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Cruises with Cunard

Famed for their traditional style of cruising, luxurious amenities and impeccable White Star Service, Cunard are a classic cruise line that takes guests back to the golden era of ocean voyaging. If you enjoy traditional cruising and a touch of class with like-minded people, Cunard Cruises are perfectly suited to you.

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Cunard: Life on-board

  • Total cruises 321
  • Fleet: 3 Ships
  • Destinations: 28

Whether you're dining in sophisticated restaurants, winding down in the bar or heading to bed in the comfortable cabins, each and every moment during your Cunard Cruise will leave you with memories of ocean voyaging to last a lifetime.


While Cunard Cruises may offer a more traditional cruise experience, this doesn't mean that kids won't enjoy it to, and with dedicated clubs for those between 2-17 years, a cruise can be a memorable experience for guests of all ages. What's more, the free of charge Night Nursery is on hand between 6-11pm for those aged 6-23 months, meaning that you can enjoy a special evening without worrying about your little ones.

Club Age More Info
The Play Zone2-7 yearsIndoor and outdoor play equipment, themed days and structured activities
The Kids' Zone8-12 yearsGames consoles, sports, arts and crafts and competitions
Teen Zone13-17 yearsDeck sports, discos, tournaments and games consoles


Dining with Cunard is an experience in itself that takes you on a culinary journey which is almost as exciting as the cruise. Once onboard you can expect opulent dining rooms, sophisticated menus and exceptional service to the tune of world-class live music. With a huge variety of restaurants and eateries for a number of occasions, Cunard caters for all tastes.

Restaurant More Info Ships
Queens Grill RestaurantA la carte menus and ocean viewsQueen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2 & Queen Victoria
Princess Grill RestaurantAn intimate, single-seating venue with complimentary wineQueen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2 & Queen Victoria
Britannia RestaurantTwo-tiered main dining roomQueen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2 & Queen Victoria
Verandah RestaurantFine French cuisineQueen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria & Queen Mary 2
Lido RestaurantA more casual restaurantQueen Elizabeth & Queen Victoria
Golden Lion PubBritish-style pub grubQueen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2 & Queen Victoria
King's CourtOpen from morning until late nightQueen Mary 2


Once it reaches 6pm, Cunard's ships come to life with live performances. From cabaret and dance productions to theatre shows and comedy acts, you’ll never be disappointed by what’s on offer every evening of your cruise. Meanwhile, if your idea of fun is getting your dancing shoes on, there's plenty of opportunity to do just this. Featuring ballroom dancing, gala balls and nightclubs, there's a venue for everyone onboard.

On the other hand, if you're looking for a more relaxed evening of unwinding, there are various bars and lounges which you can check out. Here are some highlights:

  • Commodore Club- head here for cocktails and live piano music
  • Golden Lion Pub- featuring fantastic beers and live sports screenings, this traditional pub-style venue is a guest favourite
  • Champagne Lounge- enjoy an evening of class at this elegant bar
  • Casino- try your hand at the games tables and slot machines at the onboard casino


From staying active to learning new skills or enjoying some time to yourself, daytimes onboard your Cunard cruise can be exactly what you want them to be:

  • Active- dance and fencing classes, deck games, sports, fitness classes, gym
  • Culture- guest lectures, arts and crafts, classical concerts, Planetarium
  • Social- card and board games, solo traveller meet ups, pools

If you really want to make the most of your holiday, you could even treat yourself to a trip to the spa. Once here, all you have to do is sit back and let the professionals pamper you with an extensive range of treatments including massages and facials. There's even a hair and beauty salon and a barbers if you want to spruce yourself up for that night’s big soiree.

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Cunard Ships

No matter which ship you choose for your Cunard cruise, you'll be met with the high-quality service, elegant décor and sophisticated onboard experience for which the line is so well loved.

Cunard ship classes explained

Cunard Highlights

Cunard Destinations

Exploring new places is always a pleasure, and with itineraries that take you everywhere from the Mediterranean to Alaska, New York or the Indian Ocean, there's truly no better way to see the world than on a Cunard cruise.

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Top FAQs

  • The entire Cunard fleet is accessible for cruisers with disabilities. Each ship provides a number of special-access cabins with enlarged doorways, roll-in showers, grab handles and a ramp to your balcony.

  • Unless clearly stated otherwise as part of your specific package, excursions are not complimentary with Cunard. Costs vary and you can purchase them within 12 weeks prior to your cruise until three days before. After this, there is a waiting list or the option to book available spots once aboard.

  • Once you have been on your very first Cunard cruise, you will automatically join the Cunard World Club, offering four tiers of benefits depending on how many nights you have cruised in total. For more information, visit the Cunard World Club page.

  • During the day Cunard passengers are welcome to dress informally and relax throughout the ship. In the evening a more formal dress code is observed with either the much-anticipated Gala Nights held two or three times a week, or the more relaxed Smart Attire. However, if you don’t wish to glam up for Gala Evenings, there are areas of the ship in which relaxed clothing is permitted.

  • It is possible to amend the amount of gratuities you pay at reception once you are onboard. As standard, guests staying in Britannia cabins will automatically be charged $11.50pp a day of gratuities, while Grill suite guests will be charged $13.50pp.

Life Onboard

  • Guests will experience a wide range of dining options throughout their cruise. For breakfast, lunch and dinner, seated table service can be enjoyed in the Britannia restaurant, while a breakfast and lunch buffet is provided in Lido or Kings Court. On formal Gala Nights, dinner becomes a multi-course banquet followed by a ball. For special occasions, guests can reserve a table at a speciality restaurant, or enjoy luxurious room service.

  • Yes, 24-hour room service is complimentary.

  • Cunard are able to cater for the following special dietary needs, simply mention your requirements at the time of booking, and then again to the restaurant manager when onboard.

    • Vegetarians, pescatarian and vegans
    • Kosher and halal
    • Diabetics
    • Fat-free
    • Salt-free
    • Dairy-free
    • Gluten and wheat-free
    • Low cholesterol

  • You can rent formal attire once onboard if needed, as well as take advantage of the laundry press or tailor service should you have any wardrobe malfunctions. This is also great if you are on a particularly long voyage with multiple formal nights. If you are not wearing the correct clothing on formal nights, you may not be permitted in certain areas of the ship, such as the main dining room or theatre.

  • No, Cunard ships have both three-pin British plug sockets and two-pin US and Continental plug sockets.


  • Under 18s are allowed to cruise with Cunard but they must be accompanied by a parent/guardian who is at least 21 years of age staying in the same cabin as, or exactly next to/across from, the child. Only children over six months old are able to cruise with Cunard, this is increased to 12 months for infants on World, Exotic or Transatlantic cruises- i.e. cruises with more than three consecutive sea days.

  • A children’s menu and baby food are available. Breastfeeding is also permitted throughout the ship.

  • Cunard provide kids complimentary entertainment for children aged between 2 and 17.

    • The Playzone- 6-months to 7 years, open 9am-11pm
    • The Kids Zone- 8 to 12, open 9am-11pm
    • The Teen Zone- 13 to 17, open 9am-11pm
    • The Night Nursery- 6 to 23months, 6-11pm
    These kid's clubs and babysitting services are ran by the specially trained Youth Staff on a first-come-first served basis, and children must stick to their own designated age group. In addition, 2-12 year olds must be signed in and out by a parent or guardian

  • Yes, each Cunard ship has a designated children’s swimming pool. The other pools are a mix of family-friendly and adult-only. Children must be toilet trained to use the pools.

Cunard Covid-19 safety measures

Vaccination and Testing Requirements

Vaccination Policy

Guests wanting to sail onboard a UK cruise with Cunard must be able to provide proof (including the dates when they were administered) that they have been fully-vaccinated at least 7 days prior to sailing, or 14 days before for the recently approved single-dose vaccine. For voyages up to and including 1st October 2021, fully-vaccinated is defined as 14 days after your second dose or 14 days after the single-dose vaccine. This also applies for under 18s.

For guests sailing from 13th October 2021 - 31st December 2021; All guests aged 18 and over must be fully-vaccinated 14+ days before travel. All guests aged 5 - 17 and under without proof of vaccination will a require a negative PCR test 120 hours before travel. This pre-cruise PCR test will be provided by Cunard through their PCR test service provider Prenetics (registration required). Guests four years old and younger will be allowed to travel providing their travelling parents/guardians meet the above requirements.

Covid-19 Testing

Before boarding, all guests must have a lateral flow coronavirus test at the cruise terminal, paid for by the cruise line. They must also fill out a Health Declaration Form which will be available 3 days before departure.

Further detail around requirements specific to your cruise will be provided to you prior to departure and can be checked on the cruise line pages here.

Please see the itinerary page for exact details that apply to your sailing.

Health and Safety Procedures


Before boarding, crew must go through initial testing and quarantine procedures. Once onboard, they will be regularly tested for coronavirus.


Guests must follow stringent health and safety protocols during their Cunard cruise, which will include following social distancing measures. There will also be strict sanitation measures onboard, including more frequent cleaning throughout the ships.

Face Masks

Face masks will be mandatory with no exceptions during a Cunard cruise. They must be worn at the terminal, during shore experiences and at all times when indoors on board, including when social distancing cannot be maintained outside. They can be removed when eating and drinking, during identity checks, inside a guest's cabin, in the gym, during certain spa treatments and when using the pool or hot tubs.

Test and Trace

Cunard will use OceanOrbit technology to enable an easy test and trace solution during their cruises. Guests will be given a device at the cruise terminal before boarding which they should keep on them throughout their time on the ship.

Excursions and Going Ashore

On sailings departing on or before 12th October 2021, guests will only be able to go ashore on shore excursions that have been organised and approved by the cruise line in line with government guidance. Guests will not be able to go ashore independently at this stage but a wider variety of excursions will be on offer instead.

On sailings from 13th October 2021, guests will be able to go ashore independently but must adhere to the specific COVID-19 protocols in each destination. However, as restrictions in each destination are changeable, and some destinations may only allow cruise line organised experiences ashore, Cunard highly recommend you purchase Cunard shore experiences prior to travel to ensure you always have the option to explore each destination.

For your peace of mind, Cunard will not visit a country on the UK government's red list at the point of travel and itineraries will be amended if required.

Please see the itinerary page for exact details that apply to your sailing.

Passport and Insurance Requirements


Guests must have travel insurance which covers the following:

  • combined medical and repatriation cover of £2 million minimum, including emergency evacuations and medical expenses related to Covid-19
  • travel, cancellation and curtailment
  • any pre-existing medical conditions

These documents must cover the duration of your cruises and are to be shown prior to boarding at the port.


Even for sailings which do not leave British waters, all guests must have a valid passport with minimum 6 months validity to travel.

Please see the itinerary page for exact details that apply to your sailing.

Cancellations and FCC Vouchers

Cancelled Cruises

Cunard cruises are cancelled as follows:

  • Queen Elizabeth- up to and including 11th October 2021 as this ship has been redeployed and will sail UK coastal cruises in summer 2021. UK cruises from 19th July through 6th August 2021 are cancelled. Queen Elizabeth will now return to service on 13th August 2021.
  • Queen Mary 2- up to and including 10th December 2021
  • Queen Victoria- up to and including 27th August 2021

The following cancellations are also in place:

  • Queen Elizabeth's Australian season from 18th October 2021 up to and including 9th March 2022
  • Queen Victoria's 2022 World Voyage and preceding sailings from 10th September 2021 up to and including 29th April 2022
  • Queen Mary 2's 2022 World Voyage from 3rd January 2022 up to and including 4th April 2022

If affected, we will be in touch soon with details on your options.

Future Cruise Credit

If affected, all guests booked on a retail fare will receive a 125% Future Cruise Credit. These FCCs can be redeemed against any new booking made by the end of December 2021 on any voyage that’s on sale at the time of booking. If you have more than one booking cancelled, you can combine these FCCs to upgrade an existing booking.

These offers apply only to the cruise element of bookings where are the tour operator of the holiday.

Flexible Booking Terms

Financially Protected- thanks to ABTA and ATOL, your package is protected

Flexible Terms- if you have a Cunard sailing booked, you can change it to any cruise on sale as many times as you like at no charge, no matter whether the value is higher or lower.

T&Cs apply - please see itinerary page for details

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