Cunard Line Announces 2012-2013 Deployment

Cunard Line brings more than 170 years of maritime heritage to the youngest fleet at sea to offer an exquisite program of luxury cruise vacations aboard Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth in 2012 and early 2013.

On sale in April, highlights of the new season include many popular itineraries with multiple departure dates; overnight stays in Amsterdam, Venice, Rome, Hamburg, St Petersburg, Boston, Quebec, Madeira and Barcelona; and maiden calls in Morocco and Spain.

Featuring more than 70 departures, Cunard combines the New Golden Age of Ocean Travel with the classic traditions and legendary White Star Service for which Cunard is renowned.

In addition to the extensive voyage programme, Cunard is excited to announce another Cunard Royal Rendezvous on 5 June 2012, when all three Cunard Queens will meet in Southampton, England to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen.

“Since the launch of Queen Elizabeth this past fall, it has been remarkable to see the response to our ships as they tour the globe,” said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line. “As the pace of life accelerates, more and more people are seeking unique experiences, traditional values and service excellence. Our unrivalled heritage and youngest fleet in the world are proving to be more popular than ever.”

Queen Mary 2

The Line’s flagship Queen Mary 2 continues to sail her legendary Transatlantic Crossings in 2012, including 19 classic seven-day voyages between New York and Southampton and six nine-day extended Crossings between New York and Hamburg.

Queen Mary 2 also offers voyages to the Baltic, Norway and the North Cape, the Atlantic Isles and Iberia, as well as a return to the Mediterranean including maiden calls in Malaga and Valencia, Spain. All of these European itineraries can be combined with a Transatlantic Crossing on either side to create a Grand Voyage – offering North American guests the chance to sail to Europe roundtrip from New York.

After her annual Getaway for the 4 July holiday, Queen Mary 2 returns to New York in fall 2012 for two Canada and New England voyages – including one with an overnight stay in Quebec – and a Holiday sailing to the Caribbean.

Queen Elizabeth

Cunard’s newest ship, Queen Elizabeth, takes over the successful fall Mediterranean programme with 12-day Mediterranean voyages that begin and end in Athens, Venice or Rome. Featuring eight unique itineraries, Queen Elizabeth’s Mediterranean season commences with a nine-day voyage from Southampton to Rome on 28 August and concludes with the 10-day voyage from Rome (overnight) to Southampton on 29 November. These voyages call on Seville (Cadiz); Palma; Barcelona; Monte Carlo; and Florence/Pisa (Livorno).

In 2012, this popular offering has been further enhanced with two voyages to the Holy Land – including calls in Jerusalem, Galilee and Alexandria – as well as more voyages to the Greek Isles and Black Sea including:

•  Three 12-day Greek Isles voyages between Athens and Venice, and one 12-day Greek Isles voyage roundtrip Athens (including calls to Mykonos; Mytilene; Istanbul; Kusadasi (for Ephesus); Rhodes; Santorini; Katakolon (for Olympia); Corfu; Dubrovnik; Heraklion; and/or Alexandria (for Cairo/Giza), depending on the voyage)

•  One 12-day Black Sea voyage from Venice to Athens (featuring calls to Katakolon (for Olympia); Mykones; Instanbul (overnight); Yalta; Odessa; Nessebur; Kusadasi (for Ephesus); and Santorini

Prior to that, Queen Elizabeth also takes guests on a series of voyages roundtrip from Southampton to Norway, the Baltic and her second circumnavigation of the British Isles.

In early 2013, Queen Elizabeth will showcase a series of legendary voyages that include full transits of the Panama Canal, plus new voyages to the South Pacific and New Zealand – including maiden calls in Hilo, Hawaii; Bora Bora, French Polynesia; and Christchurch, New Zealand. The ship’s South Pacific voyages include: one 15-day voyage from Los Angeles to Auckland; one 21-day from Auckland to Los Angeles; or guests can opt to sail the 36-day roundtrip South Pacific voyage from Los Angeles.

Queen Victoria

With a range of voyages to Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Atlantic Isles and Iberia, Queen Victoria makes Southampton her homeport for 2012.

New for Queen Victoria in 2012 is a 20-day voyage to the Black Sea and Turkey as well as maiden calls in Casablanca, Morocco and Constanza, Bulgaria.

Some of Queen Victoria’s returning itinerary favorites include the seven-day Fjords and Waterfalls voyages to Norway, the 14-day St. Petersburg & Baltic Explorer (with an overnight in St. Petersburg), the 17-day Adriatic Discovery and an enhanced Mediterranean Gems itinerary that adds an additional day for a 13-day voyage.

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