Cu­nard Cruise Line: The Ul­ti­mate Es­cape

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Of­fer­ing a col­lec­tion of dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ences, in­clud­ing short breaks, length­ier ad­ven­tures, the iconic trans-at­lantic cross­ings and ex­tra­or­di­nary roundthe-world cruises – with des­ti­na­tions in­clud­ing Hong Kong, Aus­tralia, Singapore and more, Cu­nard Line prom­ises pas­sen­gers ex­cep­tional big-ship ex­trav­a­gance with a heady Golden-era ap­proach. Backed by time­less Cu­nard ser­vice and fan­tas­tic fa­cil­i­ties, your cruise will fea­ture lav­ish ac­com­mo­da­tion, su­perb din­ing and an ex­trav­a­gant ar­ray of on-board en­ter­tain­ment in­clud­ing balls, the­atres and sports.

Once seen as the do­main of the rich and fa­mous, tak­ing a Cu­nard Line lux­ury cruise is a lav­ish af­fair, and one that re­quires care­ful plan­ning as each ship and des­ti­na­tion of­fers pas­sen­gers a unique and dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence. The cruises also sell out quickly, so once you have cho­sen your route and se­lected your ship, ad­vance book­ing is highly rec­om­mended and book­ings are al­ready be­ing taken for 2020.

The names of the three-strong Cu­nard fleet are in­stantly recog­nis­able: the flag­ship of the fleet, the 2,691-pas­sen­ger Queen Mary 2; the 1,988-pas­sen­ger Queen Vic­to­ria; and the 2,068-pas­sen­ger Queen

El­iz­a­beth, with a fourth, as yet un­named, ship set to de­but in 2022.

Fol­low­ing its ren­o­va­tion in 2016, The Queen Mary 2 is a wor­thy stan­dard bearer for this fa­mous cruise line and of­fers pas­sen­gers the most for­mal of ex­pe­ri­ences where ev­ery suite and state­room is a per­sonal oa­sis and its in­nu­mer­able restau­rants cel­e­brate the finest in­ter­na­tional cuisines.

Found both fore and aft on the up­per lev­els, the Queens Grill of­fers the largest and most lav­ish suites on board. They have the most spec­tac­u­lar views and, with the ex­clu­sive Grills Lounge, pri­vate ter­race with whirlpool and restau­rant, of­fer pas­sen­gers the op­por­tu­nity to re­lax in tran­quil lux­ury. A per­sonal but­ler will at­tend to your ev­ery need and the vast spa­ces in­clude a large lounge and din­ing area for in-suite deca­dence. On board, pas­sen­gers can en­joy fan­tas­tic din­ing, the ro­mance of the Prom­e­nade Deck, danc­ing in the Queens Room, sports, the theatre, shop­ping and the Plan­e­tar­ium, aside from re­lax­ation in the pools, on deck or in the spa.

The new­est ship in the fleet, the Queen El­iz­a­beth, is de­signed to evoke the hey­day of Hol­ly­wood glam­our. The wood pan­elling, gleam­ing chan­de­liers, mar­ble floor­ing and beau­ti­ful dec­o­ra­tive touches ex­ude lux­ury and el­e­gance. The en­ter­tain­ment is equally as evoca­tive, with live mu­si­cians at the many bars and clubs, but the heart and soul of the Queen El­iz­a­beth is the Queens Room, a lav­ish ball­room where ev­ery night there is ball­room and Latin danc­ing be­fore and af­ter din­ner. The other big evening events are shows in the stun­ning theatre, which in­cludes 20 VIP boxes for that Al­bert Hall feel.

The ac­com­mo­da­tion fol­lows the same pat­tern as the Queen Mary 2 with the hand­made up­hol­stery and light hues of the Queens Grill of­fer­ing both the largest and best po­si­tioned suites and state­rooms. The Grills restau­rants of­fer the most ex­cep­tional food and ser­vice at sea, while the grand Bri­tan­nia Restau­rant re­flects the clas­sic golden age of ocean travel. The fa­mous Cu­nard Af­ter­noon Tea, re­laxed Golden Lion pub and the so­phis­ti­cated Com­modore Club are just a few of the other high­lights wait­ing to be en­joyed.

Cu­nard's small­est cruise liner, the Queen Vic­to­ria, is cur­rently un­der­go­ing a mi­nor re­fit but book­ings are be­ing taken for late 2018 on­wards. The re­fit aims to ef­fort­lessly blend all that is fab­u­lous about the great Cu­nard lin­ers of the past with fine wood de­tail­ing and brass fix­tures mixed with mod­ern com­fort and lux­ury. cu­nard.com

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