Five new themed “special event sailings” have been scheduled by luxury ocean liner brand Cunard as part of its newly released 2018 cruise calendar, which will take place on voyages throughout Europe and during its iconic crossings of the Atlantic to New York City.
Taking place on individual sailings from June to November 2018, themes will not be exclusive to any one particular Cunard liner, with at least one scheduled for each of the brand’s three ships Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2.
Cunard’s new themed itineraries scheduled for 2018 include:
- Voyage Du Vin: A seven-night wine lovers cruise, setting sail on 01 June 2018 from Southampton onboard Queen Victoria. An onboard wine specialist (in addition to the existing complement of sommeliers) will host lectures and special tastings as guest cruise the Atlantic coast and visit ports in the UK, Spain and Portugal.
- Photographic Journey to the Land of the Midnight Sun: Queen Elizabeth will host this trip to the Norwegian Fjords, departing on 01 July. Wildlife & landscape photographer Ross Hoddinott will join the voyage, hosting seminars and providing hands-on expert tips to help passengers hone their photo skills as they cruise Norway and the Arctic Circle.
- Big Band Ball: A 13-piece Big Band will join Queen Elizabeth from 24-28 August for a number of concerts celebrating the music of Glen Miller, Duke Ellington and others, during a round-trip cruise between the UK and the Netherlands.
- Trans-Atlantic Fashion Week: Announced recently, Queen Mary 2 will host luminaries from the world of global fashion for a week-long crossing from the UK to New York City which will feature fashion shows and talks with some major names from the industry.
- A Journey of Genealogy: For family-tree fans, Cunard has partnered with Ancestry.com to allow guests on a 04 November 2018 Trans-Atlantic crossing to join others with similar passions for tracing their family history.
Season 2018 for Cunard will also see the line continue its tradition of pioneering new ports for the line, which this time around will include new destinations in the United States, Spain, Italy, Norway, Sweden, the UK, Ireland and many other European countries. Several ports discontinued by Cunard are returning to the schedule including Bilbao, Spain and Helsinki, Finland; while more ports will see ships in dock overnight or departing at 9pm or later.
In addition, Queen Victoria will spend three months from September to November sailing on itineraries of 7-21 days in all corners of the Mediterranean. The year will also provide 12 separate opportunities for travellers to sail round-trip from New York City, taking in two crossings of the Atlantic along with ports in the Caribbean, New England or Canada.
Cunard’s new 2018 season is now open for sale, with an Early Booking Benefit now in place consisting of a free drinks package and prepaid gratuities for guests reserving a Princess Grill or Queens Grill suite, or up to $250 in onboard credit for balcony stateroom reservations. The incentive applies to 2018 cruises booked and deposited by 30 June next year.