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A first for Cunard in 2019 as Queen Elizabeth goes in search of the Northern Lights

Cunard's first ever Northern Lights voyage, a 14-night transatlantic crossing calling in Iceland and Canada, and the first visit in over 20 years to Alaska highlights the line's April to December 2019 programme.

Travelling more than 167,000 nautical miles, Cunard’s three Queens will call at 78 destinations in 25 different countries, with 16 overnight stays in some of the world’s most fascinating destinations.

The majority of calls will be between the hours of 9 am to 5 pm or longer, with the average time in port being 10 and a half hours per call.

Queen Elizabeth’s search for the Northern Lights (below) will be a first for Cunard

After Alaska and the Panama Canal, Queen Elizabeth shall operate a series of northern Europe voyages in 2019. Queen Mary 2 will continue with her iconic transatlantic crossings, along with an extra autumn Canada/New England sailing, and Queen Victoria will offer a mixture of destinations and itineraries, firstly in northern Europe, then southern Europe later in the season.

2019 voyage highlights

  • Cunard’s first Northern Lights voyage: In October Queen Elizabeth will operate the current fleet’s first ever Northern Lights voyage, offering guests the opportunity to witness this spectacular phenomenon first hand, with featured extended calls to Narvik and Tromso in Norway
  • New Transatlantic Crossings: Queen Mary 2 will be sailing on 22 luxurious crossings in the summer 2019 programme, including a 14-night voyage in the peak of summer with captivating calls in Iceland and Canada
  • Alaska: Queen Elizabeth will undertake her first-ever Alaskan voyage, marking the first time Cunard has crossed Alaskan waters in more than 20 years. The ship will cross the North Pacific and Gulf of Alaska en route to Vancouver, giving guests an inspiring experience of breath-taking views
  • Panama Canal Transit: Following Alaska, Queen Elizabeth will offer a series of compelling voyages including a Panama Canal transit, along with calls in the Caribbean
  • 28 Round Trip Southampton Cruises: With a start and finish in the UK, all three Queens will be sailing from/to Southampton during summer 2019, offering 2 - 19 night cruises to the Mediterranean, Atlantic Islands, Western Europe and Northern Europe
  • Royal Rendezvous: In 2019 Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth will meet in Halifax, Canada, in July, and all three queens will be in Southampton in August.
  • Cunard will also be re-introducing a series of ten “old favourite” destinations that it hasn’t travelled to in recent years, including Leknes (Lofoten Islands, Norway), Panama City, Los Angeles and Basseterre (St Kitts).

    Alex White, vice president of sale for Cunard, said: “2019 is set to be a year filled with an incredible variety of sailings and destinations. Guests can choose to sail from the shores of the UK or opt for a fly cruise.

    “With voyages visiting places around the world, as well as a programme of enhanced cruises to Iceland and Norway, and around the British Isles, Cunard’s guests will be spoilt for choice.”

    Queen Victoria

    :: 24 voyage combinations ranging from 2 to 19 nights
    :: 58 ports in 21 countries
    :: Six maiden calls
    :: Overnight stays in Reykjavik and St Petersburg
    :: 19 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

    Queen Mary 2

    :: 86 voyage combinations ranging from 2 to 33 nights
    :: 26 ports in 15 countries
    :: One maiden call
    :: Overnight stays in Quebec and Reykjavik
    :: 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

    Queen Elizabeth

    :: 17 voyage combinations ranging from 3 to 36 nights
    :: 41 ports in 22 countries
    :: Three maiden calls
    :: Overnight stays in Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Reykjavik and St Petersburg
    :: Transits the Panama Canal
    :: 12 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

    Posted on 10th September 2017 at 03:11 pm in Cruise News | Cruise Lines | Cunard Line |

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