Queen Mary 2 Expands Transatlantic Season With New Calls to and From
QE2 Voyages Showcase Compelling European Itineraries Including Four Maiden
Voyages Open for Sale to Past Guests on April 1 and to the General Public
on April 2
2008 Voyage Brochure Available Mid-April
VALENCIA, Calif., March 15 /CNW/ -- In 2008, the iconic ocean liners
Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth 2 continue to uphold the grand traditions
that define Cunard Line. The ships' spellbinding 2008 itineraries, calling on
some of the world's most exciting cities and picturesque ports, underscore
Cunard's premier place as the world's leader of luxury ocean travel. Overall
the Cunard fleet will offer more than 40 itineraries and over 95 ports of call
The year will start in celebration with the spectacular January 13
meeting of all three Cunard Queens (Queen Mary 2, QE2 and Queen Victoria) in
New York Harbor for a Royal Rendezvous(TM) -- marking the first time in the
company's 168-year history that three Cunard Queens have been in service
In addition to its signature Transatlantic voyages, Queen Mary 2 offers
five 10-day Southern Caribbean Calypso voyages operating roundtrip from Ft.
Lauderdale, explores the Mediterranean on two captivating voyages, offers
three holiday Getaway sailings from New York and travels up the Eastern
Seaboard to Canada and New England. The 2008 programme culminates with a
14-day Caribbean Celebration voyage coinciding with the Christmas holidays and
Complete information will be available mid-April in Cunard's 2008 Voyage
Queen Mary 2 -- A Most Civilized Way to Cross
In 2008, Queen Mary 2 increases the number of Transatlantic crossings
between Southampton and New York to 24 and builds on the success of its 2006
transatlantic voyages to/from Hamburg, Germany, with the continuation of four
such voyages in 2008.
New for 2008, she'll make two Transatlantic voyages to/from Cherbourg,
France, one of which departs July 15, the day after Bastille Day.
"Transatlantic crossings continue to distinguish Cunard Line," said Carol
Marlow, president of Cunard Line. "We've added even more voyages this year
and their timeless elegance resonates with an audience seeking our singular
combination of history, elegance and glamour. The demand for Transatlantics
Six-day eastbound Transatlantics, from New York to Southampton, are
scheduled April 16, 28; May 10, 27; June 8; July 8, 22; Aug. 7,19; Sept. 4;
Oct. 4 and 16. Westbound Transatlantics, from Southampton to New York, are
scheduled April 22; May 4, 16; June 2, 26; July 16; Aug. 1, 13, 29; Sept. 21;
Oct. 10 and 22. Of these, six sail to/from Hamburg and Cherbourg with stops
each way in Southampton.
"Given the remarkable popularity of our Transatlantic voyages to and from
Hamburg, Germany, we're pleased to add another European destination to our
Crossings -- via Cherbourg, France -- allowing our guests to further tailor
their experience on one of Cunard's legendary voyages to and from Europe,"
Seven-day Transatlantic Crossings to/from Cherbourg sail on July 8
(eastbound) and July 15 (westbound). Eight-day eastbound Transatlantic
Crossings to/from Hamburg, Germany sail on July 22 and August 19 and westbound
sailings sail on July 30 and August 27.
Transatlantic Voyage fares start from $1,195.
In addition to her six Caribbean sailings in early 2008, Queen Mary 2
will offer seven Caribbean voyages in the second half of the year. These are:
(*) Southern Caribbean Calypso -- Five 10-day voyages, departing roundtrip
from Ft. Lauderdale on Nov. 9, 19, 29 and Dec. 9 and Jan. 2 with stops
in Willemsted, Curacao; St. George's, Grenada; Bridgetown, Barbados;
Castries, St. Lucia; Basseterre, St. Kitts; and St. Thomas. Fares
start from $1,645.
(*) Caribbean Adventure -- A eight-day voyage, departing from New York to
Ft. Lauderdale on Nov. 1, with stops in Basseterre, St. Kitts; St.
George's, Grenada; and Kralendijk, Bonaire. Fares start from $1,295.
(*) Caribbean Celebration -- A 14-day voyage over the holidays, departing
roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale on Dec. 19, with stops in Cristobal,
Panama; Kralendijk, Bonaire; St. George's, Grenada; Bridgetown,
Barbados; Castries, St. Lucia; Roseau, Dominica; Basseterre, St. Kitts
and Road Town, Tortola. Fares start from $3,295.
The Mediterranean is also on the ship's itinerary, with two voyages in
June and September:
(*) Mediterranean Explorer -- A 12-day voyage, departing roundtrip from
Southampton on June 14 with stops in Vigo, Barcelona, Monte Carlo,
Rome, Naples/Capri, Gibraltar and Lisbon. Fares start from $2,695.
(*) Riviera Rendezvous -- An 11-day voyage, departing roundtrip from
Southampton on Sept. 10 with stops in Vigo, Barcelona, Monte Carlo,
Rome, Gibraltar and Lisbon. Fares start from $2,395.
Once again, the ship will offer its popular seven-day Splendours of
Autumn voyage, departing roundtrip from New York on Sept. 27, with calls on
Halifax, Nova Scotia; Saint John, New Brunswick; Portland, Maine; Boston,
Mass. and Newport, R.I. Fares start from $1,795.
Queen Mary 2's popular Getaway sailings, ranging from four to six days,
(*) Memorial Day Getaway -- A five-day voyage, departing roundtrip from
New York on May 22, with stops in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Boston,
Mass. Fares start from $1,195.
(*) Independence Day Getaway -- A six-day voyage, departing roundtrip from
New York on July 2, with stops in Boston, Mass.; Bar Harbor, Maine and
Halifax, Nova Scotia. The ship will be in historic Boston on July 4th
and will depart at 10:00pm allowing guests to enjoy the local
festivities and celebrations. Fares start from $1,495.
(*) Halloween Getaway -- A four-day voyage, departing roundtrip from
New York on Oct. 28, with a stop in Eleuthera Island, Bahamas. Fares
start from $795.
Queen Elizabeth 2 -- Defining Elegance at Sea
Despite being the most traveled ship of all time (having sailed almost
5.5 million nautical miles), Cunard has scheduled some new ports for the
legendary liner to visit in 2008: Cephalonia in Greece (May 11), Split in
Croatia (May 14), Propriano in Corsica (July 24) and Grandafjordur in Iceland
(August 4). A special welcome is expected during each of these maiden calls.
Queen Elizabeth 2's 17-voyage programme includes a half-dozen diverse
Mediterranean sailings, as well as voyages to the Canary Islands, Norway,
Iceland and North America. All voyages sail roundtrip from Southampton.
Travelers seeking to explore the Mediterranean can choose between seven
itineraries, varying in length from 10- to 16-days. They are:
(*) Mediterranean Adventure -- A 16-day voyage, departing on May 5 with
stops in Lisbon, Gibraltar, Valletta, Cephalonia, Dubrovnik, Trieste,
Split, Corfu and Cadiz. Fares start from $2,695
(*) Mediterranean Treasures -- A 12-day voyage, departing on May 21 with
stops in Naples/Capri, Rome, Florence/Pisa, Cannes, Barcelona and
Gibraltar. Fares start from $1,995.
(*) Mediterranean Splendour -- A 15-day voyage, departing on July 2 with
stops in Lisbon, Sardinia, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Trieste, Valletta and
Gibraltar. Fares start from $2,795.
(*) Mediterranean Mosaic -- An 11-day voyage, departing on July 20 with
stops in Lisbon, Corsica, Rome, Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Gibraltar.
Fares start from $2,095.
(*) Mediterranean Odyssey -- A 15-day voyage, departing on Oct. 27 with
stops in Lisbon, Sardinia, Naples/Capri, Messina, Dubrovnik, Zakinthos,
Athens, Gibraltar and Vigo. Fares start from $2,495.
(*) Taste of the Mediterranean -- Two 10-day voyages, departing on Aug. 12
and Oct. 12 with stops in Lisbon, Sardinia, Cannes, Barcelona and
Gibraltar. Fares start from $1,695.
(*) Mediterranean Sojourn -- A 14-day voyage, departing on August 27 with
stops in Lisbon, Sardinia, Athens, Zakinthos, Palermo, Naples/Capri and
Valencia. Fares start from $2,495.
In summer, Queen Elizabeth 2 will visit Iceland and Norway on three
(*) Land of the Midnight Sun -- A 13-day voyage, departing roundtrip from
Southampton on June 2 with stops in the Norwegian ports of Bergen,
Trondheim, Gravdal (Lofoten Islands), Longyearbyen, Tromso, Hellestylt,
Geiranger and Stavanger. Fares start from $2,295.
(*) Norwegian Wonders -- A seven-day voyage, departing roundtrip from
Southampton on June 25 with stops in Bergen, Hellesylt, Geiranger,
Flaam, and Stavanger, Norway. Fares start from $1,495.
(*) Lands of Fire and Ice -- A 12-day voyage, departing roundtrip from
Southampton on July 31 with stops in Reykjavik, Grundarfjordur,
Akureyri in Iceland and Hellesylt, Geiranger, Flaam, Stavanger and Oslo
in Norway. Fares start from $2,395.
Other voyages operating roundtrip from Southampton are:
(*) Atlantic Isles Idyll -- A 10-day voyage, departing on June 15 with
stops in Bilbao, Funchal, Santa Cruz Tenerife, Las Palmas and Lisbon.
Fares start from $1,695.
(*) Summer and Fall Getaways -- Three- or five-day voyages depart on
July 17 (3 days), August 22 and October 22 (five days) with stops in
Rotterdam and Zeebrugge, or Bilbao, La Rochelle and St. Peter Port.
Fares start from $695.
(*) Autumn Colors -- A 20-day sailing departing on September 10 and
includes an overnight in Quebec City, Quebec, as well as stops Halifax,
Nova Scotia; Saint John, New Brunswick; Bar Harbor, Maine; Boston,
Mass.; Newport, R.I.; New York, NY and St. Johns, Newfoundland. Fares
start from $4,195.
(*) Canary Islands Splendour -- A 12-day voyage, departing on Sept. 30 with
stops in Madeira, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria,
Malaga, Gibraltar and Lisbon. Fares start from $2,095.
All pricing is based on Early Booking Fares, per person, double occupancy
and reflect 35% off Brochure Fares for Transatlantics and up to 30% off
Brochure Fares on other voyages.
For more information about the 2008 itineraries for Queen Mary 2 and QE2,
call 1-800-7-CUNARD or go to www.cunard.com.
About Cunard Line
Cunard Line, operator of the luxury ocean liners Queen Mary 2 and QE2,
has long been synonymous with the quest for new discoveries and the epitome of
British refinement since the company's first paddle-wheeled steamer,
Britannia, crossed the Atlantic in 1840. Cunard voyages bring together
like-minded travelers who relish the Cunard hallmarks of impeccable White Star
Service(SM), fine dining, sophisticated adventure, the legacy of historic
voyages and transatlantic travel. Queen Victoria joins the fleet in December
Cunard Line is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines. The
exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line,
Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises and The Yachts of Seabourn. Sharing a passion
to please each guest, and a commitment to quality and value, member lines
appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets. Together they offer
exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable
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