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Cunard Launches its First-Ever Weddings at Sea Program

February 22, 2012

Beginning in April 2012, guests will be able to celebrate an unforgettable wedding day at sea, conducted by the Captain, aboard Cunard's Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth, and Queen Victoria luxury cruiseships.

For the first time in Cunard’s illustrious history as a cruiseline, it will be possible to marry on board, and demand is already high.

While Cunard ships have long served as a romantic backdrop to love stories across the globe, couples will soon be able to say “I do” during a luxury cruise aboard the most famous ocean liners in the world, for the first time in the Line’s 172-year history. Beginning in April 2012, guests will be able to celebrate an unforgettable wedding day at sea, conducted by the Captain, aboard Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria.
Cunard offers the truly unique option of saying “I do” mid-Atlantic on a classic trans-Atlantic Crossing aboard one of the grandest ocean liners in the world, Queen Mary 2.

Couples wishing to wed at sea can choose from the full spectrum of Cunard’s worldwide voyages lasting seven nights or more and departing after April 2012. In addition to Crossings, destinations include the Mediterranean and Scandinavia, Canada and New England, the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, Hawaii, the Far East and Australia.

To maintain exclusivity, only one wedding will be arranged per day, at either 11:00 a.m. or 3:30 p.m., and the ceremonies will take place on days at sea. With a dedicated on board wedding coordinator, the bride and groom will find that all of their wedding needs can be met, from hairdressing, make-up and manicures in the spa, to the wedding ceremony itself, as well as photography and video, and the reception afterwards.

In addition, weddings can be tailored with Cunard’s “Finishing Touches” to reflect individual requests and preferences, from an accompaniment by the ship’s own harpist, to a beautiful ice sculpture.

“There is nothing quite as special as the setting of a Cunard ship,” said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line. “Saying ‘I do’ at sea aboard Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth or Queen Victoria promises so much more than a land-based venue. With a backdrop of the world’s most exotic coastlines in the Mediterranean and across the world, or the extraordinary sense of timelessness that you only experience mid-Atlantic, a Cunard wedding promises the happy couple a ceremony of classic style and sumptuous luxury.

“And the ships are so much more than simply a setting for the ceremony itself – they are also honeymoon destinations, offering newlyweds a fresh view to wake up to each morning and a trousseau of unforgettable destinations to discover together ashore,” Shanks added

Choosing to marry on one of the three largest Cunard ships creates an exceptional setting for any style of celebration. Various venues are available aboard each ship depending on the size of the wedding party, from elegant lounges to award-winning restaurants, including The Verandah on Queen Elizabeth and Todd English on Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria. Under the guidance of Cunard’s global culinary ambassador, Chef Patron Jean-Marie Zimmermann, the ships’ world-class culinary teams will prepare wedding canapés, a delicious wedding lunch or an exquisite wedding dinner.

Cunard has created a Wedding Package – with a tempting array of optional extras – to meet all requirements. The main package includes the ceremony conducted by the Captain, traditional wedding music, a White Star Bellman escorting the bride, floral arrangements, Veuve Clicquot Champagne and, of course, the wedding cake as well as priority check-in and luggage delivery.

A never-to-be-forgotten day is available for $2,500 plus a marriage license fee of $575. An array of Cunard’s “Finishing Touches” are also available for purchase and include items such as a Bride and Groom’s Champagne and Caviar Breakfast in Bed, or a three-tiered fruit cake. In addition, wedding gifts of fine wines, champagne and spa treatments can be purchased in advance and arranged for on board.

What’s included in the Wedding Package:

  • Priority luggage delivery
  • Press service for bridal outfits
  • Priority embarkation (and disembarkation) for the bridal couple
  • Services of a wedding coordinator on board
  • Two fresh floral arrangements for the ceremonial room
  • Bridal bouquet and bridegroom’s boutonniere, with a choice of roses, lilies or exotic flowers
  • One-tier wedding cake
  • Traditional wedding music
  • Elegant wedding ceremony venue
  • White Star Bellman to escort the bride to the ceremonial room
  • Ceremony at sea conducted by the Captain
  • Commemorative wedding certificate
  • Commemorative printed wedding menu
  • Bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne
  • Bride & Groom Breakfast in Bed
  • Wedding invitations and Thank You cards for voyage guests

For more information about Cunard’s new Weddings Programme or to book a voyage, consult your Travel Agent, call toll-free 1-800-728-6273 or go to www.cunard.com.

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Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 Named “Best Luxury Cruise Ship” for Eighth Straight Year by Travel Weekly Readers

December 23, 2011

The elegantly-appointed Britannia Restaurant aboard Queen Mary 2.

Cunard Line’s flagship Queen Mary 2, renowned for her signature trans-Atlantic Cruise, has been named “Best Luxury Cruise Ship” for the eighth consecutive year by the readers of Travel Weekly, the national publication of the travel industry. The award signifies the ocean liner’s dominance in providing the ultimate luxury cruise for which Cunard is known. Bestowed at the magazine’s ninth annual Readers Choice Awards gala event, held on 15 December 2011 at The Plaza Hotel in New York City, the awards are presented annually to industry suppliers who set the highest standard for product and service during the past year.

Recently, Queen Mary 2 completed a significant 14-day refurbishment of all 1,310 staterooms, the Canyon Ranch SpaClub, the Queens Grill and Princess Grill Suites and Restaurants, the Commodore Club, the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar, Sir Samuel’s Bar and Lounge, and the children’s Play Zone. The Golden Lion Pub also received a complete redesign, including upgraded flat screen televisions.

“It is most rewarding to see Queen Mary 2 named ‘Best Luxury Cruise Ship’ year after year by Travel Weekly’s distinguished readers since she was appointed flagship of Cunard in 2004,” said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line. “The accolade is a testament to our ongoing commitment to provide unforgettable experiences, and the ship’s recent enhancements will ensure that guests continue to enjoy the grandest ocean voyages aboard our flagship liner.”

In 2012, Queen Mary 2 will depart on her fifth World Voyage, continuing the Line’s rich tradition of offering legendary and exotic itineraries. Queen Mary 2 will sail roundtrip from Southampton on a unique 108-day cruise which will include a maiden call to the spectacular sand dunes in Namibia’s Swakopmund before a two-night stay in Cape Town. She will then resume her iconic trans-Atlantic Crossings, sailing 20 of these legendary voyages in 2012, including six nine-day extended trans-Atlantic cruises between New York and Hamburg.

Queen Mary 2 is one of the grandest ocean liners ever built and offers many distinctive features which is why she has deserved to be called the “Best Luxury Cruise Ship.” Along with Cunard’s impeccable White Star Service, guests revel in the luxury of time as they enjoy myriad amenities on board – including the largest library at sea, the only planetarium at sea, the first Todd English Restaurant at sea, and the first Canyon Ranch SpaClub aboard a ship, as well as the largest ballroom at sea where guests get decked out for glamorous evenings at Royal Nights Themed Balls. In addition, renowned guests and speakers present intellectually rewarding lectures as part of the award-winning Cunard Insights enrichment program, from NASA astronaut Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman to former CNN correspondent and novelist Kitty Pilgrim.

Intimate luxury on a grand scale is the experience that awaits in the famed Queens Grill and Princess Grill Suites, where guests are pampered with the finest service and amenities, priority embarkation, a dedicated concierge, and exquisite cuisine in exclusive and elegantly appointed single-seating dining rooms.

For more information about Queen Mary 2 and to book a voyage, consult your travel professional, call toll-free 1-800-728-6273 or go to www.cunard.com.

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Cunard’s Queen Victoria Reprises Popular Americas Voyages

July 22, 2011

Cunard’s Queen Victoria transits the Panama Canal (photo courtesy of Cunard)

Whether guests are celebrating a special occasion or searching for a relaxing adventure closer to home, Cunard Line’s Queen Victoria offers both as the ship reprises her Americas Season in late 2011 and early 2012, which includes updated itineraries through the Panama Canal and voyages to the tropical Hawaiian Islands. Fares start from $1,295 per person, based on double occupancy.

Queen Victoria offers a luxurious style of travel and port visits that highlight the natural beauty and tranquility of the Panama Canal, Hawaii, the Caribbean and Mexico. Depending on the voyage itinerary, guests will stop at exotic locales including Costa Rica, St. Thomas and Honolulu:

  • 15-day Panama Canal Explorer (new) departs on 6 December 2011 and 30 January 2012 from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles, and sails from Los Angeles to Ft. Lauderdale on 4 January, with stops in Oranjestad (Aruba), Panama Canal transit, Puntarenas (Costa Rica), Puerto Quetzal (Guatemala), Huatulco (Mexico), Acapulco (Mexico) and Manzanillo (Mexico). Fares from $1,295 per person.
  • 11-day Roundtrip Panama Canal departs from Fort Lauderdale on 19 January 2012, calling on Charlotte Amalie (St. Thomas), St. John’s (Antigua), St. George’s (Grenada), Bonaire (Netherlands Antilles) and a partial transit of the Panama Canal. Fares from $1,295 per person.
  • 17-day Panama Canal Treasures departs 28 February 2012 from Los Angeles, calling on Manzanillo (Mexico), Acapulco (Mexico), Huatulco (Mexico), Puntarenas (Costa Rica), Panama Canal transit, Oranjestad (Aruba), Charlotte Amalie (St. Thomas) and New York. Fares from $2,095 per person.
  • 14-day Hawaiian Adventure departs roundtrip from Los Angeles on 21 December 2011 and 14 February 2012, calling on Hilo (Hawaii), Honolulu (Oahu), Nawiliwili (Kauai) and Lahaina (Maui), as well as a quick visit to Ensenada (Mexico). Fares from $1,695 per person.

All fares are based on double occupancy.

“We are pleased that Queen Victoria will winter in the Americas again, pairing the ship’s unique intimate elegance with some of the most awe-inspiring destinations in the world,” said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line. “From the Panama Canal, one of the world’s greatest engineering feats, to some of the most legendary islands, Queen Victroria’s Americas voyages are quickly becoming a new Cunard classic.”

The legacy of Cunard’s ocean liners lives on through Queen Victoria’s Americas Season, combining the brand’s legendary hallmarks with contemporary sophistication of the modern age to create a unique memorable voyage for each guest. Aboard Queen Victoria, guests can customize their itineraries according to their interests, with such activities as enjoying traditional afternoon tea served by white-gloved waiters, attending a stimulating Cunard Insights lecture, rejuvenating body and mind at the spa, dressing up for Royal Nights themed balls, sipping cocktails in one of the ship’s sophisticated bars and lounges, or simply relaxing poolside with a good book.

For more information about Queen Victoria or to book a voyage, consult your Travel Agent, call toll-free 1-800-7-CUNARD or go to www.cunard.com.

About Cunard Line
Cunard Line, operator of the luxury ocean liners Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth, has long been synonymous with the quest for new discoveries and the epitome of British refinement since the company’s first paddle-wheeled steamer, Britannia, crossed the Atlantic in 1840. “Cunard voyages bring together like-minded travellers who seek a civilised adventure and relish the Cunard hallmarks of impeccable White Star Service, gourmet dining and world-class entertainment.” Today, Cunard offers the only regularly scheduled Transatlantic liner service and continues the legacy of world cruising which it began in 1922.

Cunard is a member of World’s Leading Cruise Lines, an alliance which also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises and Seabourn. Visit  www.worldsleadingcruiselines.com.

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