From the Caribbean, Greek Isles, Scandinavia and Russia, to the Black Sea,
Cunard's Newest Queen Will Embark Upon Captivating Maiden Voyages
VALENCIA, Calif., March 15 /CNW/ -- 2008 will mark an exciting year on
the Cunard calendar. For the first time in history, three Cunard Queens will
be in service simultaneously and the newest, Queen Victoria, will embark on 21
captivating voyages that will include dozens of celebratory maiden calls
around the world. Queen Victoria's 2008 programme is highlighted by Cunard's
exciting return to Scandinavia and Russia, as well as eight different
Mediterranean itineraries affording guests' an in-depth exploration into the
renowned cities and ports of the region. The schedule also features visits to
Norway, the Canary Islands and the Caribbean on itineraries of four to 22
Among the highlights are three 14-day Russian Rendezvous itineraries
circling the Baltic Sea and featuring two full days in St. Petersburg, Russia;
a full range of Mediterranean ports featuring Egypt and the Greek Isles, and
the best ports of the Eastern and Western Mediterranean including Monte Carlo,
Florence and Istanbul; and a 22-day Caribbean Holiday voyage. These voyages
follow Queen Victoria's 106-night Maiden World Cruise and will be detailed in
Cunard's 2008 Voyages brochure to be published in mid-April.
"This is an exciting time in our history," says Carol Marlow, president
of Cunard Line. "Even as Queen Victoria is under construction, we have been
at work mapping out an incredible itinerary of fascinating places to show off
this extraordinary new ship. Whether a guest is sailing with Cunard for the
first time, or the fortieth time, Queen Victoria will offer an array of
once-in-a-lifetime experiences reminiscent of the Golden Age of Ocean Travel."
An extraordinary shipboard experience awaits Queen Victoria's first
passengers. Long regarded as the trend-setter in glamorous ocean travel,
Cunard voyages offer the epitome of luxury and refinement and Queen Victoria
is no exception. The ship's sumptuous surroundings, fine dining and renowned
White Star Service(SM), together with sharply focused itineraries and myriad
entertainment and enrichment programs, captivate passengers and confirm
Cunard's place as purveyor of the world's most extraordinary ocean voyages.
In her first full year at sea, Queen Victoria's itinerary features a
collection of engaging Mediterranean voyages, including:
(*) Mediterranean Delights -- A 14-day voyage, departing roundtrip from
Southampton on May 6 with stops in Seville, Corsica, Rome,
Naples/Capri, Valletta, La Goulette and Gibraltar. Voyage fares start
(*) Legends of the Mediterranean -- Two 12-day voyages departing Barcelona
on Aug. 25 and Oct. 24, with stops in Monte Carlo, Florence/Pisa,
Naples/Capri, Valletta, Crete, Izmir, Athens, Sicily and Rome. Voyage
fares start from $2,395.
(*) Classical Mediterranean -- Two 12-day voyages departing Venice on
Aug. 13 and Oct. 12, with stops in Dubrovnik, Katakolon, Mykonos,
Istanbul, Kusadasi, Sicily, Rome, Florence/Pisa, Marseille and
Barcelona. Both departures feature an overnight stay in Venice.
Voyage fares start from $2,445.
(*) Jewels of the Mediterranean -- A 12-day voyage, departing Southampton
on Aug. 1 and ending with an overnight stay in Venice, with stops in
Gibraltar, Cannes, Florence/Pisa, Rome, Sicily, Corfu and Dubrovnik.
Voyage fares start from $2,995.
(*) Ancient Wonders of the Mediterranean -- Two 12-day voyages, departing
on Nov. 5 and Nov. 17 from Rome and Athens, respectively, with stops in
Naples/Capri, Sicily, Valletta, Alexandria (for Cairo/Giza), Port Said,
Kusadasi, Istanbul, Kepez, Volos and Athens. Voyage fares start from
(*) Connoisseur's Mediterranean -- A 12-day voyage, departing Rome on
Nov. 29 and ending in Southampton, with stops in Naples/Capri, Sicily,
Katakolon, Dubrovnik, Valletta, La Goulette and Malaga. Voyage fares
start from $2,295.
(*) Greek Isles and Aegean Shores -- Two 12-day voyages, departing Rome on
Sept. 6 and Sept. 30, with stops in Naples/Capri, Santorini, Izmir,
Istanbul (overnight), Samos, Athens, Zakinthos, Dubrovnik and Venice.
Voyage fares start from $2,695.
(*) Crimean Coasts -- A 12-day voyage, departing from Venice on Sept. 18
and ending in Rome, with stops in Kusadasi, Istanbul (overnight),
Odessa, Yalta, Athens, Sicily and Rome. Voyage fares start from
A Return to the Baltic and Northern Europe
Cunard returns to the Baltic with Queen Victoria's voyages to Scandinavia
and Russia during the summer months. The voyages, which circle the Black Sea,
(*) Russian Rendezvous -- Three 14-day voyages, departing roundtrip from
Southampton on May 27, June 22 and July 18, with stops in Zeebrugge,
Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg (overnight),
Tallinn and Gdansk. Voyage fares start from $3,375
Norway also figures prominently on Queen Victoria's calendar, with
captivating voyages including:
(*) Norwegian Fjords -- A seven-day voyage, departing roundtrip from
Southampton on May 20, with stops in Bergen, Hellesylt, Geiranger,
Aalesund and Stavanger. Voyage fares start from $1,675.
(*) Voyage of the Vikings -- Two 12-day voyages, departing roundtrip from
Southampton on June 10 and July 6, with stops in Bergen, Tromso,
Honningsvag (for the North Cape), Trondheim, Hellesylt, Geiranger,
Olden and Stavanger. Voyage fares start from $2,895.
Other alluring Queen Victoria voyages in 2008 include:
(*) Canary Islands Splendour -- A ten-day voyage, departing roundtrip from
Southampton on April 22, with stops in Madeira, Tenerife, Gran Canaria,
Lisbon and Vigo. Voyage fares start from $1,775.
(*) Spring Getaway -- A four-day voyage, departing roundtrip from
Southampton on May 2, with stops in Paris/Normandy (Le Havre),
Rotterdam and Zeebrugge. Voyage fares start from $995.
(*) Caribbean Holiday -- A 22-day voyage, departing roundtrip from
Southampton on Dec. 11 with stops in Ponta Delgada, Antigua, St. Kitts,
St. Lucia, Grenada, Barbados, Madeira and Vigo. Voyage fares start
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.
The 90,000-ton Queen Victoria will not only be a classic ocean liner,
offering the very best of Cunard's heritage and traditions, along with all
modern day luxuries, but will also feature many exciting innovations. These
will include the first traditional West End-style private viewing boxes at sea
in the Royal Court Theatre; the first floating Cunardia museum display,
housing Cunard artifacts and memorabilia and the first two-story, 'spiral
staircased' library at sea. The ship will also feature the line's celebrated
luxury Grills accommodation and dining, further enhanced on Queen Victoria
with exclusive deck terraces and an al fresco dining option.
From the outside, her distinctive black and red livery will hint at what
differentiates a Cunard liner from a standard cruise ship. This will be most
evident in the ship's adherence to liner traditions of the past, with elegant
double- and triple-height public rooms featuring rich wood paneling, intricate
mosaics and gleaming chandeliers. There will also be a grand, colonial-style
Winter Garden complete with a retractable glass roof.
As well as being the second largest Cunarder ever built, Queen Victoria's
arrival is particularly noteworthy as it will mark the first time that three
Cunard Queens have been in service together in the company's 168-year history.
She joins the world's grandest ocean liner, Queen Mary 2 and the world's most
famous ship, QE2.
For more information about Queen Victoria's 2008 itineraries, 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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