Pioneers of ocean travel, Cunard first offered scheduled transatlantic passenger crossings in 1840. They were the first cruise line to take pianos to sea, introduced ensuite bathrooms in the late nineteenth century and added onboard gyms and health centres to their list of cruise industry breakthroughs in 1911. Cunard's history of itineraries is just as significant, with Laconia sailing the first world cruise in 1922. Cunard's guest book reads like a who's who of royal, political and Hollywood history, and the cruise line is still a firmly established favourite in the premium cruise sector. Cunard's three cruise liners, Queen Mary II, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth are among the most famous cruise ships at sea.
Departure ports are located in the UK and other European ports, USA and New Zealand. Cunard liners sail to destinations in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the British Isles, Scandinavia, The Baltic and Iceland, Canary Islands, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Panama Canal, USA (including Hawaii) and Canada, as well as offering transatlantic crossings and world cruises.
While kids are generally welcome on Cunard cruises, there are usually no dedicated kids' activities or child-minding facilities.
When it comes to dining on board, Cunard vessels offer choices to their valued guests. Generally cruisers have the option of choosing when they’d like to enjoy dinner with a ‘Single Seating’ option. On the Queen Mary 2 and the Queen Elizabeth 2, the accommodation style is paired with a specific restaurant for formal dining arrangements. Many holiday makers enjoy the thrill of dressing up for the evening’s activities. The glitz, the glamour and elegant sophistication of a Cunard dining experience is one to be savoured.