Queen Elizabeth will kick off Cunard’s 2019 and 2020 seasons as she returns to Alaska (Image: Cunard)
UK-based cruise line Cunard is returning to Alaska this year. The recently refurbished Queen Elizabeth will kick off her inaugural season, offering guests 10-, 11- and 12-day round trip voyages from Vancouver, Canada.
To celebrate the ship’s inaugural season, Cunard invited dignitaries from the Port of Vancouver onboard the ship for a plaque exchange ceremony, welcoming the ship to the city.
Cunard’s 2019 programme runs from May to June, but due to popular demand, the line has doubled its 2020 programme, offering a full season from June to September. On these voyages, Queen Elizabeth will visit Glacier Bay and Hubbard Glacier and spend full days in the ports of Ketchikan, Victoria, Juneau, Skagway and others.
Guests will be able to learn about Alaskan history with Cultured Heritage Guides on each sailing. They can also use the ship’s new spa ‘Mareel Wellness & Beauty’ after its refit at the end of 2018.
“We are thrilled to launch our inaugural Alaska season in Vancouver,” said Simon Palethorpe, president of Cunard. “Alaska is one of the world’s most inspiring destinations, and our guests now have the opportunity to sail into this spectacular region while enjoying the luxury and style of a Cunard ship. With Glacier Bay added to our 2020 Alaska itineraries, our guests will have an even more dramatic front-row seat from which to witness the immense beauty of the region.”
Cunard passengers can also take advantage of the line’s partnership with Rocky Mountaineer with pre- and post-cruise tours on the famous railroad visiting sites such as the Continental Divide, Kicking Horse Canyon, Spiral Tunnels and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon.
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