Cunard has unveiled its January to May 2019 programme called the Oceans of Discovery which will include a voyage to Alaska.
This will be the first time that the current fleet will have travelled to Alaska, and the first time that the cruise line will have been there in over 20-years. From January to May 2019, Cunard’s flagship Queen Mary 2 and her sisters Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria will call at 49 different countries and 109 destinations. Of these, 21 are maiden calls and new destinations include Boracay (Philippines), Akita (Japan) and Goa (India).
The line has also announced it is providing more variety and options. Queen Victoria will operate the only full circumnavigation in 2019 called ‘The world voyage by Cunard’. This will leave Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth with greater flexibility to travel to a mixture of destinations and itineraries.
Key voyage highlights for 2019 include:
· The World Voyage by Cunard: Queen Victoria will operate Cunard’s only full circumnavigation in 2019 and will follow the most popular routing, the classic Western Circumnavigation via the Panama Canal. Guests can select to do parts of the route through to the full 107-night experience ending with the Indian Ocean and South Africa before returning to Southampton.
· Grand Voyages by Cunard: For those looking for classic ocean journeys that take in some of the most iconic sights and destinations in the world, whilst typically enjoying the wonders of more sea days, Cunard has 34 Grand Voyages. These highlighted journeys range from 11 to 108 nights in length
· Alaska: Queen Elizabeth will undertake her first-ever Alaskan voyage, marking the first time Cunard has crossed Alaskan waters in over 20 years. The ship will cross the North Pacific and Gulf of Alaska en route to Vancouver
· Australasia: With cruises throughout Australasia rapidly growing in popularity, Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth will operate roundtrip voyages between February and late March from Melbourne and Sydney to the popular regions of South Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand
· Japan: From mid-March to late April, Cunard’s Japanese deployment will consist of two round trip voyages of seven and nine nights, including a nine-night voyage to experience the cherry blossom season in the north of the country. On this voyage, Queen Elizabeth will make maiden calls to five Japanese ports
· Other fly cruises: Queen Mary 2’s winter deployment will see Cunard’s flagship travel a programme of exciting voyages from the UK, through the Mediterranean, Arabian Gulf, Indian Ocean to Far East and back. These voyages range in length from one to three weeks but can be combined in many ways allowing guests to create the ideal travel experience of their choice, through to the full 94 day adventutre.
Cunard will also be re-introducing a series of ten ‘old favourite’ destinations that it hasn’t travelled to in recent years, including Beijing (China), Picton (New Zealand) Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) and Chennai (India).
Alex White, VP Sales, Cunard said: “It’s an exciting time for Cunard, with a 2019 programme that offers more choice, more variety and more destinations for our guests than ever before. Whether you want to fly and cruise, or depart from the UK, we have a blend of iconic, world-class cities and delightful destinations with cruises that cover two to 111 nights. Our itineraries have been designed to offer enriching days in port as well as plenty of time on board for our guests to relax and enjoy the luxury of time, space and all that our ships have to offer.”