Cunard Cruise Lines

Cruises from Australia in the Queen Mary 2

 

With a history going back in 1839, Cunard has a great legacy. Their famous White Star service stems also from their history. In 1929, Cunard committed to completing the construction of Queen Mary and take responsibility of the White Star Transatlantic fleet. This was done as a repayment for a British government loan and it was the start of a great tradition.

The White Star service is all about perfectly trained staff, that makes passengers feel at ease and pampered at all times. English-speaking, knowledgeable about both vessel facts and cruise activities and always polite and well-dressed, the Cunard staff is at your service 24/7. All the members are trained at the White Star academy, that -in addition to their previous professional experience- polishes their skills. This way, all iconic Cunard vessels have top-notch service.

If you love old-time luxury, book a cruise with Cunard Cruise Lines. Their legendary Queen Mary 2 departs from Australia for many cruises and it will offer you long haul journeys that are unforgettable. You will feel as if you are traveling not only in space, but also in time, while keeping all the comforts that technological innovation has to offer. Queen Mary 2 is the only cruise ship with a Planetarium. Imagine combining the serenity of the ocean with a view of the Universe! And if you are in a mood for some socializing, visit the Queens Room. We are talking about chandeliers, thick carpets, foxtrot, cocktails, retro parties and the occasional Captain’s Reception. The World’s largest ballroom on a ship is of impeccable beauty. Another great option for entertainment is the Royal Court Theater. Award-winning musicals and theatrical productions are presented here for you to enjoy.

If you want to relax, Cunard Cruise Lines offer options that will nourish both your body and mind. The Canyon Ranch Spa Club offers a wide variety of treatments that will make you feel better and better every day of your cruise. As for your spirit, consider spending a day or two in the library. With over 8,000 books, you are sure to find something that interests you. The lighting of the shelves creates a cozy atmosphere and so do the thick oriental carpets, that prevent footsteps of other visitors from distracting you. And if your eyes drift off of the book, they will meet the great sea view outside of the library windows. Lectures offered on board on a variety of topics, including history, astronomy and theater will keep your mind engaged. So will the theater workshops that often take place. Find out more about you and learn to express yourself while on a relaxing cruise!

If you have that extra dime to spend, the Grill Experience is highly suggested by experienced passengers. The Queen and Princess Grill suites have marbled bathrooms, separate living-room space and a lot of storage space, so that you are not felling cramped with all your luggage. The Grill experience includes a personal battler and personalized service in general. You also get access to exclusive areas and services, such as white-glove service afternoon tea or pre-dinner cocktails. Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria also offer private courtyards. You have access to special dinning areas and menus and if you have any sort of special request to create unique moments, the staff will do their best to meet your expectations.

One would think that the description of Cunard’s services is a bit far-fetched, but the awards that they keep getting year after year are proving the company to really make the extra effort to keep its high standards and, of course, its customers returning. In 2012, Cunard got the Cruise International Award for “Best for Food” and the “Favorite Cruise Line” award of the Daily Telegraph Ultra Travel Awards and the year is not even over yet. In 2011 it managed to get 16 awards, some of which are: Best On Board Educational Program, Best World Itineraries, Best Transatlantic Itineraries, Cruise Line of the Year, Most Outstanding Ship Launch. And if you are lured into booking a cruise with Cunard, you can celebrate your birthday or engagement on their award-winning ships, as their staff are experts in organizing celebrations!

Cunard might seem a bit “too grownup”, but it does offer a wide range of facilities addressed to children, including a 6-11 pm nursery, where kids from 2 years up can play supervised by specialized staff. Younger kids need to be supervised by their parents. And if you want to have a formal dinner, your kids can enjoy the special supper/tea time, offered daily, while you enjoy your lobster. The activities addressed to kids are of great variety and they include arts and crafts, movies and scavenger hunts. The groups are separated on an age basis, so your kid will most probably make new friends while you enjoy a dance at the ballroom.

If you are ready to experience the Cunard luxurious World Cruises and take some time of  for yourself, then you have many different options, varying in cost and duration. Keep in mind that the cost includes accommodation, dinning in the main dinning room and room service. With Cunard lines, one can go from Southampton to Auckland in 44 days, stopping at Madeira, Antigua, Tortola, Half Moon Cay, Nassau, Fort Lauderdale, Bonaire, Aruba, Panama Canal, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Pago Pago, Apia and many more ports. In 72 days, Queen Mary 2 goes from Southampton to Adelaide, visiting Barcelona, Athens, Suez, Sokhna, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Port Kelang, Singapore, Ko Samui, Laem Chabang, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Shanghai, Yorkeys Knob, Brisbane, Sydney, Bay Of Islands, Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide among other ports.

Overall, Cunard aims at luxury and an old world charm that you would expect from the most luxurious liners in the world. They specialize in long haul journeys to far flung destinations, however short haul between Australian ports is also something available if you are looking for cruises leaving from Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne. Cruises Australia highly recommends taking a close look at Cunnard before making an other bookings.

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