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April 20, 2009

Cunard Line Unveils 2010-2011 Itineraries

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Building on the exciting announcement of Cunard Line’s inaugural season for Queen Elizabeth, Cunard is pleased to announce the newly published Europe, Transatlantics and Americas 2010-2011 programme for Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria. The year 2010 will herald another important milestone for Cunard: once again the company will have three Queens sail under the line’s flag. With the youngest fleet in the industry, guests will experience a new golden age of ocean travel in contemporary surroundings backed by the classic traditions of legendary White Star Service for which the line is renowned.

“Our heritage is highly regarded by our guests, with up to 97% saying they will recommend Cunard to a friend and 98% saying they will return,” said Carol Marlow, president of Cunard Line. “In appreciation of their loyalty, we are pleased to offer a wider range of itineraries in 2010 – a direct result of our expanded fleet of modern luxury vessels.”

Queen Mary 2
The grandest ocean liner in the world, Queen Mary 2 will continue her reign on the Atlantic in 2010 with 21 Transatlantic Crossings including between New York and Southampton, Cherbourg or Hamburg, providing guests time to experience the multitude of onboard activities such as enjoying a lecture through the Cunard Insights programme, discovering one of the 8,000 volumes in the Library, dancing nightly to an live orchestra in the Queens Room, viewing all of the cosmic journey offerings in the only planetarium at sea and honing their dramatic arts skills in a RADA workshop, to name a few.

There will also be more “Grand” voyages roundtrip from New York whereby guests can combine two Transatlantic Crossings with a Mediterranean, Northern Europe and for the first time, a short Getaway voyage in Europe. In the summer of 2010, Queen Mary 2 will also offer five voyages to Northern Europe from Southampton and Hamburg, including maiden calls to the North Cape and Tromso in Norway. After her short Getaway for the July 4th holiday, she returns to New York in fall 2010 for a season of voyages in the Americas, including two explorations of Canada and New England and five Caribbean voyages departing roundtrip from New York.

Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria begins her 2010 season in Southampton for a series of voyages to Iberia, Northern Europe, Norwegian Fjords, the Baltic and the Mediterranean, in addition to her first sailing around the British Isles. After repositioning to Venice, she will begin a series of “open jaw” sailings between this jewel of the Adriatic and Rome or Barcelona. Many of these sailings will feature overnight stays in popular destinations like Venice, Istanbul and Barcelona.

The ship then returns to Southampton and across the Atlantic to start a new Americas season in 2011. Queen Victoria’s American journey begins with a 17-day voyage from New York to Los Angeles through the magnificent Panama Canal. From the City of Angels, she will embark on two 14-day voyages to Hawaii, including a maiden call at Nawiliwili (Kauai), and her first west coast 4-day Getaway voyage to Mexico. After another full transit of the Canal from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale, Queen Victoria will offer an 11-day Panama Canal voyage roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale before heading back across the Atlantic on a 16-day voyage that will take in the US east coast, Lisbon and Cobh.

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