The final touches are being made to Cunard ship Queen Elizabeth as the cruise line prepares to return to sailing. The UK-based line has been out of the water for 17-months.
The Overseas Escapes will range from two to 40-night sailings, visiting more than 49 destinations on board Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth.
Cunard will resume operations from July 19th as Queen Elizabeth welcomes guests on board for a series of UK voyages from Southampton.
Cunard is launching its biggest ever agent incentive to celebrate its return to the sea this summer with a series of Summer at Sea luxury UK voyages.
Christopher Wells is retiring after a stellar 20-year career with the line. His two decades with the British line were part of 30 years spent working across Carnival Corporation cruise lines.
Voyages will be round-trip from Southampton, between July and October, and comprise of British Isles scenic cruising and special Sun Voyages, sailing to wherever the sun shines brightest.
Cunard has confirmed it will offer a series of UK voyages on Queen Elizabeth this year, providing a unique staycation opportunity for British guests. More details will be revealed later this month.
The move means Cunard will have been out of the water for well over a year by the time its ships return to operation, following the suspension of sailings in March.
More than 35 countries feature in the 162 newly launched itineraries, covering north of the Arctic Circle to the Mediterranean and from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean, via the Panama Canal.
During the trip, the iconic ocean liner will make calls to Greece, Dubai, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Australia and Bali, Abu Dhabi, Oman, Italy and Portugal.
Pointing to UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office guidance and the complexity of operating world voyages, Cunard said its ship Queen Elizabeth would now sail again on March 25th.
Carnival Corporation has confirmed that Simon Palethorpe has been named as president, Carnival UK, expanding his current role as president of Cunard.