Cunard unveils UK and international cruise plans

Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth will begin sailing internationally again from October 13, after its season of UK summer cruises from Southampton.

The autumn itineraries will include the Iberian coast and the Canary Islands.

The ship will then leave the UK in mid-February next year to resume a previously scheduled season in Japan from April 13, 2022.

The cruise line has already announced that it will resume cruising domestically from July 19, with a series of UK voyages from Southampton on Queen Elizabeth.

Queen Mary 2 will resume sailing with a transatlantic crossing on November 14, as planned. The ship is now scheduled to sail on a series of voyages around the Caribbean between January and April 2022, with embarkation options from Southampton, New York and Hamburg before resuming the existing published schedule on April 24, 2022.

Queen Victoria will embark on three new voyages departing from Southampton from April 22, 2022, which includes Western Europe, the Baltics and the Iberian Coast before resuming the existing published schedule on May 20, 2022.

Simon Palethorpe, president of Cunard, said: “On July 19 Queen Elizabeth’s crew and I will be welcoming guests on board as at long last we start our return to sailing.

“This will be a momentous day for Cunard as after a long pause we finally get back to doing what we love doing, hosting guests for fantastic vacations. To say we cannot wait would be an understatement.”

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However, the cruise line has had to make further cancellations “due to the ongoing complexities of navigating global travel”. These include:

• Queen Elizabeth’s sailings from the UK to Australia and homeport season in Australia from October 18, 2021, to March 9, 2022.

• World voyages on Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria in 2022.

• Queen Victoria’s sailings from September 10, 2021, to April 29, 2022.

• Five of Queen Victoria’s sailings will transfer to identical voyages on sister ship Queen Elizabeth.

Palethorpe added: “Sadly, the path for a return to sailing across international waters is less clear and we are extremely sorry for the huge disappointment cancellations will cause for all guests who have been affected.

“Unfortunately, there are simply too many international ports of call affected by the ongoing complexities of Covid-19, which has sadly led to this decision.

“We’re really excited about the new itineraries mentioned, such as Queen Mary 2’s sailings around the Caribbean, and hopefully these will appeal to those looking for some much-needed winter sun and those looking for adventure later this year and in 2022.”

Passengers whose cruises have been cancelled will automatically receive a Future Cruise Credit worth 125% of the standard deposit terms, and 100% of any additional monies paid.

Alternatively, a 100% refund is available.

All the new itineraries mentioned will go on sale in July.

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