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Seeing the distinctive red and black funnels in port may automatically announce a Cunard ships’ presence, but there are some key differences between these Queens, including itineraries, space and fit out.
All ships offer class system of cabins, leading with the stylish Britannia grade cabins. The Princess Grill offers 3 suite types and access to the Grills Lounge and Terrace dining, concierge service, sparking wine and chocolates on arrival, Illy coffee machine, velour robes and slippers and even personalised stationary.
The epitome of luxury style in the Queen’s Grill staterooms, with personal butler, pre-dinner canapes, in-suite dining from Queen’s Grill menu, a complimentary mini bar stocked with two of your choice of of wine or spirits, and even an iPad and Playstation 4! Of course, both Princess and Queen’s Grill guests have priority embarkation.
The famous Cunard Gala Balls give you an opportunity to dance the night away in your finest attire in the Queens Room showcases an 8 piece orchestra set and Cunard even offer gentlemen hosts to accompany any single ladies – there’s no excuse not to be dancing! 7 night cruises have 2 Gala Nights, with more on longer cruises.
Attire is important on Cunard and there is a balance between relaxed smart casual daytime dress, with evenings expected to dress up in formal attire for most of their bars, restaurants and entertainment venues. The Gala Evenings are the most formal and sometimes themed events, where Cunard encourages black tie and ballgown attire. They even have a suggested style guide for cruisers at https://www.cunard.com/en-au/the-cunard-experience/what-to-pack
Despite the fact that Cunard is American-owned, there's no shortage of British icons like a Fortnum & Mason hamper ordering service, Harris Tweed for sale and a sunlit Garden Lounge that's inspired by the glass houses of Kew Gardens, offering a stunning, understated British experience.
COMPARING THE QUEENS
Queen Mary 2
Cunard’s flagship oozes style and elegance and is famous for her space and luxury.
The famous Traditional Afternoon Tea is serviced by white-gloved waiters every afternoon, offering fingers sandwiches, scones and pastries along with Twining’s fine leaf teas with live orchestral background performances to complete the ambience. Grills guests have the intimate Princess Grill afternoon tea offering, or for a more casual atmosphere, the Lido or King’s Court are also available.
The incredible Illuminations offers the only planetarium at sea. It is a luxury 3D cinema and classical music venue they can send you an epic voyage across the solar system, teach you to navigate by the stars, or so other signs unnatural history films. With the Dome retracted, Illuminations hosts 3D films and stunning concert and recitals with up to 4 screenings each day at sea.
Queen Mary 2 offers two outdoor pools and the Pavilion Pools retractable roof ensures you can enjoy your dip in any weather! There is also the Minnows Pool for kids and Canyon Ranch Spa Pool is a relaxing retreat.
Built for world cruising, with year-round exotic itineraries and homeports in Southampton, Hamburg and Fort Lauderdale.
As Cunard's newest ship built in 2010, the Queen Elizabeth, with a stunning, chic art-deco interior, offering a much lighter interior than other Cunard ships. A nod to her namesake, and true to Cunard spectacular artefact tradition, Queen Elizabeth hosts a lot of memorabilia, including a Christmas card from Queen Elizabeth and the original bell of the first Queen Elizabeth ship.
Homeporting in Melbourne, Sydney and Vancouver, there is plenty of opportunities for Australian’s to experience her splendour close to home, as well as being the only Cunard ship to explore Alaska waters during their summer season.
2022 arrival of the first new Cunard ship in 12 years. Her arrival will mean Cunard will have 4 ships in service for the first time since 1998.
There are 2 spacious outdoor pools on Queen Elizabeth, as well as the hydrotherapy pools in the spa. She also offers a refine Games Deck unique to her, with paddle tennis, croquet, bowls and golf practice swing nets.
The Britannia Club, one of four main dining rooms, replaces the Chart Room bar on Queen Victoria, while the Todd English specialty restaurant becomes The Verandah.
Queen Elizabeth is the most modern feeling option and fantastic for couples, singles, and families wanting a choice of close to home itineraries.
Almost a replica of her sister ship, Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria enjoyed a $40 million refurbishment in 2017, which saw 43 brand new cabins added to the back of the ship, also increasing the size of the aft pool deck. The ambience is modest and elegant – no neon or casino type glitz in this unobtrusive British style. Her interior style is darker than Queen Elizabeth with chestnut brown and gold, mahogany walls and intricate marble floors and rich carpets.
The stunning 3 tier lobby is a stately focal point with stunning artwork, sweeping staircase and chiselled balconies.
Queen Victoria is the best choice when choosing world itineraries and Cruise Critic says that it is best suited to couples, single travellers and mature cruisers.
All ships offer special activities such as the Guest Choir (Think Pub Choir with sophistication!), included dance classes, Chairobics for gentle seated exercises, and special solo traveller social activities and daily coffee catch ups.
The 2020-2021 season in Australia will feature calls from all 3 Queen’s with Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria visiting during their world cruises, with all 3 ships spending a record 49 days in Australian ports.
Queen Elizabeth will be based here from November 2020 for 4 months, offering voyages from 2 nights through to longer circle Australia and New Zealand itineraries.