Cunard reveals return of international sailings

Cunard is returning to international cruising with Queen Mary 2 resuming transatlantic crossings in November.

The line plans to visit more than 49 destinations with 40 new voyages on Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth in 2021-22.

Cunard has not been sailing since the shutdown of global cruises in March 2020 due to the pandemic.

The company has also had to delay the start of UK coastal cruises this summer by Queen Elizabeth due to a Covid outbreak affecting a small number of crew.

The new ‘Overseas Escapes’ will range from two to 40 night sailings with itineraries going on sale at 2pm on July 21.

Queen Mary 2 will also run new short breaks in western Europe followed by three winter sailings to the Caribbean with passengers able to join from Southampton, New York, Fort Lauderdale or Hamburg with overnight calls in Bridgetown and Barbados as well as visiting St Maarten and Dominica, St Lucia and St Kitts.

Queen Victoria returns to sailing in April, 2022 after a hiatus of two years with three new itineraries from Southampton, visiting 11 countries including calls in Copenhagen, Helsinki, Tallinn and Gdynia, together with overnights in Amsterdam, Lisbon and St Petersburg.

Queen Elizabeth will depart on a series of new sailings from Southampton to western Europe followed by the Iberian coast and the Atlantic Islands featuring overnight port stays in Lisbon and Funchal as well as late departures from Malaga.

The ship will depart for Asia in late February, sailing through the Suez Canal to Dubai, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan, where it will resume a scheduled programme in April.

Cunard president Simon Palethorpe said: “We are delighted to announce these new voyages which will mark the full fleet’s return to sailing.

“Our guests have patiently waited to sail on their favourite Cunard Queen and our 2021 and 2022 itineraries offer a variety of exciting holidays to suit all combined with the impeccable White Star Service on board that makes a Cunard voyage so memorable.

“And for an additional reason to book, guests can take advantage of complimentary upgrade to a balcony stateroom when they book an inside or outside stateroom on selected voyages.”

A seven-night westbound transatlantic crossing in February 2022 starts at £1,299 permperson based on two people sharing.

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