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20 things to do on a Cunard Transatlantic Crossing

04 Aug 2016 | by Akemi Bunce


Synonymous with Transatlantic crossings, Cunard have been cruising from Southampton to New York and back since 1847. Whichever direction you choose to travel in, you will have up to seven whole days at sea to lose yourself in the glamorous surroundings and countless charms of the flagship Queen Mary 2. Check out the ways you can spend your sea days while onboard.

Cunard Afternoon Tea

1. Experience traditional Afternoon Tea

Enjoy fresh, warm scones, posh finger sandwiches and delectable cakes in the luxuriously comfy Queens Room while being served by white-gloved waiters.

2. Relax in the Canyon Ranch SpaClub

Treat yourself to a day pass and enjoy the Aqua Therapy Centre with its thermal suite, steam room, sauna, therapy pools and hot beds. A full body treatment such as the organic seaweed wrap or the Thai massage is the perfect way to wind down.

3. Take a class

With so many classes on offer you will get in touch with your artistic side, gain new hobbies and stay fit. Try a RADA acting workshop, a watercolour class or a digital living class supported by Apple devices. For the fitness enthusiasts, rejuvenate your senses with yoga and work up a sweat with a spinning class at the Canyon Ranch SpaClub Fitness Centre.

4. Check out the pub entertainment

Enjoy a game of darts with newfound friends, watch your favourite team live on TV, test your trivia in the pub quiz or simply enjoy a range of classically British pub cuisine.

5. Enjoy the show in Illuminations

From 3D films and planetarium shows to enriching lectures from an Insights speaker, there’s always plenty going on at the Illuminations auditorium. Catch your favourite authors, film-makers, politicians, historians and even astronauts at this 473-seat theatre.

6. Relax in the Library

Get stuck into the book you’ve been meaning to read for months, discover a new favourite or an old classic from a selection of 8,000 options – whatever you choose, read in the upmost comfort and peace in the onboard Library.

7. Experience the culinary arts

Whether you’re taking a Martini Mixology Class at the Commodore Club or finding a new favourite vintage at the Britannia Restaurant, immerse yourself in the culinary arts with the help of the Chief Sommelier.

8. Get a new cut and style at the Canyon Ranch SpaClub Salon

If you’re getting ready for the evening ball or simply looking to pamper yourself, choose from a range of treatments including manicures, waxing and hair styling for a fresh new look.

9. Put on your dancing shoes

Brush up on the Quickstep or Cha-Cha in the Queens Room with lessons by onboard dance hosts before the Masquerade or evening ball. Don’t forget to also show off your skills in the G32 nightclub!

Cunard Royal Court Theatre

10. Catch a theatre performance

The perfect after-dinner treat, check out the programme of shows at the Royal Court Theatre. From comedy to musical productions, there’s a show for everyone here.

11. Admire fine art

At the onboard Clarendon Fine Art Gallery you will be able to peruse stunning pieces of work and enjoy a presentation of the life, style and influences of Jack Vettriano, all accompanied by a glass of champagne.

12. Try your luck

Put on your poker face and play some rounds of Roulette and Blackjack, or leave it to chance at the slot machines in the Empire Casino. If you’re new to the scene, don’t worry – the onboard croupier will be happy to give you a gaming lesson.

13. Stay on top of your fitness routine

Keeping fit has never been easier when at sea. Book a session with a personal trainer at the gym, swim lengths in the heated Pavilion Pool, or enjoy walks in the fresh air on the Promenade Deck.

14. Browse the shops

Indulge in retail therapy at the duty-free Mayfair Shops. From fragrances to designer brands including Radley and Hermes, you’ll find the perfect gifts for you and your loved ones.

15. Dine out

From authentic Asian cuisine at Lotus, to the true taste of Italy at La Piazza, to unique flavours of Indian fusion at Coriander, the three speciality dining options in Kings Court will truly tantalise your taste buds.

16. Join the Kids Clubs

For children aged eight to seventeen, the complimentary kids clubs offer a variety of age-appropriate activities to keep them entertained all day. With arts and crafts, sports, computer games and competitions, there’s an activity to suit all interests and all supervised by fun and friendly staff.

17. Enjoy pre-dinner entertainment

With your favourite cocktail in hand and plenty of canapés on offer, unwind to the sound of smooth live jazz in the Chart Room, with performances by musicians from New York’s renowned Juilliard School.

18. Meet the master of the ship

The Captain’s Cocktail Reception is an eagerly anticipated event to look forward to. Here you’ll get to mingle with fellow guests, meet the Captain, enjoy live music and sample exquisite canapés.

19. Make the most of room service

Whether you’d like breakfast in bed or a steak dinner delivered to your stateroom, the complimentary room service will be happy to take care of your needs and requests 24 hours a day.

20. Admire the views from the deck

With a glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne in hand, watch the Verazzano Narrows Bridge pass overhead and the skyline of Manhattan slide by. Hold your breath in awe as the Queen Mary 2 glides past the Statue of Liberty, welcoming you to New York.

Cunard Queen Mary 2 New York

As well as sailing with Cunard Queen Mary 2, there are plenty of other cruise lines’ ships making the famous voyage. Check out our other top transatlantic cruise deals and find the perfect onboard experience for you!

Not sure what to pack for your grand crossing with Cunard for each event? Check out our handy guide on what to wear on a cruise!

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