Cunard Line Limited

Cunard Line Limited

May 26, 2005 05:09 ET

Cunard - The Most Famous Ocean Liners In The World In 2006

LONDON, ENGLAND--(CCNMatthews - May. 26, 2005) - Cunard's 2006 programme for the two most famous ocean liners in the world, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth 2, goes on sale on 4 June.

Highlights for 2006 include:

* 19 crossings between Southampton and New York on the world's only transatlantic liner and the launch of Queen Mary 2's New York Collection of packaged holidays. These include the six-day crossing, two-nights' hotel accommodation transfers and flight, with fares from GBP949 to GBP15,409 per person. Traditional air / sea fares are available from GBP799 to GBP14,249 per person.
* A new seven-night transatlantic voyage from Southampton to Fort Lauderdale on Queen Mary 2, with fares from GBP699 to GBP8,459 per person.
* The largest selection of short break voyages ever offered by Cunard with two on Queen Mary 2 and eight on QE2 of five nights or less. Fares begin at GBP129 per person for an overnight party in Southampton.
* An increased Cunard presence in the Mediterannean with four voyages on Queen Mary 2 and seven on QE2. Fares range from GBP1,499 to GBP18,999 per person for a 12-night voyage on Queen Mary 2 departing 20 July 2006.
* Queen Mary 2 cruises to Canada (fares from GBP1,799 to GBP19,479 for 12-nights) and the Caribbean (fares from GBP1,699 to GBP15,319 for 14-nights).
* Queen Mary 2's maiden 38-night South American circumnavigation with new lower fares from GBP4,999 to GBP44,519 from New York to Los Angeles.
* QE2 'Long Voyages' to Canada (20-nights with fares from GBP1,899 to GBP16,099 per person)) and a new 28-night voyage to Central America and the Caribbean (fares from GBP2,199 to GBP16,949 per person).

Cunard's 'Early Booking Savings' offer discounts of up to 50% for QE2 and 45% for Queen Mary 2 on bookings made before 31 August 2005.

Carol Marlow, Cunard's European Director, says:

"Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth 2 are the most famous ocean liners in the world. Next year we intend to increase the number of UK passengers on board with the huge variety of sailings on offer - ranging from short party voyages to a 38-day South American voyage. And, with our Early Booking offers of up to 45% on Queen Mary 2 and up to 50% on QE2, it has never been a better time to book a Cunard voyage".

PROGRAMME DETAIL

The two-ship Cunard fleet will meet in Southampton on 23 April and in Barcelona on 13 May. An option to sail out on one and sail home on the other after switching in Barcelona is a possibility. QE2 will make maiden calls at New Orleans, Elba, Zakinthos and Bilbao in 2006 and is guaranteed a grand reception at each of these ports.

Queen Mary 2

* 20 transatlantic crossings: The Atlantic is Cunard's birthright and Queen Mary 2 really does prove that 'getting there is half the fun'. 19 traditional crossings between Southampton and New York come with the added twist of being packaged in 2006. Fares range from GBP949 to GBP15,409 per person. The traditional six-day crossings with a return flight have fares from GBP799 to GBP14,249 per person. The new seven-day crossing to Fort Lauderdale departs Southampton on 11 November and has fares ranging from GBP699 to GBP8,459 per person and is ideal for those who want to escape the British winter for a break in Florida.

* European Voyages: Queen Mary 2 will offer six voyages in Europe in 2006 with fares from GBP1,499 to GBP18,999 per person for a 12-night voyage departing Southampton on 12 September and calling at ports such as Vigo, Barcelona, Cannes, Lisbon and Gibraltar. Queen Mary 2 will offer a four-night cruise from 4 July with fares ranging from GBP499 to GBP5,799 per person.

* 'Across the Pond' Voyages: The Cunard flagship will offer four voyages on the other side of the Atlantic in 2006 - two to Canada and two to the Caribbean. A 12-night 'Splendours of the Fall' voyage departs New York on 30 September and calls at Sydney, Newfoundland, Quebec, Halifax, Bar Harbour and Boston; fares from GBP1,799 to GBP19,479 per person. Her 18 November 14-night Caribbean cruise from Fort Lauderdale calls at St Thomas St Maarten and St Kitts and has fares ranging from GBP1,699 to GBP15,319 per person.


Queen Elizabeth 2

* An even more accessible QE2: Building on the success of QE2's short break voyages in 2005 Cunard has increased the number being offered in 2006 to eight meaning that the most famous ship in the world will be even more accessible than ever. An overnight party in Southampton on 28 July has fares from GBP129 to GBP569 per person while a five-night voyage starts from GBP549 to GBP2,579 per person.

* European highlights: The world's most loved ship offers her most varied and extensive ever European programme in 2006 with 13 round-trip cruises to and from Southampton: seven voyages to the Mediterranean, four to Northern Europe and two to the Atlantic Isles. QE2's 16-night Christmas Atlantic Isles voyage departs Southampton on 17 December and calls at Lisbon, Malaga, Gibraltar, Lanzarote, Las Palmas, Dakar, Tenerife, Agadir and Funchal; fares start from GBP1,999 to 13,359 per person

* 'Long Voyages': QE2 will offer a 20-night Canada voyage in 2006 (fares from GBP1,899 to GBP16,099) as well as a 28-night voyage to the Caribbean and Central America. The latter departs Southampton on 17 November and calls at Ponta Delgada, Fort Lauderdale, New Orleans, Cozumel, Limon, Cristobal, Willemstad, Grenada, Barbados and Madeira; fares start from GBP2,199 to GBP16,949 per person.

QE2's speed allows her to offer more ports of call in less time than any other ship and roundtrip voyaging from Southampton means no baggage restrictions and no waiting in airports.

Reservations can be made on 0845 071 0300.

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Notes to Editors

All fares quoted include Cunard's Early Booking Savings of up to 50% for bookings made before 31 August 2005.

Or visit the Cunard website: http://www.cunard.co.uk


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