The Most Famous Ocean Liners in the World
September 2019 | By Cunard | 6 minute read |
From fabled vessels of the past to her present royal court — Queen Mary 2, also known as QM2®, Queen Victoria, also known as QV®, and Queen Elizabeth, also known as QE® — Cunard has carried guests across the great oceans and to the far points of the globe in unparalleled style.
The most glamorous names of yesterday and today have made champagne toasts in Cunard’s salons, waltzed the night away in grand ballrooms, savored grand feasts of the finest flavors in elegant dining rooms, restaurants and cafés, and whiled away hours immersed in fascinating conversation on the many decks, bars, lounges and pubs.
Book a stateroom, enjoy the luxury accommodation and relax with delicious room service dining. Indulge your curiosity, whether it’s literature or the arts, theatrical productions, music, films or the energy of a casino. There are endless entertainment and educational pursuits. Enjoy activities at sea or on land such as the spacious decks and pools, elegant soirées and scenic tours.
We invite you to take your place in the rich heritage of ocean travel, and write your own classic adventure tale. Join Cunard and let them arrange and book your journey on the legendary luxury ocean liners of Cunard.
Venture aboard the Queen Elizabeth and immerse yourself in her evocative art deco elegance. The newest Queen exudes style and has an especially refined feel. Prepare yourself for a truly remarkable voyage.
Queen Elizabeth invites you to an uncrowded world where spacious decks set the perfect backdrop for you to savor a flawless Cunard experience. Immerse yourself in endless entertainment, luxurious accommodations, and an array of dining choices. Her Art Deco features and gleaming chandeliers mix with contemporary attractions to ensure a remarkable vacation. Enjoy croquet on her Games Deck, stunning entertainment in her Royal Court Theatre, or relax in her elegant conservatory. The choice is yours.
The inspiration of Alaska awaits you. There is no better way to experience the magnificence of Alaska than aboard Queen Elizabeth.
Choose from a selection of 2020 Alaska roundtrip voyages from Vancouver that include the Inside Passage as well as Hubbard Glacier, Glacier Bay, Tracy Arm, or College Fjord, along with unique Alaska experiences, only available on Cunard.
When you sail in Alaska aboard Queen Elizabeth not only do you get to enjoy the majestic beauty of Alaska, but you will also experience it in style—amplified by elegant surroundings and our renowned White Star Service™.
Whether you want a stateroom with a view or a sumptuous suite, Cunard has every type of accommodation to make your cruise as comfortable as possible.
Wherever you wish to explore, there is a Queens Grill, Princess Grill, Britannia Club, or Britannia suite or stateroom to suit you, which includes plenty of thoughtful details to make you feel at home.
- 24-hour room service
- Satellite TV (with multi-language channels)
- Tea and coffee making facilities
- Direct-dial telephone
- Nightly turndown service with chocolate
- Bathrobe and slippers
- Daily shipboard programme
- 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets
Grill Suite accommodations
These superbly appointed suites include a king-sized bed or two twin beds, nine-pillow concierge menu, dressing area, luxurious bathroom with bath and shower, Penhaligon's toiletries, robes and slippers. Satellite TV, a fully stocked bar, illy coffee machine, fresh fruit, books and a desk with personalized stationery await too. Relax in your lounge area, enjoy pre-dinner canapés and even order from the Queens Grill restaurant menu and dine in your suite. There’s an expansive private deck. Your butler and concierge will see to your every request, while priority embarkation, disembarkation and Grills Lounge and Grills Terrace access enhance the experience.
Club Balcony (category A) accommodations
Luxury awaits from the moment you arrive in your Club Balcony stateroom to find a chilled bottle of sparkling wine. It features all the hallmarks of Cunard style and comfort from the king-sized bed, 24-hour room service, luxurious bathroom with shower, bathrobe and slippers, nightly turndown service with chocolate, lounge area, and satellite TV. You’ll also benefit from a nine-pillow concierge menu, a private balcony, and the choice to dine when you wish in the intimate, single-seating Britannia Club restaurant.
Balcony 228-471 sq. ft. accommodations
Your stateroom is bathed in natural light and offers the benefit of ample storage. There’s a turndown service, complete with a chocolate left on your pillow, helping you get ready for a relaxing night’s sleep in your comfortable bed. Your bathroom features a shower, enhanced by Penhaligon's toiletries, along with a bathrobe and slippers. There’s a living area with a desk, satellite TV, tea and coffee-making facilities and a mini bar. Regular visits from your steward ensure everything stays pristine, and there’s also round-the- clock complimentary room service.
The staterooms are located midships on deck 2 and offer a central location close to many of the most popular public rooms on Queen Elizabeth—including the Royal Court Theatre and Queens Room. There is a choice of Ocean View and an Inside room with the Ocean View rooms offering especially large windows. All offer spacious accommodation for the single traveler and come with oversize single beds.
Standard ocean view and insides staterooms are also available.
Your table is reserved for breakfast, lunch and dinner in either the Britannia Restaurant, Queens Grill restaurant or Princess Grill restaurant, depending on your room reservation. Each is the home of deliciously imaginative menus, exceptional wines and impeccable service. One evening you may start with such delicacies as Salmon Gravlax with Poached Quail’s Egg or a Croquette of Suckling Pig. For your entrée, you might be in the mood for Dover Sole Meunière or a Chateaubriand, perhaps rounded off with a rich Bitter Chocolate Soufflé or a lighter Mango Panna Cotta. They choice is yours.
With Cunard, you can have the finest dining experience at sea with dishes inspired by the provenance of Alaska’s ingredients and produce. Each voyage will bring the chance to savor dishes inspired by the provenance of key Alaskan ingredients.
Enjoy Cunard’s signature Afternoon Tea, served daily in the Queens Room, with a special Alaskan twist. Both sweet & savory options incorporating Alaska’s best recipes and dishes will be offered; paired with Alaskan iced tea, champagne and, of course, tea.
Alternative dining at nominal additional cost
If anything sums up the freedom of your cruise, it is the array of places to eat, from healthy to hearty, from light bites to haute cuisine. It’s simply a case of deciding what you’re in the mood for. The menu at The Verandah features specialty seafood and tender cooked-to-order prime cuts. Within either King’s Court or the Lido, alternative venues include Aztec with its Mexican flavors, Asian delicacies at Bamboo, Italian-themed La Piazza and the Smokehouse, inspired by a classic American grill.
During an Alaska cruise aboard Queen Elizabeth, you will hear from award-winning writers and renowned explorers, giving their personal perspectives on Alaska. Our Cultural Heritage guides will join you throughout your journey, giving a unique perspective into the lives of the Alaskan people, their traditions and indigenous history.
Alaska on deck
With Cunard, you will spend scenic days cruising Alaska’s Inside Passage, glean insight about your route at our Naturalist Outpost and cozy up with blankets and a warm drink while taking in Alaska’s breathtaking scenery.
With Cunard, access over 140 shore excursions, explore Alaska’s wilderness, parks, wildlife and glaciers, including smaller-group luxury experiences such as Whale Watching by Yacht, Private Whale Watching and Private Hummer Tours.
Combine a Rocky Mountaineer land tour with your Cunard cruise. Rocky Mountaineer Gold-Leaf tours are offered pre- and post-voyage and includes either three, four or five nights' accommodation and two full days aboard the train. The expedition travels through a spectacular array of scenery with glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, through winding river canyons, mountain passes and remarkable tunnels. Highlights include the Continental Divide, Kicking Horse Canyon, Spiral Tunnels and the rushing waters of Hell's Gate in the Fraser Canyon.
Sports enthusiasts will feel right at hoome on our ships, whether taking part or just watching. There are many ways to keep yourself active on our ships. A few laps of the Promenade Deck and the games of shuffleboard and deck quoits have been pastimes for almost as long as we have been sailing. You’ll find pursuits like table tennis, paddle tennis, golf putting and swimming too. For armchair sports fans, Sport24 offers coverage of major events including the Premier League, Wimbledon, Formula 1, the Ryder Cup and more, shown in certain bars and lounges, and in all staterooms and suites.
Keep up with your exercise routine or try something new in fitness classes for all levels. Setting your own pace really defines the Cunard experience, and our fitness classes offer a sociable way to stay active and energetic. Work on your posture and strength with Pilates, yoga or tai chi. It’s easy to raise the pace by joining aerobics and spinning classes, boot camps or even personal training sessions.
Every evening during your cruise promises a stellar array of entertainment choices. So, whether you’re in the mood for music, dance performances or even magic shows, prepare to settle into your seat. Watch the resident Royal Court Singers & Dancers stage dazzling Broadway style productions or abridged Shakespeare performances. We’ve also hand-picked a talented line-up of vocalists and instrumentalists, aerial performers and illusionists, stand-up comedians, and variety entertainers.
Only Cunard offers the spectacular and immersive Ice White Ball in the Queens Room, specially created for Queen Elizabeth’s Alaska season.
Our ships are ideal family holiday destinations with plenty to keep our younger guests entertained.
Children of all ages are welcome on our ships, and our dedicated clubs offer activities and entertainment. These include arts and crafts, sporting activities, play areas, computer games and much more. They can make friends with other children at The Play Zone, for two- to seven-year-olds, and The Zone which is ideal for eight- to 17-year-olds. Our youth staff will supervise your children, organize events, activities and competitions, and even arrange “excursions” to the theater or cinema on board.
Select shore excursions are designed especially for families with children of all ages.
Culture Heritage Guides
Only Cunard has a Culture Heritage Guide on every voyage, letting you immerse yourself in the contemporary life of the Alaskan people, while embracing their culture, tradition and indigenous history.
Mareel Wellness and Beauty
Only on Cunard can you indulge in Mareel Wellness and Beauty, our new holistic spa concept on every voyage, offering oceanic treatments and meditation rituals inspired by the Alaskan wilderness.
Live music will be an unmistakable signature of every moment on your ship. Our accomplished resident musicians will create an enticing ambience, during relaxing moments and on grand social occasions. The string quartet provides a warm welcome on board and melodic accompaniment to Afternoon Tea. The resident pianist sets an elegant tone to evening pre-dinner drinks in the Commodore Club, and you’ll also find harpists and contemporary bands in public rooms and lounges throughout the ship.