Cunard Line Limited

Cunard Line Limited

March 31, 2009 08:21 ET

Cunard Announces Expanded Worldwide Itineraries

Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria programme for 2010 / 2011 following on from the release of Queen Elizabeth's maiden season

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - March 31, 2009) -

- Expanded three-ship fleet, the youngest in the industry, offering a wider range of worldwide itineraries.

- Queen Elizabeth Maiden Season - as previously announced. On sale 2 April 2009.

- Queen Mary 2 Transatlantic Crossings and expanded European season - on sale 17 April 2009.

- Queen Victoria 2010 ex UK and Med based itineraries - on sale 17 April 2009.

- Queen Victoria 2011 US West Coast and Hawaii Deployment - on sale 17 April 2009.

The expansion of the Cunard fleet in 2010 allows the company to offer a wider range of worldwide itineraries with Queen Elizabeth's maiden season (as previously announced and on sale from 2 April 2009) and today's release of the 2010 / 2011 programme for Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria which goes on sale at 0830 hours BST on 17 April 2009. Bookings can be made through travel agents or by calling Cunard on 0845 071 0300.

Already the youngest fleet in the industry, these famous state-of-the-art award-winning vessels will take Cunard's 170 years of history, heritage, impeccable service and tradition far into the 21st Century - a legacy recognized by Cunard guests, with up to 97% saying they will recommend Cunard to a friend and 98% saying they will return.

The grandest ocean liner in the world, Queen Mary 2, will continue her reign on the Atlantic offering a variety of six- and seven- night crossings. This is in response to feedback from our regular guests and enquirers in specially commissioned research, which noted that some guests would like to stay longer on board than our traditional six night voyages allow. Queen Mary 2 will also offer more voyages ex Southampton to Northern Europe and the Mediterranean than ever before (seven) as well as one-way Canada voyages. Cunard's magnificent flagship will spend early winter in her second home of New York for a series of Caribbean voyages.

Cunard's stylish Queen Victoria will offer an exciting range of 15 ex-Southampton voyages, with an emphasis on popular Northern European destinations; eight 'fly-Med' voyages and an exciting new exotics programme in 2011 to the Panama Canal, Hawaii and the Caribbean.

Carol Marlow, Cunard's President and Managing Director, says:

"2010 will see Cunard again operating three Queens as Queen Elizabeth joins her sister ship Queen Victoria and our flagship, Queen Mary 2. Also, exactly 170 years since Cunard's first ship set sail, the company will once more have the youngest fleet in the industry, as the Queens define a New Golden Age of Ocean Liner Travel.

BACKGROUND NOTES FOR EDITORS

Queen Mary 2 Highlights

Historic Transatlantic Crossings

- 21 Atlantic crossings (ten six-night and 11 seven-night) between Southampton and New York.

- A wider range of new combination packages including the Rockies with a Rocky Mountaineer and Capitals Tour, and new two-centre options which combine a stay in New York with one in Barbados, Disneyworld, Miami or a deluxe option in Las Vegas.

- Fares for the six-day crossings begin at Pounds Sterling 999 per person, including the air fare in the opposite direction, with the seven-day crossings from Pounds Sterling 1099 per person.

Mediterranean and Northern Europe

- Seven voyages comprise Queen Mary 2's biggest-ever ex-Southampton deployment taking in Northern Europe, the Fjords, North Cape and the Western Mediterranean

- Fares from Pounds Sterling 499 per person.

Canada and New England

- A selection of voyages along the coast which can be combined with crossings to and from Southampton.

- Fares from Pounds Sterling 1,149 per person.

The Caribbean

- Four 11- and 15-night Caribbean voyages to and from New York.

- Fares from Pounds Sterling 1,399 per person.

Queen Victoria Highlights

Ex-Southampton

- 15 departures from Southampton will focus primarily on the Fjords and Baltic.

- Fares from Pounds Sterling 649 per person.

Inaugural 'Round Britain'

- Maiden and historic calls will be made Cobh, Dublin, Liverpool, Belfast and Greenock.

- Fares from Pounds Sterling 1,249

'Fly-Voyages'

- Venice, Civitavecchia (for Rome) and Barcelona will host Queen Victoria's departures.

- Fares from Pounds Sterling 899 per person.

2011 Exotics Programme

- An exciting new programme of voyages taking in Hawaii, the Panama Canal and the Caribbean from Los Angeles.

- The Hawaii voyages have fares from Pounds Sterling 1,929 per person.

New Fare Structure

Fares shown in our brochure are per person in Pounds Sterling sterling, based upon double occupancy and subject to availability. For the first time we are showing 'fares from' for each category of stateroom and suite. They may therefore rise during the life of the brochure.

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