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Cunard: Cruising In Iconic Luxury

Every guest is made to feel special – even the 4-legged ones!

When your clients choose Cunard, they’re not just taking a cruise. They’re taking their place in the storied history of maritime travel.

There have been 248 Cunard ships over the company’s 177-year history. The 249th, yet-to-be-named Cunard ship will arrive in 2022. But the current fleet of three Queens – the Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth – are inarguably among the world’s most iconic contemporary ocean liners, led by the QM2, the flagship of the fleet.

“It’s a landmark at sea, the only ship sailing today that is truly an ocean liner designed for transatlantic passage,” says Josh Leibowitz, Senior Vice President of Cunard Line. “Sailing on Queen Mary 2 is a bucket-list experience, but one you want to do again and again.”

The QM2’s graceful lines and U-shaped, double-steel hull are made to literally plough through the often-rough seas of the Atlantic Ocean. With four stabilizers rather than the normal two, the ship can take just about anything the sea throws at it, while guests ride in comfort and luxury.

The QM2 was ‘remastered’ – ‘facelift just doesn’t cut it’ – to the tune of $132 million in 2016

The eye-pleasing design of the Queens is matched only by the amazing amount of space – on deck and indoors – that guests enjoy.

“The QM2 is about 150,000 gross tons and carries 2,700 people. Some ships of that size carry nearly twice as many,” says Leibowitz. “We offer an extraordinary space ratio, which enables us to provide unparalleled luxury. And we’ve invested over $200 million in the QM2 and Queen Victoria recently, making them absolutely gorgeous.”

Here’s a quick look at the three Queens:

The Grand Lobby on Queen Mary 2

Queen Mary 2

Launched in 2004, Cunard's flagship was ‘remastered’ – ‘facelift’ just doesn’t cut it – to the tune of $132 million in 2016. With distinctive elements including a full-scale planetarium, a Canyon Ranch Spa, the largest dance floor at sea and luxurious kennels for up to 24 pets, the QM2 is a one of a kind ship offering a singular experience.

“This ship was made for crossings. It transcends cruising, offering something that is truly unique. It’s a bucket-list experience for anyone, but many people do it again and again,” Leibowitz says.

Queen Victoria

At just 10-years-old, Queen Victoria received an approximate $40 million refit last summer. The elegant vessel is recognized around the world as one of the most classic and graceful at sea and now offers even more ways for guests to relax, explore, indulge and be inspired.

Every stateroom and suite was refreshed, and Britannia Club Balcony accommodations and dining were added. New Penthouse Suites were crafted, and Grand Suites made even grander.

Queen Elizabeth

The youngest Queen in the Cunard line, Queen Elizabeth provides a journey into the heyday of Hollywood glamour evoked by her beautiful decorative touches.

Christened in 2010 by Her Majesty, the ship presents sophistication in all her accommodations and services. Her elegance is tailored to Cunard’s tradition of luxury and reverence to the rich heritage of the first ship to bear the name.

Cunard Accommodations: Four Classy Categories

There’s no class system on Cunard’s ships – all accommodations are designed while keeping the most discerning traveler in mind, with varying shades of luxury and space.

Britannia: Inside, oceanview and balcony Britannia staterooms feature upscale amenities including soft robes and slippers, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer, satellite TV, Penhaligon’s toiletries, 24-hour room service and nightly turndown service with chocolate.

Britannia Club:

These staterooms offer all the amenities of Britannia plus private balcony, pillow concierge menu and the option of dining in the Britannia Club restaurant between 6:30 and 9:30 pm or choosing alternative restaurants.

Queen Mary 2, Queens Grill Grand Duplex

Princess Grill Suites:

Ranging up to 381 sq. ft., Princess Grill suites come with a spacious walk-in closet/wardrobe, a full bathtub with shower, concierge service and wonderful touches like personalized stationery and atlas, Bon Voyage sparkling wine and chocolates and daily fresh fruit. Additional dining options include the Princess Grill Restaurant, the private Grills Lounge for afternoon tea and an exclusive outdoor dining experience in the Grills Courtyard.

Queens Grill Suites:

These magnificent suites, up to 2,240 sq. ft., feature impeccable butler service, Bon Voyage Champagne and chocolates, a complimentary bar, daily flowers and fresh fruit and a marble bathroom with shower and whirlpool tub. In these suites, guests have the option of fine dining in the Queens Grill restaurant or in-suite butler service by the course.

Humans aren’t Cunard’s only pampered guests. Queen Mary 2 is the only pet-friendly cruise ship that welcomes four-legged friends on board. There are 24 kennels where cats and dogs enjoy personal touches of luxury during Transatlantic Crossings.

Each pet receives freshly baked biscuits at turndown, new beds, blankets and toys and stainless steel bowls complete with the Queen Mary 2 logo. There’s also a Pet Playground area and Owners’ Lounge, where pets and their people can spend time together.

“The kennels are always sold out,” says Leibowitz. “The pets travel in perfect leisure and luxury just like their owners. It’s one of the many things that makes Cunard unique.”


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