Cunard Line Launches 2019 Winter Program

Queen Elizabeth in port (Photo: Sergio Ferreira)

Cunard Line today announced its 2018-2019 winter program, through May 2019, calling the deployment its “Oceans of Discovery” cruise program which includes a cruise to Alaska.

According to Cunard, this will be the first time that the current fleet will have traveled to Alaska, and the first time that the cruise line will have ventured there in over 20 years.

From January to May 2019, the Queen Mary 2 and her sisters Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria will call at 49 different countries and 109 destinations. Of these, 21 are maiden calls and exciting new destinations include Boracay (Phillipines), Akita (Japan) and Goa (India).

Cunard will operate a full world cruise on Queen Victoria in 2019, while flagship Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth will carry out exotic voyages, the company said.

“Our Winter 2019 program debuts ‘Oceans of Discovery, by Cunard,'” said Josh Leibowitz, Senior Vice President, Cunard North America. “Across the fleet, Cunard’s Winter 2019 program covers the globe, including places that we have not visited for years. Our itineraries have been designed to offer enriching days in port as well as plenty of time on board for our guests to relax and enjoy all that our ships have to offer.”

In 2019, Queen Elizabeth offers a series of round trip voyages from international ports that offer deeper, richer and more regionally focused itineraries, the company said.

In between these home-port deployments will be exotic Grand Voyages. Included in Queen Elizabeth’s deployment is a maiden 27-night sailing from Yokohama to Vancouver during which Cunard will cruise in Alaskan waters for the first time in 20 years.

Following a period of Japan cruises, the Queen Elizabeth will cross the North Pacific and Gulf of Alaska en route to Vancouver. This voyage will take in northern Japan, as well as the remote and stunning Russian district of Sakhalin on the way to Alaska and British Columbia. She will undertake her first-ever Alaskan voyage.

The Queen Victoria will operate Cunard’s only true World Voyage in 2019 and will complete Westbound Circumnavigation via the Panama Canal.

The Queen Mary 2’s winter deployment consists of a program of cruises in the Mediterranean, Arabian Gulf, Indian Ocean and Far East. These voyages from one to three weeks in length but can be combined.

In addition to Cunard’s 2019 winter program launch, Cunard also announced additional Transatlantic Crossings, Short Breaks, and Caribbean & Atlantic Islands Voyages available on Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth.

These include a 14-night roundtrip New York voyage to the unparalleled paradise of the Caribbean in December 2018 and iconic 7-night Transatlantic Crossing voyages on flagship Queen Mary 2 in January and April 2019.

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