Queen Elizabeth central atrium

Elegant ocean liners have, to some degree, been pushed a little into the shade by the rise of the monstrous super-ships which more accurately resemble cities on the ocean.

In the days before commercial aviation and particularly the no-frills airlines, sea travel was a prestigious way to see the world and one largely enjoyed by the aristocratic and well-heeled segment of society. Perhaps it was most famously represented by Rose DeWitt-Bukater – the character played by Kate Winslet in James Cameron’s iconic 1997 film Titanic.

One of the best known lines still delivering a style of cruising befitting the lifestyles of the rich, famous and well-connected today it the enduring and quintessentially British line Cunard – which last year celebrated its 175th birthday. It is a brand very much steering away from a mass market practice of discounting upon discounting in order to fill ships, and one still firmly entrenched with the UK Royal Family, with its entire fleet named after one of Britain’s iconic Queens, that being Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria and Queen Mary 2.

While Cunard still embodies this high-brow standard of cruising, it is still nothing if not in tune with the modern lifestyle demands of its passengers – particularly as it seeks to appeal to a younger demographic. As such, more so than ever before, it is finding itself including more shorter sailings in its annual schedule, which for travellers across the globe is opening up quite an opportunity to hop onboard a Cunard voyage somewhere in the world in order to sample that classic and elegant style of cruising reminiscent of bygone eras.

If you are keen to try Cunard’s higher standard of cruising but one of its longer voyages is a little out of your price range, here are some of the line’s upcoming shorter cruises. Being an international cruise line, most of them originate overseas however can prove a perfect way to fill a few days if you’re planning a trip in Europe, Asia or North America this year or next.

Pure luxury awaits on a Cunard voyage.
Be welcomed onboard Cunard by butlers, maids and housekeeping staff for a few days of pure luxury.


Cruise: Southampton to Belgium.

Ports of Call: St Peter Port (Guernsey), Belgium (Bruges).

Ship: Queen Victoria.

Duration: 05 June to 09 June 2016 (4 nights).

Price: Ocean View staterooms start from $1,199 per person.


Cruise: Hamburg to Southampton.

Ports of Call: Great Britain (Southampton).

Ship: Queen Mary 2.

Duration: 21 June to 23 June 2016 (2 nights).

Price: Balcony staterooms start from $509 per person.


Cruise: Round-trip from Southampton.

Ports of Call: Amsterdam, Zeebrugge (Brussels).

Ship: Queen Elizabeth.

Duration: 29 December 2016 to 03 January 2017 (5 nights).

Price: Balcony staterooms start from $1,329 per person.

Cunard regularly visits Hong Kong.
One of the Cunard Queens sits docked in Hong Kong Harbour.


Cruise: Hong Kong to Singapore

Ports of Call: Nha Trang, Phu My (Vietnam).

Ship: Queen Elizabeth.

Duration: 26 March to 31 March 2017 (5 nights).

Price: Interior staterooms start from $1,469 per person.


Departure Port: Osaka.

Ports of Call: Kagoshima, Shanghai.

Ship: Queen Elizabeth.

Duration: 22 March to 26 March 2018 (4 nights).

Price: Interior staterooms start from $1,239 per person.

Cunard guests see the Statue of Liberty at one end of every Trans-Atlantic voyage.
A Cunard Queen majestically sailing by New York City’s iconic Statue of Liberty.

North America

Cruise: Independence Day Celebration & Short Break (Round-trip from New York).

Ports of Call: Halifax, Boston, New York.

Ship: Queen Mary 2.

Duration: 01 July to 06 July 2017 (5 nights).

Price: Interior staterooms start from $1,199 per person.