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Three free nights hotel stays in New York City are being offered by Cunard in a promotion to encourage bookings of Queen Mary 2 (QM2) transatlantic crossings.

The ‘New York on Us’ promotion applies to bookings made before December 14 for travel between May next year and May 2017.

All but two of the 21 crossings included in the offer depart after QM2’s upgrade next summer.

The promotion applies to 21 Atlantic crossings by the Cunard flagship, with prices starting at £1,449 per person in a balcony cabin based on a December 8, 2016 sailing.

Room only accommodation is offered at the Hilton DoubleTree, close to Central Park, Times Square and the Rockefeller Center, while Grills class passengers guests stay at the five-star Langham Place Hotel on Fifth Avenue.

Cunard marketing director, Angus Struthers, said: “A transatlantic crossing provides a rare and welcome opportunity to leave the everyday world behind, with a highlight of each voyage being the dramatic arrival in, or departure from, the world’s most exciting city,

“Our New York on Us offer means Queen Mary 2 guests choosing one of these participating voyages can enjoy the unique experience the city provides as a perfect way to start or end their Cunard voyage.”