The Cunard Line were forced to diversify their business in response to the Post-WW2 changes in shipbuilding. Also, the British Admiralty had a shortage of warships for the British navy, with many of the ships owned by the Royal Navy needing to be scrapped. The Cunard Line was tasked with providing more ships to the British Royal Navy, with the Cunard Queens becoming the mainstay of Britain’s ocean-going navy for the next fifty years.

Cunard is the owner of the world’s oldest surviving passenger steamship, the QE2, which has been cruising the world’s oceans since the 1930s. Each year, Cunard takes the QE2 on a new voyage along the world’s longest cruise routes, playing host to travelers from around the world. This year, 40 new itineraries have been added to the QE2’s already rich and extensive route network, and Cunard has also added new ports in Europe to the QE2’s route network.

Starting in October and ending on May 22, 2022, Cunard is providing a variety of “Grand Escape Voyages.”

The 40 new voyages vary in length from two to forty nights, while the flagship Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth, and Queen Victoria will visit 49 locations. Sales begin on July 21.

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“As we celebrate Cunard’s complete return to sailing, we are delighted to introduce our new ‘Grand Escape Voyages,” said Jamie Paiko, vice president of sales for Cunard North America.

The Queen Mary 2’s “Grand Escape Voyages” will visit 15 ports in 14 countries on 29 unique itineraries. Short cruises in Western Europe would be interspersed with transatlantic voyages, and the ship will also spend time in the Caribbean, sailing roundtrip from New York, Fort Lauderdale, Hamburg, or Southampton.

Barbados, St. Maarten, Dominica, St. Lucia, and St. Kitts are all on the Queen Mary 2’s 14-night Caribbean itinerary. The cheapest fare is $1,499.

Queen Elizabeth will spend the summer touring the British shoreline before traveling to the Iberian Coast for a series of cruises exploring Spain and the Atlantic Islands. The ship will thereafter make trips between London, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Dubai, including a Suez Canal transit and stops in Sri Lanka and Malaysia. The 32-night Southampton-to-Singapore journey begins at $5,599.

The Queen Victoria’s “Grand Escape Voyages” will begin in April 2022, marking the ship’s return to sailing with three new itineraries that combine two Western Europe short breaks with a 16-night Baltic excursion. The roundtrips from Southampton will stop in 11 different countries, including stops in Copenhagen, Helsinki, Tallinn, and Gdynia, as well as overnights in Amsterdam, Lisbon, and St Petersburg. The 16-night Baltic cruise starts at $3299 per person.

Guests who book a six- to 52-night “Grand Escape Voyage” by Sept. 30, 2021, will receive a “Cunard Double Upgrade” from inside to balcony cabins, a $600 onboard credit, service costs included, and a reduced deposit. Guests staying in the Grill Suite will also get complimentary beverages and internet access.

Cunard’s group program offers up to 10 amenity points, 5% off launch prices, double amenity value for Princess Grill and Queens Grill Suite reservations, tour conductor ratios as low as 1 for 14 for trips on this program release, and up to 5 percent off launch rates.

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