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Highlights of Cunards Summer 2020 Season

13th September 2018

Many cruise fans would say that Cunard offer the essence of cruising, being one of the oldest and most traditional lines in the business. With years of experience under their belt, Cunard has explored destinations all over the world, and yet they still manage to please guests by bringing in something new with every season. Read on to find out about the highlights of Cunard’s summer 2020 season.

 

 

 

Extra Time in Port

 

One common remark among cruisers all over is that they don’t have enough time to explore some of the ports they visit. Understanding this, Cunard has resolved to offer guests a longer time in a number of ports on various itineraries. In summer 2020 there will be:

  • More evening departures (the ship will leave port at 9 pm or after)
  • In cities including Hamburg, Juneau, Malaga, and Boston to name a few, guests will have more time to see everything they want to. Whether this be taking in an extra museum, heading to a local restaurant to sample the best food in town, or spending time in a bierkeller with a pilsner or two.

     

     

  • More two-day calls in port
  • Cunard will also be including more overnight stays in port; enabling guests to see a city over two days including some of the nightlife should they wish to. This will be the case for Barcelona, Reykjavik, Hong Kong, Amsterdam, St Petersburg, Singapore, and Quebec on some itineraries. This will mean guests can explore Hong Kong’s infamous Temple Street night market at ease, or take in an evening ballet or opera at the stunning Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg.

     

    More New York Round Trip Cruises

     

    New York is among the most popular cities to visit in the world and is home to many of the most recognisable landmarks. The city has long been an important port to Cunard; a cruise line known for their transatlantic crossings. In addition to these voyages, summer 2020 with Cunard will see more itineraries beginning and ending in New York, making it easier for cruisers to see more of the city. Simply add on a hotel stay at the start or end of your cruise, and have more time to see everything on your list.

     

     

     

    8 New Ports

     

    The upcoming season will also include no less than eight fabulous new ports for Cunard;

     

  • Ishigaki – a scenic Japanese island situated near to Taiwan
  • Jakarta – the vibrant Indonesian capital
  • Seward – an Alaskan haven of wildlife and forestry
  • Tokyo – Japan’s city of modernity and lights
  • Ringaskiddy – a pretty and historic Irish fishing village
  • Kushiro – a peaceful city found on Japan’s north island
  • Nordfjordeid – home to a magnificent glacier and authentic Viking history
  • Bornholm – this Danish island is both tranquil and rugged
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    Take a look at the range of summer 2020 Cunard cruises, and decide where you will discover in style next.


    10 Worldwide Events to See on a Cruise

    31st May 2018

    Why watch the big event you’ve been waiting for on the TV, when you might be able to get out on a cruise and see it? From sports tournaments to festivals, the world’s most popular events are more accessible than you think. Discover how you can combine your interest with your holiday, with our 10 worldwide events you can see on a cruise.

     

     

    1. World Cup

    The world cup is arguably the most highly-anticipated sports event of all, with patriots all over the world getting involved and excited whether they’re usually interested in football or not. This year the prestigious tournament will be held in Russia, and many cruise lines – including Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Azamara Cruises, and P&O Cruises - are including a stop in St Petersburg, so that passengers can take in a game or two.

    2. Cannes Film Festival

    This stunning, annual festival is watched by film fans and celebrity followers all over the world, whether it be for the unique productions or the fashion choices. Located on the Cote d’Azur, Cannes often features on European cruises, so if you’ve dreamt of seeing the event, why not consider a Mediterranean cruise in May?

    3. Grand Prix

    The exciting F1 calendar takes race competitors all over the world, and happily many of the locations can be reached on a cruise. Get in touch with our team about cruises to see the grand prix in Singapore, Japan, Abu Dhabi, Barcelona, and Monaco, and about the various cruise and stay F1 packages we offer.

     

     

    4. New Orleans Mardi Gras

    This world renowned festival in New Orleans dates back to 1699, when French explorers arrived to the area. Celebrations have thrived over the years, and the rhythm, colour, and flavours of the event have captured the attention of people all over the globe. There are a number of Caribbean cruises which include New Orleans in their itinerary, on which you can be a part of this springtime event.

    5. US Tennis Open

    Located in New York in August/September, the US Tennis Open is the last Grand Slam event of the season. Held in the Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre, tennis fans all over tune in to watch the world champions battle it out. Royal Caribbean often cruises in this region of North America, or why not consider adding a few days on to a grand Cunard transatlantic?

    6. NY Fashion Week

    In September every year fashionistas everywhere look to New York for new styles and inspiration. Instead of simply being glued to the media for a week, consider being a part of the action on one of Cunard’s unique Transatlantic Crossing Fashion Week cruises. Onboard events include catwalk shows, exhibitions, and specialist guest lecturers, and of course you can add a few days on to your trip to spend in New York itself.

     

     

    7. British Golf Open

    Golf cruises are a very popular choice when it comes to themed cruises, and the annual British Golf Open in particular is easy to experience as part of a holiday. Talk to our sales team about arranging a UK cruise in conjunction with the Open, which will include tickets to a round or two and possibly some special golf experiences onboard.

    8. Rio Carnival

    The mere mention of Brazil often generates visions of colourful feathers and samba music, thanks to the world-renowned Rio carnival. This 5-day party happens every year before Lent, and offers a fantastic excuse to eat, dance, and celebrate for anyone who needs one! See the carnival on a South American cruise which includes a stop in Rio de Janeiro.

    9. ICC Cricket World Cup

    Held at four year intervals since 1975, the ICC World Cup has been held in gorgeous locations including the Caribbean, Australia, and India. Those who enjoy the game can combine their interest with a cruise by simply timing their holiday with the tournament. It can also be possible for us to procure tickets to the games and add a few land days to your trip if necessary.

     

     

    10. Melbourne Horse Racing

    One of the most highly-esteemed horse races in the world, the historic Melbourne Cup has been captivating enthusiasts since 1861. Held in early November, cruise lines such as Carnival and P&O Cruises usually offer cruises that begin or end in either Sydney or Melbourne, and often include tickets to the races in with the package.


    Transatlantic Queen Mary 2 Style

    1st August 2011

    Updated July 2019

    Being a fan of shopping in New York, Simone Clark - Iglu's Head of Global Supply - decided to try a Transatlantic cruise as opposed to flying to this fantastic destination. Find out how she got on.

    I enjoyed my first Transatlantic crossing onboard Queen Mary 2, but before boarding I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Would I get bored? What was there to do? Would it be claustrophobic? On previous cruises, I've always preferred the port days over the sea days, so this was going to be a real test.

     

     

    No Airport

    I stayed in an extremely hot and humid New York City for five days of shopping, exploring, and sight seeing (I also got to see the Independence Day fireworks!) So it was superb to not have to waste a day transferring to the airport, then lugging cases around before flying overnight and coming back tired and jet lagged. Instead, I took a taxi from the hotel direct to Manhattan Pier in 55th street, and was in my cabin within the hour sipping on champagne! (Note: Usually the ship sails from Brooklyn but we sailed from Manhattan as a Princess Cruises ship was in port).

     

    independence day new york

     

    Spectacular Sail Away

    Queen Mary 2 felt like an oasis right next to the hubbub of the city. We sailed away in the sunshine at 5 o'clock after a relaxed lunch. I'll never forget it — the most spectacular sailaway ever. We passed the towering skyscrapers of midtown and lower Manhattan, Brooklyn and New Jersey on the other shores, and then right past the Statue of Liberty before squeezing under the low Verrazano bridge and out to sea. Then we were en route to Southampton, with no land to be seen for the duration of seven days.

     

    Queen Mary 2 in NY

     

    What to do

    There's so much to do on a Transatlantic cruise - there's something for everyone.

    For me it was a big learning exercise as I decided to attend all the lectures in the Illuminations Theatre, of which there were two or three every day! I became an expert in espionage and counter-surveillance, cracking the Enigma Code, Beatrix Potter, and the Solar System. I also found time to attend talks from the celebrity speaker and broadcaster Nicholas Owen — and attend two Planetarium shows*. Not only this, but I enjoyed two RADA productions - Hamlet and the Canterbury Tales - and then spent time in the gym and went jogging on the Promenade deck (3 laps = 1 mile). We had some glorious sunshine on a couple of days, so we relaxed on deck and on our private balcony. We also had a very enjoyable afternoon tea one day.

     

    Cunard's ballroom

     

    In addition to all this daytime entertainment, there are daily bridge classes and tournaments, dance classes, RADA workshops, computer classes, various gym classes and spa treatments for you to enjoy. I just didn't have the time to fit it all in! You could also spend time in the largest at-sea library, which not only has a fantastic selection of books, but is also decorated in a beautiful, warm, and lavish style. There is also an art gallery onboard, featuring some commanding pieces. Evenings are packed with 3D films in the cinema, live music, brilliant theatre productions, and of course traditional ballroom dancing in the Queen's room. There is also a night club style venue where you can dance the night away should you wish to.

    All in all I came back thoroughly relaxed, and couldn't believe how quickly the time had passed. I can honestly say that if I had the time, I would always travel Transatlantic this way. Slower definitely is better in this case.

    Take a look at Cunard's transatlantic cruises, and find out what adventures you could go on.

    *Lecture programming, speakers, and shows are subject to change.


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