CUNARD PLANS NORTH AMER­I­CAN VOYAGES FOR 2019 CRUISE SEA­SON

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Cunard Line (cruise.cen­ter/cunard/) is putting re­newed fo­cus on its North Amer­i­can de­par­tures for 2019, with voyages aboard its Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria, and iconic transat­lantic liner, Queen Mary 2, sched­uled to grace the east and west coast.

These new voyages — which open for book­ing on Sept. 15, 2017 — in­clude Cunard’s first foray into Alaska in two decades; an ex­tended transat­lantic sea­son in­cor­po­rat­ing ports in Canada’s Mar­itimes; and a spec­tac­u­lar voy­age aboard the Queen Elizabeth from Yoko­hama, Ja­pan to Van­cou­ver.

“The 2019 de­ploy­ment has the best se­lec­tion of cruise ex­pe­ri­ences we have ever of­fered,” said Josh Lei­bowitz, se­nior vice pres­i­dent, Cunard North Amer­ica.

“We are thrilled to in­tro­duce new itin­er­ar­ies tai­lored to the North Amer­i­can mar­ket­place. Now rep­re­sents the per­fect time to ex­pe­ri­ence Cunard.”

Lead­ing the pack is Cunard’s mas­sive flag­ship, Queen Mary 2. She’ll com­plete 19 transat­lantic cross­ings in 2019, sail­ing from New York to Southamp­ton, Eng­land or re­verse.

But for the first time in her his­tory, Queen Mary 2 will of­fer a transat­lantic voy­age with ports of call along the way.

De­part­ing July 14, 2019, Voy­age M921 will see Queen Mary 2 set sail from Southamp­ton, bound for New York.

As she sails west­bound, time will be found to call on Liverpool, Eng­land be­fore ar­riv­ing for an overnight stay in Reykjavik, Ice­land.

QM2 will then sail to Cor­ner Brook, N.L., and Hal­i­fax, N.S., be­fore ar­riv­ing in New York on July 28, 2019.

This one-way, 14-night cross­ing is only of­fered once and is likely to sell out very far in ad­vance.

Queen Mary 2’s Canada and New Eng­land sea­son is also be­ing ex­tended, with five week­long voyages to the Mar­itimes.

Queen Mary 2 also cel­e­brates Amer­i­can In­de­pen­dence Day (July 4) with a spe­cial seven-day voy­age sail­ing round trip from New York that calls on Hal­i­fax and New­port, Rhode Is­land, in ad­di­tion to an overnight stay in Boston. Voy­age M919 de­parts New York on June 30, 2019.

Over on the West Coast, the 2,081-guest Queen Elizabeth is worth hop­ping on­board for her unique 17-night voy­age from Yoko­hama, Ja­pan to Van­cou­ver.

De­part­ing May 5, 2019, this transpa­cific cross­ing vis­its the Ja­panese ports of Ao­mori and Sap­poro be­fore head­ing east­bound across the In­ter­na­tional Date Line to Alaska.

From there, stops are made in Ko­diak, An­chor­age and Juneau, Alaska be­fore the Queen Elizabeth ar­rives in Van­cou­ver on May 21, 2019.

A longer ver­sion of this itin­er­ary (27 nights) lasts un­til May 31 and sails from Yoko­hama to Van­cou­ver be­fore head­ing up for a more in-depth ex­plo­ration of Alaska. This cruise re­turns to Van­cou­ver.

You can also sail through the Panama Canal in 2019 aboard the Queen Elizabeth, in­clud­ing a pre­vi­ously an­nounced voy­age in Jan­uary of 2019; and a new 18-night itin­er­ary from San Fran­cisco to Fort Laud­erdale in July of 2019.

This one, Voy­age Q919F, leaves San Fran­cisco on July 3, 2019 be­fore stop­ping in Los An­ge­les for In­de­pen­dence Day and then sail­ing on through Mex­ico and Cen­tral Amer­ica for a full tran­sit of the Panama Canal.

His­tor­i­cally, most of Cunard’s fleet has been de­ployed pri­mar­ily in Europe. While there are still plenty of European-based Cunard voyages on of­fer for the 2019 sea­son, these “close-to­home” voyages are a great way to set sail with Cunard with­out need­ing the time or money in­volved with head­ing to Europe.

In ad­di­tion, more Cunard voyages have late-night and overnight calls in ports around the world in 2019, and all three Cunard ships are of­fer­ing so­called “short break” voyages in Europe for those who want to com­bine a cruise with their European land va­ca­tion.

Most of these leave from Southamp­ton, but a few unique sail­ings de­part from Ham­burg or Kiel, Ger­many.

Of course, this is the part of the ar­ti­cle where I strongly rec­om­mend tak­ing one of Cunard’s transat­lantic cross­ings aboard Queen Mary 2.

The only pur­pose-built, modern ocean liner in the world, it lets you set out across an ocean for noth­ing but seven un­in­ter­rupted days at sea.

Bore­dom is im­pos­si­ble: From lec­tures to danc­ing to full-blown pro­duc­tion shows, there’s more than enough to keep guests busy.

Throw in a two-deck Canyon Ranch Spa and some of the most glam­orous evenings at sea, and you’ve got the recipe for a great va­ca­tion — no mat­ter where you sail to.

Happy cruis­ing.

AARON SAUN­DERS

Cunard has an­nounced a whole host of close-to-home voyages for 2019, in­clud­ing its first-ever transat­lantic cross­ing with ports of call in Ice­land, New­found­land and Nova Sco­tia.

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