Britannia Inside staterooms – you will always feel looked after inside these staterooms, with the same inclusions as the Britannia Oceanview Stateroom.

Britannia Single Oceanview & Britannia Single Inside – equipped with the same accommodations, except one has an ocean view, these rooms include a bed with a generous width, a bathroom with a shower and plenty of storage space.

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Cruise inclusions

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Britannia, Britannia Pub, Princess Grill or Queens Grill restaurant, or a buffet in the Golden Lion pub, King's Court or Lido
  • All entertainment and daily activities
  • On-board guest lectures and enrichment
  • Use of the library
  • Children's club
  • Flights and transfers where indicated

Unique selling points

Private Theatre Boxes

Designed in a classic opera house style, The Royal Theatre features 20 private Royal Boxes, which are available for passengers to reserve. These glamorous private boxes, provide passengers with an intimate environment to spend an unforgettable night at the theatre.

Signature White Star Service

Cunard is famous for its signature White Star Service – white gloved officers and crew on hand to provide the highest standards of service.

Illuminations Planetarium

Queen Mary 2's fantastic Illuminations movie theatre also converts into the only planetarium at sea. Seating 150 guests, shows run approximately four times per sea day. Passengers can enjoy high-tech programmes, including astronomy shows and virtual reality movies underneath the impressive planetarium dome.


The wonderful Cunard Insights programme provides a wide range of speakers, from explorers, academics and historians to scientists, novelists and biographers. Former ambassadors and politicians, award-winning actors and filmmakers have also given talks on historical and contemporary issues.