Cunard Line Limited

Cunard Line Limited

April 01, 2009 11:54 ET

Fastest Selling Voyage in Cunard History

Queen Elizabeth Maiden Voyage sells out faster than QE2 Final Voyage

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - April 1, 2009) - The October 2010 Maiden Voyage for Cunard's new ocean liner Queen Elizabeth, which was placed on worldwide sale to past guests at 1300 hours BST today, Wednesday 1 April, sold out in an amazing 29 minutes 14 seconds - easily making this the fastest selling voyage in Cunard's 170-year history. In fact this voyage sold out quicker, and involved more guests, than QE2's Final Voyage when it went on sale in June 2007 setting a record then of 36 minutes.

More than 50% of the remaining maiden season, comprising six voyages (October - December 2010) was sold within 1 1/2 hours.

Carol Marlow, Cunard President and Managing Director, says:

"This is an impressive record set by what will be an impressive ship and speaks volumes for the Cunard brand as well as for the resilience of the cruise sector as a whole in these challenging times. It has also been very encouraging to see the level of interest in Queen Elizabeth coming from all our international markets with bookings from the UK, US and Germany particularly strong. I urge our travel partners and those guests who have not yet booked to move fast in order to secure their place in history on Queen Elizabeth during her maiden season".

Already the youngest fleet in the industry, Cunard's famous state-of-the-art award-winning vessels, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria will be, joined by Queen Elizabeth and all three will take Cunard's 170 years of history, heritage, impeccable service and tradition far into the 21st Century. This is a legacy recognized by Cunard guests, with up to 97% saying they will recommend Cunard to a friend and 98% saying they will return.

NOTES TO EDITORS

Queen Elizabeth will feature the unique Cunard traditions linking her with her sisters Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria, and their predecessors, along with some exciting features that will give the vessel her own style and personality, plus all the modern day luxuries Cunard's guests have come to expect.

Named after the first Queen Elizabeth, one of Cunard's greatest ships, the new Queen Elizabeth will reference her predecessor in interior grandeur, decor and style, but with a modern twist. From the outside, her distinctive black and red livery will hint at an experience that differentiates a Cunard liner from a modern-day cruise ship. This will be most evident in the ship's adherence to liner traditions, with elegant double and triple height public rooms on a grand scale, luxuriously endowed with rich wood panelling, intricate mosaics, gleaming chandeliers, and cool marbles. Art Deco features will pay homage to the original Queen Elizabeth, and will allow the new ship to reflect a more civilized era of travel.

As successor to Queen Elizabeth 2, the ship will also reflect this great liner through artworks and memorabilia, and its very own 'Yacht Club'.

Queen Elizabeth will depart on her now sold out Maiden Voyage to the Atlantic Isles on 12 October 2010. This 13-night voyage will leave from the company's home port, Southampton, and will call at Vigo, Lisbon, Cadiz, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Palma and Madeira. Fares ranged from Pounds Sterling 1,489 for a D8 grade inside stateroom to Pounds Sterling 15,799 per person for a Q1 grade Grand Suite.

Next Queen Elizabeth will make her first foray to the Med with her 'Mediterranean Premiere' voyage which departs on 25 October for 14-nights. Ports of call include Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Livorno (for Florence or Pisa), Civitavecchia (for Rome), Naples, Cartagena and Gibraltar. Fares will range from Pounds Sterling 1,299 for a D8 grade inside stateroom to Pounds Sterling 13,749 per person for a Q1 grade Grand Suite.

'Aegean Introduction' departs on 8 November and is a 19-night voyage calling at Malaga, Valletta, Venice, Dubrovnik, Kusadasi, Piraeus, Alicante and Gibraltar. Fares will range from Pounds Sterling 1,599 for a D8 grade inside stateroom to Pounds Sterling 16,719 per person for a Q1 grade Grand Suite.

The 'Gallic Debut' voyage is a five-night short break perfect for those wanting a short voyage while experiencing the world's newest ocean liner. Departing Southampton on 26 November the voyage features an overnight call in Amsterdam and full days in Zeebrugge (for Bruges) and Le Havre (for Paris). Fares will range from Pounds Sterling 599 for a D8 grade inside stateroom to Pounds Sterling 5,199 per person for a Q1 grade Grand Suite.

Queen Elizabeth undertakes a second voyage to Iberia and the Canaries between 1 and 14 December before heading to the Caribbean for her first Christmas. This 22-night 'A Caribbean Welcome' calls at Funchal, Tortola, St Lucia, Grenada, Barbados, Antigua and the Azores. Christmas Day, New Years Eve and Day are spent at sea. Fares will range from Pounds Sterling 2,999 for a D8 grade inside stateroom to Pounds Sterling 24,999 per person for a Q1 grade Grand Suite.

To find out more, or make a reservation, guests should contact their local travel agent, or call Cunard on 0845 071 0300.

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