March 8, 2011


Cunard Queen Mary 2 QM2 Rotterdam (12)
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A new press release from Cunard about 2012 trips...

With three ships now in the fleet, Cunard Line announces their widest ever range of voyages for 2012 with 84 voyages visiting 129 ports and 48 countries around the world.

The launch is supported by a comprehensive range of Early Booking Incentives including, for the first time, an additional 10% saving on all voyages booked before 31 May.

Cunard Line will celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and Her Majesty’s long association with Cunard, with a unique Three Queens Event in Southampton on 5 June 2012, the Bank Holiday Jubilee Celebration

Queen Elizabeth will spend the first half of the summer sailing out of Southampton before setting off on her Inaugural Mediterranean Fly-Voyage season from Venice, Civitavecchia (Rome) and Athens on a series of 12-night voyages. In early 2013 she will embark on a new Pacific Islands voyage offering a 91-night voyage from Southampton or a 36-night voyage from Los Angeles.

Queen Victoria has developed a very loyal following and will spend the summer sailing out of Southampton to the most popular Northern Europe and Mediterranean destinations. A new feature will be overnight stays in Amsterdam, Hamburg, Istanbul, St Petersburg, Madeira and Venice – giving guests more time to experience the destinations.

Queen Mary 2 goes from strength to strength on her unique Transatlantic Voyages and will cross the Atlantic 20 times during 2012. She will also offer voyages to Northern Europe, Canada and New England and a new 16-night Central Mediterranean voyage. The Transatlantic is fast becoming a ‘must do’ choice for regular cruisers.

The programme goes on sale worldwide on 4 April. Highlights include:

Value for Money - This year Cunard is offering exceptional savings to those booking prior to 31 May 2011. For example, Early Booking Savings of up to £900 per couple are available on a typical 12-night voyage. In addition and for the first time ever at Programme Launch there is an additional 10% saving on all 2012 voyages for guests booking prior to 31 May 2011. There is also complimentary onboard spending available of between $40 and $1000 per couple on Mediterranean Fly voyages and transatlantic crossings. And complimentary car parking is available to guests booking 2012 Southampton roundtrip voyages with durations of five nights or more (excluding roundtrip transatlantic crossings and World Voyages).

Overnight Stays – Feedback from passengers has shown that they would like to spend more time in big-hitting destinations. All three ships will now offer overnight stays that include Amsterdam, Venice, Rome, Hamburg, St Petersburg, Boston, Quebec, Madeira and Barcelona.

Traditional Values – As the pace of life accelerates, the values, traditions and White Star Service experienced with Cunard are gaining more and more recognition both from loyal Cunarders and with first timers to the brand. For example – on many cruise lines shorts can often be seen in dining rooms – this would never happen on a Cunard ship. Dancing is going through a renaissance through high profile television programmes in many countries. With state of the art ball rooms, the biggest dance floors at sea, big bands and dance hosts – Cunard is setting the standards and attracting many passengers who hanker for a taste of tradition and class.

Commenting on the 2012 programme, Cunard President and Managing Director Peter Shanks says:

“Since the high profile introduction of Queen Elizabeth last year, Cunard has seen a step change in interest and demand in the fast growing UK cruise market. As the pace of life accelerates, more and more people are looking for unique experiences, traditional values and service excellence – with our unrivalled heritage and now with the youngest fleet in the world we are proving to be more popular than ever”.

“With three ships in the fleet, our range of itineraries and holiday choices is greater than ever before – proving attractive both to loyal Cunarders and to first timers”.

“It’s no surprise that we will be celebrating Her Majesty’s Jubilee in fine style. All three Queens will be in Southampton together for the first time on 5 June next year, and we intend to make it an occasion Southampton and our passengers won’t forget”

“Our scheduled transatlantic crossings on Queen Mary 2 go from strength to strength. Word is out amongst the 1.5 million UK cruisers that it has to be done and is fast appearing on the ‘bucket list’ of every regular cruiser – no matter which cruise they have been on before. We are unique in offering this historic and evocative service and nothing beats seven luxurious days on board the world’s biggest ocean liner, Queen Mary 2”.

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