Coming off the heels of Cunard Line’s historic Royal Rendezvous on 13 January 2011, when all three Queens – Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and the newly launched Queen Elizabeth – will sail into New York harbour on the same day, Queen Victoria debuts her Americas Season for sailings through the Panama Canal, visiting ports between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, including Aruba, Mexico and Los Angeles. This season’s 11-, 15- and 17-day voyages begin in New York, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Los Angeles, respectively, with each voyage making a transit through the famous locks of the Panama Canal. A special offer is available on early bookings for these voyages, with savings of up to $1,600 per balcony stateroom.*
Depending on the voyage itinerary, guests can enjoy the best of both coasts, including exotic locales such as Acapulco, Curaçao and St. Thomas:
• Panama Canal Treasures, departs 13 January 2011 from New York, calling on Fort Lauderdale, Oranjestad (Aruba), Panama Canal transit, Puntarenas (Costa Rica), Huatulco (Mexico), Acapulco (Mexico), Manzanillo (Mexico) and Los Angeles
• Panama Canal Adventure, departs 3 March 2011 from Los Angeles, with stops in Cabo San Lucas (Mexico), Puerto Vallarta (Mexico), Ixtapa (Mexico), Puerto Quetzal (Guatemala), Panama City (Panama), Panama Canal transit, Willemstad (Curaçao) and Fort Lauderdale
• Roundtrip Panama Canal, departs roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale on 18 March 2011, calling on Charlotte Amalie (St. Thomas), Philipsburg (St. Maarten), St. George’s (Grenada), Bonaire (Antilles) and a partial transit of the Panama Canal
Every voyage on Cunard offers the opportunity to create memorable experiences and provides a sense of occasion. Aboard Queen Victoria, guests revel in the luxury of time, experiencing such Cunard hallmarks as traditional afternoon tea served by white-gloved waiters, dressing up for formal nights and Royal themed balls, an engaging variety of intellectual and stimulating pursuits – including fencing – and extraordinary dining rivaling the finest restaurants in the world.
In grand Cunard tradition, Queen Victoria is designed in the spirit of the floating palaces of the past. Having debuted in December 2007, she captured the world stage in a way few ships ever do – becoming one of the most fêted ships to be introduced in recent years and quickly establishing herself in the Cunard fleet. Every inch of the 2,000-passenger liner is infused with a sense of luxury and tradition, from the Royal Court Theatre, which includes the first private viewing boxes at sea, to the signature two-storey library with a spiral staircase and nearly 6,000 volumes. Queen Victoria features double- and triple-height public rooms that evoke the rich and well-recorded history of ocean liner and Victorian era design. Most distinctive of all, of course, is the Line’s legendary White Star Service for which Cunard is renowned.