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Cunard Cruises

2,646 Reviews
Queen Mary 2 (QM2)

About Cunard Cruises

Cunard Line aims for big-ship luxury with a "Golden Era" feel. Cunard comprises four ships -- the 2,691-passenger Queen Mary 2, the flagship of the fleet; the 1,988-passenger Queen Victoria; and the 2,068-passenger Queen Elizabeth and the newest, the 2,996-passenger Queen Anne, which debuted in 2024.

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Queen Elizabeth
Queen Elizabeth in Tasmania

25 Night
South Pacific Cruise

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Queen Elizabeth
Queen Elizabeth in Tasmania

23 Night
South Pacific Cruise

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Queen Elizabeth
Queen Elizabeth in Tasmania

31 Night
Transpacific Cruise

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Queen Mary 2 (QM2)
Queen Mary 2 (QM2)

90 Night
World Cruise

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Virgin Voyages

81 Night
World Cruise

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14 Night
Europe - Western Cruise

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13 Night
South Pacific Cruise

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11 Night
Alaska Cruise

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U. S. Pacific Coast Cruise

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Transatlantic Cruise

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Transatlantic Cruise

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28 Night
South Pacific Cruise

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Far East Cruise

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Europe - Northern Cruise

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98 Night
World Cruise

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Cunard Cruises Tips, Activities, and Overview

Who goes on Cunard cruise ships?

Cunard draws an incredibly diverse crowd, with people from all over the world and of all ages. With that said, most passengers come from the U.K., North America, Germany and Japan. The world cruisers who occupy the top cabins are often extremely wealthy, with a fair smattering of celebrities enjoying Queens Grill -- but equally, the entry-level cabins on the shorter cruises attract bargain hunters.

Passengers are mainly couples, although solos are catered for. Cunard is particularly LGBTQ-friendly, too, with plenty of same-gender couples. The age range is mainly over 55, but during school holidays, a lot of families travel. On Queen Mary 2, you'll also find a small subset of people who have chosen the route because there's a kennel onboard for dogs and cats.

Do I have to dress up on a Cunard cruise?

Absolutely. You'd be unlikely to book if you weren't a fan of glamorous black-tie nights. This is a line where tradition triumphs and even a relatively short, eight-night transatlantic crossing might involve three formal nights. Tuxedos or dark suits for men is expected, with women trotting out long dresses and jewels. Even the formal nights are narrowed down with themes like a black-and-white ball.

Gala evenings aside, the dress code is generally "smart," which can be interpreted as stylish but not involving men needing to wear a tie.

Those who really don't want to dress up can still go casual-ish and eat at the buffet on formal nights, but you won't be allowed in any of the lounges or go into the theater for a show.

Is everything free on Cunard cruises?

No. You will need to pay extra for pretty well everything, from bottled water and specialty coffee to Wi-Fi, crew gratuities, specialty dining, shore excursions and drinks, as well as exercise classes and a day pass to use the saunas and steam rooms in the spa.

Dining is included in the cruise fare but which main dining room you're assigned to will vary by what type of cabin you have booked. Also included are evening entertainment and basic tea and coffee at meals.

What are Cunard’s most popular activities?

On sea days, Cunard's ships are famous for its guest speaker program, which features big names from the arts, politics and science scenes. Otherwise, popular activities are pretty traditional -- bridge, dance classes, bingo and pub quizzes in the Golden Lion Pub. There are watercolor painting classes, wine tasting sessions, flower arranging, table tennis and, in the evenings, karaoke. Afternoon tea is a daily ritual rarely missed by most passengers. On Queen Mary 2 the planetarium shows are quite popular as well.

Why go with Cunard?

  • A classic, elegant cruise experience on world-famous ships
  • The only scheduled service across the North Atlantic, between the U.K. and New York
  • Some surprisingly good-value fares, given the elegance of the ships

Best for: Those who enjoy a more formal style of cruising and value the opportunity to learn more about the world through insightful talks

Not for: Anyone looking for a party atmosphere and informal vibe or who enjoys a more modern style of cruising

Cunard Line Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Frustrated travellers

you have to except salad ie tomatoes how they wish to serve them the food is just thrown in the bowls and plates because the staff is under pressure to reduce the queues.Our table for the early sitting is so tight to the next table in order to get my husbands small travel wheelchair in and out the other tables and chairs have to be moved by a member of staff, we are crammed in and feel like an hinderance, it really isn’t good enough.Read More
David Lacey

many10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Wonderful experience, pure luxury

There was such choice of experiences on board , food was fantastic , staff were helpful and friendly especially Atul in the bar and Joy who took such good care of us and our cabin.Fantastic experience we joined in Kiel to Southampton.Read More
A Kennedy

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 58s

I Really Enjoyed our Cruise on QM2.

Service was mostly very good but on the slower side and that was ok for us since we had the our friends with us and had time to chat.They did put us in the fast lane so boarding good.Read More
GoodTimeCruiser 2005

many10+ Cruises

Age 65s

10 yr customer. Worst trip by far. Never again.

Curry in everything, even the July 4th fried chicken thigh (only tiny thigh and leg were offered)...Mackerel everywhere, dry chicken breast, stir fry leftovers...Read More
Wasylow

many10+ Cruises

Age 75s

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