Cunard has announced a new fleet of ships and cruises. The most exciting of the bunch is the “Grand Voyage” to the Arctic. The ship will sail the Northern Seas in a circular route that takes in the Canadian Arctic, the Northwest Passage and the Bering Sea, before returning to Scotland. The journey will last about eight days, during which passengers will have the opportunity of venturing into the ship’s elegant spa and visiting Cunard’s own private, private island of Skerryness, situated in the North Sea.
Cunard’s latest grand voyage will see the famed British passenger liner set sail for the Mediterranean in Spring 2018. The ship will depart from Southampton and will call at destinations including Cyprus, Italy, Greece, Turkey and Croatia.
Cunard is the second largest cruise line in the world (after Royal Caribbean), and today it revealed a new addition to its fleet. The company announced today 40 new voyages that will be offered on its Grand Voyages fleet, which has a cruising range of 3,500 nautical miles. The new 40 voyages include a number of historic routes, as well as an ambitious plan to sail to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico in 2018.
Cunard North America Vice President of Sales Jamie Paiko stated, “We are delighted to introduce our new ‘Grand Escape Voyages’ as we celebrate Cunard’s complete return to sailing.”
“These new itineraries will not disappoint our loyal customers who have been longing to sail on their favorite ship for a long time. They will once again enjoy our unique ocean travel experience, which will be distinguished by new trip choices and our unmatched White Star Service.”
2nd Queen Mary
Grand Escape Voyages will be operated by the fleet’s flagship on both sides of the Atlantic, stopping at 15 ports in 14 nations.
With departures from New York City, Fort Lauderdale, Hamburg, and Southampton, the Queen Mary 2 will supplement a series of Transatlantic Crossings with short sailings throughout western Europe and the Caribbean.
The Caribbean cruises will include stops in St. Maarten, Dominica, St. Lucia, and St. Kitts, as well as an overnight stay in Barbados’ Bridgetown.
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Elizabeth, Queen of the United Kingdom
Queen Elizabeth’s Grand Escape Voyages season will feature visits to 41 ports in 21 countries, after a summer of sailing around Britain’s coastline.
She’ll start in Western Europe before heading to the Iberian Coast for a series of voyages that will take her through Spain and the Atlantic Islands. Lisbon and Madeira, as well as late departures from Malaga, will have overnight port stays.
Following those cruises, Queen Elizabeth will embark on a series of trips between London, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Dubai, including a Suez Canal transit and stops in Sri Lanka and Malaysia.
Elizabeth, Queen of the United Kingdom (Photo courtesy of Cunard)
Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom
The Grand Escape Voyages, which will commence in April 2024, will commemorate Queen Victoria’s formal return to sailing with three new itineraries that combine two western Europe sailings with a 16-night Baltic exploration trip.
The ship will go roundtrip from Southampton, stopping at Copenhagen, Helsinki, Tallinn, and Gdynia, as well as overnight stops in Amsterdam, Lisbon, and St. Petersburg.
Cunard Upgraded twice
Travelers who book a Grand Escape Voyage by September 30, 2024 on sailings six to 52 nights will receive the Cunard Double Upgrade from Inside to Balcony, free onboard credit up to $600 per stateroom, included gratuities, and reduced deposits. Grill Suite guests will also enjoy free drinks and free internet access.
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