Whether looking to experience the mystique of Europe, explore the awe-inspiring marvels of the Mediterranean, or savour the majestic scenery and fascinating heritage of Northern Europe through the Norwegian Fjords, guests sailing Cunard Line will enjoy a glamourous European adventure on 2012 voyages aboard flagship Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth. They will feel famous dressing up and dancing to a live orchestra during Royal Nights themed balls, being pampered by Cunard’s renowned White Star Service, and enjoying classic and contemporary cocktails in elegant lounges such as the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar and the Commodore Club.
In addition, guests who wish to join Great Britain’s celebrations of Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on 5 June 2012 – the occasion marking the 60th anniversary of her coronation – may continue the celebration in regal style aboard Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria or Queen Elizabeth as the ships simultaneously depart for Europe later that day.
Queen Elizabeth Mediterranean Voyages
This season, Cunard’s newest ship, Queen Elizabeth, offers 12-day luxury cruise vacations to enchanting destinations throughout the Mediterranean, including overnight stays on select itineraries. Voyages include:
Holy Land Explorer departs on 6 September and 17 November between Rome and Athens, calling on legendary cities including Jerusalem and Alexandria (Egypt), as well as the spectacular ports of Mykonos and Santorini in Greece.
Greek Isles & Aegean Treasures departs on 18 September and 12 October from Athens to Venice, with stops in the most sought-after locales throughout the Greek Isles and Istanbul before an overnight call in Venice.
Pearls of the Black Sea departs on 30 September from Venice to Athens, sailing through the Greek Isles before an overnight stay in Istanbul followed by a tour of the Black Sea ports.
Greek Isles & Ancient Wonders voyage begins on 24 October with an overnight stay in Venice, and calls on such remarkable destinations as Dubrovnik (Croatia), Alexandria and Istanbul before concluding in Athens.
Greek Isles & Turkish Splendours departs on 5 November roundtrip from Athens and includes an overnight stay in Istanbul, plus rare visits to Lesbos and Corfu in Greece.
Northern Europe and Baltic Voyages
In 2012, guests can choose from a variety of roundtrip voyages from Southampton to Northern Europe and the Baltics. Flagship Queen Mary 2 sails to the beautiful rugged coastline of Norway and other striking ports, while Queen Victoria explores the jaw-dropping North Cape, and Queen Elizabeth circumnavigates the British Isles to the legendary Norwegian fjords. Voyages include:
14-day St. Petersburg & Baltic Explorer I departs on 8 May and 29 June on Queen Victoria and on 5 June and 13 July on Queen Elizabeth, and includes visits to Copenhagen, Stockholm and Tallinn (Estonia), with some voyages staying overnight in St. Petersburg.
11-day Northern Adventure on Queen Mary 2 departs on 11 May to Hamburg and Oslo before sailing to Norway and the stunning fjords.
7-day Fjords & Waterfalls departs on 22 June and 17 August on Queen Victoria and on 6 July and 7 August on Queen Elizabeth, plus an 8-day voyage aboard Queen Victoria on 13 July, sailing through Norway’s countless fjords as well as visiting Stavanger and Bergen, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
14-day Norwegian Fjords & North Cape Discovery departs on 13 July on Queen Mary 2 and 22 May and 3 August on Queen Victoria, visiting Norway’s most exceptional destinations, including the dazzling town of Ålesund with its Art Nouveau architecture, the Fjords and North Cape.
11-day Around the British Isles departs on 27 July on Queen Elizabeth with visits to Scotland’s shores, the Irish cities of Dublin and Cork, the beautiful Channel Island of Guernsey and the less-frequented Orkney Islands.
11-day Scandinavian Explorer departs on 10 August on Queen Mary 2, with highlights including Elsinore (Denmark) – home to Kronborg Castle of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” – and exciting Hamburg.
A Regal Cunard Royal Rendezvous
Additionally, guests are invited to join Cunard in celebrating the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen’s coronation in the U.K. with a Cunard Royal Rendezvous on 5 June 2012. Cunard’s fleet of Queens meet in their homeport of Southampton, England, to commemorate the monarch’s Diamond Jubilee, and then depart on the following voyages where the celebrations will continue on board:
17-day Adriatic Explorer (Queen Victoria) sails roundtrip through the Mediterranean and visits Dubrovnik (Croatia) before an overnight stay in romantic Venice.
14-day St. Petersburg and Baltic Explorer I (Queen Elizabeth) sails roundtrip to explore the cities of Tallinn (Estonia), Copenhagen and Hamburg before overnighting in St. Petersburg.
5-day Summer Getaway (Queen Mary 2) sails roundtrip to Rotterdam and Brussels before stopping in the port of Le Havre (for Paris) and returning to Southampton.
All fares quoted apply to minimum lead-in categories on a space-available basis at time of reservation; are per person, based on double-occupancy; are voyage only; and do not include government fees & taxes or fuel supplement (if applicable).
The legacy of Cunard’s ocean liners lives on through the youngest fleet at sea, combining the brand’s legendary hallmarks with contemporary sophistication of the modern age to create a unique memorable voyage for each guest. On board a Cunard liner, guests can customise their itineraries according to their interests, with such activities as enjoying traditional British afternoon tea served by white-gloved waiters, attending a stimulating Cunard Insights lecture, rejuvenating body and mind at the spa, dressing up for glamourous evenings and dancing nightly to a live orchestra, sipping cocktails in one of the ship’s sophisticated bars and lounges, or simply relaxing poolside with a good book.