The Verandah Dining Concept

New Steakhouse Dining Concept Onboard The Three Queens

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Cunard Line has announced that the new Steakhouse dining concept in The Verandah is now available across the Cunard Fleet

VALENCIA, Calif., Jan. 9, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Luxury cruise line, Cunard, is announcing its new dining concept, ‘Steakhouse at The Verandah,’ which has become a permanent feature at the alternative dining restaurant on board the line’s three Queens—Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth.

Taking influence from both sides of the Atlantic, Cunard’s team of chefs have curated a menu showcasing prime USDA gran finished New York strip steak, Main lobster and Alaskan king crab, alongside dishes celebrating British provenance such as Scotch grass-fed, dry aged beef and Salt Marsh lamb rack. Offerings from farther afield such as renowned Waygu beef from Australia are also featured on the menu.

“After the success of the new Steakhouse menu onboard Queen Mary 2 last summer, our team has decided to take the concept across the fleet,” said Josh Leibowitz, Senior Vice President, Cunard North America. “We welcome guests to join us at the new Steakhouse at The Verandah concept for the very best steakhouse at sea.”

In addition to the new menu, a new selection of craft cocktails will be available at The Verandah bar, reflecting contemporary mixology trends from some of the world’s most dynamic cities. The wine selection has also been specifically chosen to focus on ‘steak heroes’ and features classis peppery Syrahs alongside more contemporary juicy Malbecs and rich Chardonnays.

Steakhouse at The Verandah will be open for lunch and dinner for a $25.00 USD per person cost for lunch and a $39.00 USD per person cost for dinner, with some menu offerings requiring a further supplement. Dinner reservations are pre-bookable on Cunard’s Voyage Personaliser or once on board, and lunch reservations are available once on board.

Steakhouse at The Verandah is open on sea days for lunch from 12pm until 1:30pm and for dinner from 6:30pm until 9pm.

Cunard Ships meet in New York with Royal Navy Ship

Iconic Vessels Queen Mary 2 and HMS Queen Elizabeth Meet for Royal Reception in New York Harbor

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Cunard salutes the British aircraft carrier’s first-ever U.S. visit

VALENCIA, Calif., Oct. 25, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Cunard’s flagship ocean liner Queen Mary 2 had a rare meeting in New York Harbor on October 25 and paid tribute to British Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth during the carrier’s first visit to the U.S. The rendezvous between these renowned vessels celebrates the special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom and their committed alliance.

Luxury cruise line Cunard is a company known for its rich history and significant role in both World Wars. Having deep roots in both England and the U.S., it’s an honor for the brand to welcome the Royal Navy carrier to its U.S. homeport of Brooklyn, New York.

“Cunard launched the first royal mail service route across the Atlantic in 1840, connecting people between North America and the United Kingdom,” said Josh Leibowitz, SVP Cunard North America. “We continue to sail regularly-scheduled Crossings between the two countries, which makes meeting the Royal Navy on this side of the pond a particularly significant occasion.”

After saluting the aircraft carrier, Queen Mary 2 sailed out to sea to begin a seven-night Transatlantic Crossing to England, the line’s signature voyage. HMS Queen Elizabeth spent the preceding weeks conducting its first trials with the F-35B Lightning II fighter jets onboard and when she departs New York, the 65,000-ton ship will head down the East Coast and conduct the second phase of developmental trials.

Exciting New Insights Program to Alaska with Cunard

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Cunard Announces Exciting New Insights Program with Distinct Experts Onboard for Alaska 2019. Experts and authors in Alaskan Native history; fishing and cooking; and ecosystems round out Cunard’s Insights Program when Queen Elizabeth sails to Alaska

VALENCIA, Calif., Sept. 10, 2018 /CNW/ — Luxury cruise line Cunard today announced culturally-rich onboard programming for 2019 voyages as the legendary brand returns to Alaska to offer its iconic experience in ‘The Last Frontier.’

Queen Elizabeth will sail four 10-night roundtrip Alaska voyages out of Vancouver departing May 21, 31, June 10 and 20, 2019 with port calls in Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka, Icy Strait Point and Victoria. Highlights include scenic cruising through the famous Inside Passage, Tracy Arm Fjord, and Hubbard Glacier.

“For our return to Alaska, Queen Elizabeth will bring Cunard’s iconic luxury experience to one of the most magnificent places in the world,” said Josh Leibowitz, SVP Cunard North America. “More than our signature Gala evenings and award-winning White Star Service, our team has curated some of the most interesting and engaging speakers to join our Insights program in Alaska. Our guests will have the opportunity to gain a deep understanding about Alaska and its breathtaking landscape, rich cultural heritage and local cuisine.”

Cunard’s new Alaska Insights programming will include:

~ Dr. Rachel Cartwright, an award-winning naturalist with 20 years’ experience in Alaska. Author of “Alaska Cruise Companion: A Naturalist’s Guide to the Inside Passage” and renowned expert on the behaviors of humpback whale mothers and their calves, Dr. Cartwright will offer presentations on the Alaskan ecosystem including whales, marine life and glaciers. Dr. Cartwright will also offer expert commentary live from the bridge during scenic cruising throughout the Inside Passage on all 2019 Alaska itineraries.

~ Alaska Native Voices along with members of the Huna Tinglet tribe, a group native to Glacier Bay and Icy Strait, will offer lectures and workshops about their history, culture, and storytelling while cruising the Alaskan coastline. On all 2019 Alaska voyage, guests will have more opportunity to learn about Alaska’s indigenous people at an information center hosted by cultural heritage guides onboard Queen Elizabeth.

~ LaDonna Rose Gundersen, commercial fisherwoman and cookbook author, will be sharing her experiences and expertise with guests onboard the May 20, 2019 Alaska voyage (Q915B). A fisherwoman in Alaska for more than two decades, Gundersen has made a career out of catching and cooking delicious salmon and other fish using simple ingredients while at sea. She will be joined by her husband Ole Gundersen, a fellow fisherman and accomplished photographer known for his images inspired by life in Alaska.

 

Other festivities onboard Queen Elizabeth during her time in Alaska will include:
  • Live bridge commentary to narrate scenic cruising areas
  • Dedicated Alaska in-room entertainment, including Emmy Award-winning documentary series “The Ketchikan Story”
  • Complimentary blankets and hot cocoa on deck for taking in the beauty of the Alaska coastline

Cunard will also offer Rocky Mountaineer rail tours pre- and post- voyage in Alaska, which include either three- or five- nights’ accommodation and two full days aboard the train. The expedition travels through a spectacular array of scenery including the glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, winding river canyons, mountain passes and remarkable tunnels.

 

Alaska by Cunard

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In 2019, Queen Elizabeth is set visit Alaska for the first time ever, as she sails from Tokyo to Vancouver, calling at a the incredible Alaskan ports, including Kodiak, Anchorage and the capital city, Juneau. This will be the first time that a Cunard ship has visited America’s “Last Frontier” since Cunard Dynasty travelled there in 1997.

Queen Elizabeth will operate only four Alaska voyages in May and June 2019, sailing roundtrip from Vancouver. Each voyage will have a duration of 10 nights and will feature full days in a selection of the region’s highlight ports, as well as stunning scenic cruising in the pristine waterways of the famous Inside Passage

 

Discover what sets Cunard apart from the others

♦ Exclusive and intimate excursions transport guests away from crowds to experience Alaska at its best
♦ Early arrivals or late evening departures in Juneau, Skagway and beyond ensure ample time to create richer, deeper connections
♦ Robust itineraries that include six ports plus glacial cruising experiences to view both dramatic Tracy Arm Fjord and Hubbard Glacier’s crackling blue-tinted ice
♦ Cunard has carefully scheduled their itineraries to be in port when there are few, if any, other ships calling on the same day
♦ Curated programs bring the spirit of Alaska on board, with expert speakers, themed entertainment and locally inspired cuisine
♦ Queen Elizabeth is renowned for her enviable space and low guest-to-crew ratio
♦ Spacious Balcony Staterooms and Grill Suites offer private balconies and endless views of nature’s beauty
♦ This adventure can be extended with a pre- or post-cruise vacation riding the iconic Rocky Mountaineer train through the Canadian Rockies

 

Cunard Queen Victoria Deck

Cunard voted ‘No. 1 Mega-Ship Ocean Cruise Line’ by Travel + Leisure

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Cunard Receives ‘No. 1 Mega-Ship Ocean Cruise Line’ in Travel + Leisure’s 2018 World’s Best Awards

Luxury cruise line Cunard receives the coveted award for third consecutive year

VALENCIA, Calif., July 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Luxury Cruise Company Cunard has merited ‘No.1 Mega- Ship Ocean Cruise Line’ in Travel + Leisure’s 2018 World’s Best Awards readers’ survey- the third consecutive year that Cunard has received this accolade. Since 1995, the readers of Travel + Leisure, the largest travel magazine brand in the United States, vote on their favorite destinations, hotels, spas, airlines, cruise lines and more in its World’s Best Awards survey.

For 178 years, Cunard’s three Queens – Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth – have sailed the world on epic voyages, offering effortless and unforgettable ways to experience the world, seamlessly connecting iconic destinations in the utmost style, all with impeccable attention to detail. Cunard holds a unique place in the cruise landscape, continuing a timeless legacy of great ocean liners and transatlantic travel.

“On behalf of Cunard, we are honored to receive the No.1 position by Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Award in the Mega-Ship Ocean Cruise Line Category for the third consecutive year,” said Josh Leibowitz, senior vice president, Cunard North America. “Cunard continues to innovate our award-winning guest experience including significant investments in our young fleet, enhanced White Star Service training, and extraordinarily popular event cruises that celebrate the worlds of fashion, astronomy, and genealogy. We are grateful to the readers of Travel + Leisure for recognizing Cunard with this honor.”

Since January 2018, Cunard has implemented enhancements to its legendary White Star Service which included innovative retraining for over 3,000 crew and shoreside employees. With today’s rapidly evolving society, tastes and needs in mind, Cunard has continued to commit itself to providing its guests an unprecedented level of service at sea.

Cunard Specialty Cruises

From Fashion to Big Band and more on Cunard Lines Specialty cruises

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You may choose a cruise for its itinerary as it will take you to ports you’ve never explored, or it returns to a port you loved on a previous cruise. Maybe it has a few extra days as sea to ensure you can take advantage of the cruise ships offerings. But did you know that many cruise lines offer educational or themed cruises?

Cunard Line has once again created specialty cruises that have been tailor-made to bring popular themes to life and further enhance your Cunard experience. These unique cruises can include expert speakers, insightful activities and exclusive events on board plus an array of related bespoke shore excursions in selected ports of call.

 

Here are some of the event cruises Cunard has designed for 2018 & 2019.

A PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNEY TO THE LAND OF THE MIDNIGHT SUN
Queen Elizabeth sails to the Land of the Midnight Sun for dramatic scenery unmatched. This 12-night Norway cruise highlights the natural wonders of the fjords and awe-inspiring scenery featuring late sailaways from Bodo and Narvik. These sailaways showcase the natural phenomenon when the sun typically remains visible at midnight during the local summer months. This special voyage will include a photography workshop, led by an array of photographic experts including Paul Ward, Ross Hoddinott and Lord Malcolm MacGregor.

12 night The Fjords | Voyage Q820
Roundtrip London – Queen Elizabeth – Jul 01, 2018

 

THE GREATEST GENERATIONS FOUNDATION
Cunard partners again with The Greatest Generations Foundation, paying tribute to distinguished World War II combat veterans with a unique onboard enrichment program. Get a personal glimpse into veterans’ wartime experiences as you cross the Atlantic. You will have the opportunity to attend lectures, Q&As and interact with several World War II veterans, hearing first-hand about their experiences during America’s involvement in the war.

7 night Eastbound Transatlantic Crossing | Voyage M827
New York to London – Queen Mary 2 – Jul 20, 2018 –

 

TRANSATLANTIC FASHION WEEK
Renowned for glamour, dressing up and unforgettable special occasions, Cunard is once again offering Queen Mary 2’s annual Transatlantic Fashion Week in 2018 and 2019. Experience a glamorous array of catwalk shows, fashion presentations, photography exhibitions, styling and fashion workshops, new leading retail brands and much more.

7 night Westbound Transatlantic Crossing | Voyage M833
London to New York – Queen Mary 2 – Sep 2, 2018

7 night Eastbound Transatlantic Crossing | Voyage M922
New York to London – Queen Mary 2 – Jul 28, 2019

 

BIG BAND BALL
Each of the three Queens will look forward to playing host to their own Big Band Balls for dance and music lovers around the world to enjoy. Cunard’s biggest orchestras of the year will delight guests in the magnificent Queens Room ballroom with music from Glenn Miller, Count Basie and Duke Ellington.

4 night Netherlands Escapes | Voyage Q824
Roundtrip London – Queen Elizabeth – Aug 24, 2018

4 night Amsterdam Short Break | Voyage Q927
Roundtrip London – Queen Elizabeth – Oct 4, 2019

 

A JOURNEY OF GENEALOGY IN ASSOCIATION WITH ANCESTRY
Cunard presents its first ever cruise dedicated to tracing family trees, in association with Ancestry®, the premiere family history resource that opens the door to discover, preserve and share meaningful family stories. With the Transatlantic Crossing comes a wealth of history linking to the new world and personal stories of emigration, the ideal setting for a dedicated family history cruise.

7 night Westbound Transatlantic Crossing | Voyage M842
London to New York – Queen Mary 2 – Nov 4, 2018

 

VOYAGE DU VIN
Celebrate Cunard Lines extensive list of more than 400 wines from 23 different countries around the world on a Voyage du Vin cruise. Throughout the journey, you will enjoy wine pairings, talks and dinners hosted by wine experts and producers before heading to the shores of Spain, France and Italy to visit these world-renowned wine regions.

14 night Mediterranean Highlights | Voyage V922
Roundtrip London – Queen Victoria – Sep 6, 2019

 

NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
A regular favorite, the National Symphony Orchestra joins Queen Mary 2 once again for the last night of the Cunard Proms. Anthony Inglis will return as conductor during this special Crossing. Attend an open rehearsal as the group prepares for their two main performances and join in on a Q&A session with Inglis himself. You will also have the chance to audition for the choir to perform with the NSO, under the guidance of Mr. Inglis.

7 night Eastbound Transatlantic Crossing | M929A
New York to London – Queen Mary 2 – Sep 15, 2019

 

SPACE WEEK
Cunard brings World Space Week to life with an exciting space-themed Transatlantic Crossing. Experience new space shows in Illuminations,® the only planetarium at sea, discuss space and its exploration with acclaimed experts and stargaze while you sail on the open Atlantic.

8 night Westbound Transatlantic Crossing | V930F
London to New York – Queen Mary 2 – Sep 26, 2019

 

Which special event voyage would you choose?

Cunard's "Three Queens"

Cunard’s “Three Queens” Offer Royal Wedding Celebration

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Cunard’s “Three Queens” Offer Royal Wedding Celebration in Honor of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s May 19 Wedding

VALENCIA, Calif., May 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Luxury cruise line Cunard has announced it will have exclusive celebrations on board Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth on May 19, 2018 in honor of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s nuptials. Those who are not able to cross the pond to attend the wedding festivities will be offered special viewing parties and royal celebrations around the world on Cunard’s fleet of “Three Queens.” The Royal Celebration on May 19 will include:

~ Screening of the Royal Wedding
~ Royal Wedding Afternoon Tea with specially created cakes including the Union Jack Butterfly, Chocolate Crown, Victoria Wedding Cake along with traditional finger sandwiches, scones, clotted cream and jams
~ Celebration cocktails including the Princess Bride, The King’s Steed, American Beauty, Midnight Over the Atlantic and P.S. I Love You
~ Commemorative dinner and keepsake menu in the main dining rooms on board (Queens Grill, Princess Grill, Britannia, Britannia Club, and Verandah)
~ Celebration cake, modelled after the bride and groom’s, made of lemon and elderflower to be served in each of the restaurants
~ Champagne at dinner

Passengers on all three ships will have the opportunity to toast the happy couple from all over the world. Guests on flagship ocean liner Queen Mary 2 will be sailing on one of her signature transatlantic voyages, headed towards the UK, as they celebrate the royal wedding. Those on Queen Elizabeth will be in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Queen Victoria passengers will be in Portree, Scotland.

Cunard is no stranger to the royal family, in fact Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, attended her first Cunard event in 1938 when she was only 12 years old. Since then The Queen has launched and named four Cunard ships. Her Majesty is the only person who has been present at the launch of all three ships named Queen Elizabeth – the first in 1938, QE2 in 1967 and Queen Elizabeth in 2010.

“We are excited to celebrate the royal wedding with our guests on board all three Cunard ships,” said Josh Leibowitz, senior vice president, Cunard North America. “We are thrilled to honor this special moment in time, and to commemorate Cunard’s longstanding special relationship with the Royal Family,” he added.

On Cunard’s iconic Queen Mary 2, which offers regularly-scheduled Transatlantic Crossings from New York to Southampton, England from May through December, pre- and post-voyage tours visit London with stops at Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey, among other regal venues.

 

Queen Elizabeth

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Queen Elizabeth is our newest luxury liner, named in 2010 by Her Majesty the Queen. Recalling the rich heritage of the first Cunarder to bear the name, her elegance and modern features have won her many accolades and made her a firm favourite with her passengers.

The harmony of classic and contemporary strikes an elegant chord throughout the magnificent Queen Elizabeth. Images and features from her predecessors, Queen Elizabeth and QE2, sit comfortably alongside her modern charms. Entertainment ranges from lavish high-tech musical productions to the timeless refinement of garden parties and grand balls. Opportunities for relaxation stretch from the simple pleasures of a 6,000-book library to indulgent spa treatments.

Cunard Prepares to Set Sail for QE2 50th Anniversary Celebrations

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Luxury cruise liner Queen Elizabeth will play host to QE2 event voyage

VALENCIA, Calif., August 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Luxury cruise brand Cunard, is honoring the 50th anniversary of its longest serving ocean liner, Queen Elizabeth 2, with a special voyage onboard the luxury cruise liner Queen Elizabeth (Q729) .

The 50th anniversary of this much-loved ship will be remembered as Queen Elizabeth sets sail from Southampton on Friday, September 8 for a 17-night voyage. Departing guests will enjoy Venice’s iconic canals, mythical Mount Etna in Sicily and Corfu’s leafy beauty.

Angus Struthers, Vice President, Cunard said: “This mediterranean cruise is perfectly timed to pay tribute to QE2’s launch and naming by HRH Queen Elizabeth II 50 years ago. When QE2 came into service in the 1960s, many critics said she wouldn’t last a decade in the age of the jet but her unique design as a dual-purpose ship meant that she was versatile enough to operate both as a transatlantic liner and a cruise ship.”

He added: “Given how famous and loved she was, we felt this was a great opportunity to pay tribute to this Cunarder’s remarkable life onboard our newest ship, Queen Elizabeth; herself designed to offer a perfect luxury cruise holiday.”

Celebrations focus on five special theme days, each of which will be accompanied by QE2 inspired menus, talks from special guests, historical snippets in the daily programme, past-passenger gatherings and QE2 quizzes.

Themes include Moving in Royal Circles which looks back at the unique and special bond between QE2 and the Royal Family; The Falklands which acknowledges the ship’s service as a troop ship in the 1982 conflict; Triumph of a Great Tradition examining the QE2’s remarkable career achievements and the long history of Cunard ‘firsts’, and World Flagship in tribute to QE2’s 26 world cruises that made her an icon in cities across the globe.

Celebrations culminate on QE2 Day – September 20, 2017 – exactly 50 years since the ship was launched by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Events will include a QE2 ball, and a historical retrospective of the ship’s service life to be hosted in Queen Elizabeth’s 850 seat Royal Court Theatre.

As part of Cunard’s renowned and award winning Insights Speaker programme, a number of special guests connected to QE2 will be sailing onboard. One such guest is Captain Ian McNaught, QE2’s last Master, who said: “This voyage is a significant and timely tribute to the world’s best loved ship. QE2 remains the longest serving express liner in history. She carried 2.5 million passengers over 5.6 million miles; that’s further than any passenger ship – ever! This remarkable ship sailed alone on the North Atlantic for most of her career. She carried the Cunard tradition from the bygone era of the ocean liner and sustained it into the 21st century. The QE2 carried Royalty, celebrities and served in the Falklands War.”

He added: “What I remember most as her Master, were the passengers. Everyday people who saved up to experience life onboard the world’s best loved ship. Many came back time and time again. That is a tribute to the countless people who served as QE2’s crew, each one making the experience special and memorable. QE2 has been gone for nearly a decade now, however on her 50th anniversary the memory of her is strong. It is very fitting to be acknowledging the QE2’s remarkable career here onboard Queen Elizabeth.”

Other guests include Commodore R. W. Warwick who served as QE2’s Captain for 13 years; QE2 social hostess Maureen Ryan who served onboard the original Cunard Queens as well as Queen Mary 2; and maritime historian Chris Frame, author of a series of books about QE2 and Cunard.

The voyage departs Southampton on September 8 and returns September 25.