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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Cunard previews 2014 cruise program

Venerable Line Renews Mediterranean Focus and Features
10th Birthday Celebrations for Flagship Queen Mary 2
  • New Queen Elizabeth Mediterranean itineraries
  • New twist to Queen Mary 2 Transatlantic Crossings
  • Three Queens event to celebrate Queen Mary 2 10th birthday    

  • 7 March 2014 Cunard previewed today the line’s new 2014 cruise programme, featuring a markedly increased presence in the Mediterranean, and special Transatlantic Crossings and celebratory events to mark the 10th birthday of flagship Queen Mary 2.

    “Our new 2014 itineraries offer added variety and innovation to our loyal Cunarders, as well as appeal to today’s luxury traveller,” announced Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line, while aboard Queen Mary 2 during her port of call to Sydney, Australia.  “By offering the best in cities and destinations, along with the outstanding luxury experience on board, Cunard is a compelling vacation choice for 2014.”
  • Queen Elizabeth in Venice, Italy
    Shanks continued, “Our unique international mix creates a cosmopolitan flavour on board, which appeals to the growing number of luxury travellers around the world who are looking for a discerning vacation experience.”

    The new programme commences in Spring 2014, following the return of Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth from their extensive 2014 World Voyages.

    Full Season for Queen Elizabeth in the Mediterranean
    The highly rated Queen Elizabeth – the 2012 recipient of Travel Weekly’s Silver Magellan Award for “Luxury Cruise Ship” – offers one of the best experiences in the Mediterranean:
  • Departures from June to December 2014 in the Mediterranean
  • Choice of seven-, 14- or 21-day durations, with departures from Venice, Rome and Athens; seven-day itineraries can be combined to suit individual preference
  • Over 70 departure combinations available
  • Destinations rich in content, with 25 different ports visiting a mix of famous cities, iconic sights and intimate islands, including overnight stays in Istanbul and Venice
  • Maiden calls at seven ports, including Elba, Kotor (Montenegro), Bodrum (Turkey), Volos (Greece) and Palermo (Sicily)
Queen Victoria at sea
Queen Mary 2 North America Sailings
Four roundtrip sailings from New York offer a particular North American focus: 

  • 4th of July Getaway cruise with Boston fireworks
  • 22 December 12-night Caribbean Fiesta Christmas and New Year celebration sailing
  • Two 12-night Fall Colours cruises to Canada and New England 
New Queen Mary 2 Transatlantic Crossings
The popularity of Transatlantic Crossings on Queen Mary 2 continues to grow, and 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the most famous ship in the world.  Queen Mary 2 will undertake 18 Crossings between Southampton and New York during 2014, including: 

  • Two, eight-night Crossings via Halifax (Nova Scotia, Canada) to celebrate Cunard’s Transatlantic heritage – Halifax was originally the line’s east coast port of call – and to honour the birthplace of company founder Samuel Cunard
  • Two “Birthday Crossings” to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Queen Mary 2 – which will include a host of special events and celebrations – from Southampton to New York on 9 May, and New York to Southampton on 16 May
  • Three Queens event in Southampton on 9 May to celebrate the 10th Anniversary
  • Ten Crossings between Hamburg and New York, featuring two-night escorted tours of Hamburg and Berlin
Cunard's flagship Queen Mary 2 in New York City
The Best of Europe with Queen Victoria and Queen Mary 2
Based in Southampton for Summer 2014, Queen Victoria will offer a variety of strong itineraries to the Fjords, Baltic and Iceland, plus sailings to the Black Sea and Atlantic Isles.  In addition: 

  • Queen Victoria will sail a Round Britain cruise with a call at Liverpool timed to coincide with the 100th Anniversary of the first sailing of Cunard’s Aquitania on 30 May.
  • Queen Mary 2 will offer Northern Europe sailings from Hamburg to appeal to the German and North American markets.
  • Queen Victoria will feature maiden calls to six ports including, Invergordon, Skagen (Denmark), Mytilene (Greece) and St. Tropez. 
Cunard’s 2014 Voyage Progamme goes on sale worldwide on 9 April.  Full details, including itinerary information and fares, will be released in each market over the next two weeks.
For more information about Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria or Queen Elizabeth and to book a voyage, contact your Travel Agent, call Cunard toll-free at 1-800-728-6273, or go to www.cunard.com.

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About Cunard Line
Cunard Line, operator of the luxury ocean liners Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth, has long been synonymous with the quest for new discoveries and the epitome of British refinement since the company's first paddle-wheeled steamer, Britannia, crossed the Atlantic in 1840. Cunard voyages bring together like-minded travellers who relish the Cunard hallmarks of impeccable White Star Service, gourmet dining and world-class entertainment. Today, Cunard offers the only regularly scheduled Transatlantic liner service and continues the legacy of world cruising which it began in 1922.

World’s Leading Cruise Lines
Cunard is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines. Our exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises and Seabourn. Sharing a passion to please each guest and a commitment to quality and value, World’s Leading Cruise Lines inspires people to discover their best vacation experience. Together, we offer a variety of exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable destinations.  Visit us at www.worldsleadingcruiselines.com.

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