Take a voyage with Cunard Line and you’ll discover a world where top-class service, luxurious surroundings, and awe-inspiring facilities are synonymous with its reputation, proudly built up over its 175 year history. A place where all your senses are satisfied in glorious style - whether it’s top to toe pampering in the spa and experiencing new destinations ashore by day, or savouring gourmet cuisine and the best entertainment at sea each evening.
Queen Elizabeth is the newest addition to the Cunard fleet and the third ship to bear the name. She was launched by her namesake, Her Majesty The Queen, in late 2010. Sporting the same black and white livery of her predecessors, on board she combines Cunard’s elegant styling of wooden balustrades, marble floors and sumptuous furnishings, with all the contemporary and innovative touches of the modern era. Amongst her impressive features are a three deck high Grand Lobby, complete with its 18-foot tall David Linley marquetry panel of the original Queen Elizabeth, a Cunardia museum charting the cruise line’s history, and an onboard library with over 6000 books.
Queen Elizabeth starts the year with her three month Round the World voyage, taking in exotic destinations such as the Far East, India and Africa. Southampton is her home port year-round, with her voyages ranging from short break cruises to 7 to 17 night cruises around the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and the Canary Islands.
The Britannia Restaurant is the main dining venue for guests on Queen Elizabeth, famous for its gourmet cuisine and high levels of service. The restaurant offers a choice of traditional style dining, with either an early or late sitting, along with the option of flexible any-time dining. Guests staying in the Queen Grill level staterooms enjoy their own reserved table in the Queen Grill each evening; while Princess Grill stateroom guests can opt for any time dining in the Princess Grill from 6.30pm to 9.00pm. The Lido offers casual buffet style dining throughout the daytime, and in the evening partly transforms into one of three select dining venues - there’s Mexican cuisine in Aztec, Asian inspired fare in Jasmine, or South American grilled dishes in Asada. The Verandah restaurant presents an acclaimed sampler menu and a host of French style culinary treats.
From your morning cappuccino and afternoon tea to champagne and cocktails in the evening, you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to bars and lounges onboard Queen Elizabeth. The Queen's Room harks back to a bygone era, with its traditional afternoon tea of cucumber sandwiches, scones and freshly brewed tea, served by white gloved waiters; to the setting for elegant balls and dancing in the evening. The Garden Lounge is inspired by Kew Gardens and the perfect spot to chill with an al fresco coffee and a book. The Grand Lobby is home to Cafe Corinthia and its selection of refreshing teas, freshly brewed coffees and tempting sweet treats. The Commodore Club overlooks the bow of the ship and the perfect spot to sit back and admire the view whilst sipping a cocktail. Overlooking the Grand Lobby, the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar is luxury personified; offering up a menu of seven Veuve Clicquot champagnes in stylish surroundings. By contrast, The Golden Lion is an authentic British pub combining a traditional pub lunch menu and ice cold beers and ciders with a convivial atmosphere. Whatever your tastes, Queen Elizabeth is sure to amaze you time and time again.
The evening entertainment on Queen Elizabeth brings your day to close in style whatever your taste. The three-deck high Royal Court Theatre hosts an entertaining blend of production shows, musical extravaganzas and film shows. The Garden Lounge offers live music and occasional Supper Clubs under the stars. The Commodore Club presents piano music and singers to entertain each evening, along with stunning sunsets as a backdrop. The Golden Lion brings together Karaoke, pub quizzes and big screen sporting events in a casual setting. The Yacht Club features a unique compass-style dance floor for onboard revellers looking to party into the small hours.
Day 1: Southampton, UK
Arrive in Southampton and embark on board Queen Elizabeth.
Day 4: Stornoway, Scotland
The ports town of Stornoway sits proudly on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. Step ashore and pay a visit to 18th-century Lews Castle baronial mansion and the adjoining Lews Castle Museum and Archive. Stop by the art gallery, shops, and cafe-bar at An Lanntair Arts Centre. Watch wool-spinning and weaving demonstrations and explore the history of the famous Harris Tweed at Lewis Loom Centre. Venture out to the west coast of the isle to view the famous Standing Stones of Callanish.
Day 6: Akureyri, Iceland
Just a stone's throw from the Arctic Circle, Akureyri boasts some of the best summer weather in Iceland. This diverse town in north-east Iceland sits at the foot of snow-topped mountains soaring 1,500ft and is the second largest urban area in the country. This resort flourishes in the warmer months with its picturesque parkland and Botanical Garden presenting beautiful plant life. Winter brings vibrant festivals and some of Iceland's most popular ski destinations making it an ideal year-round port of call.
Stroll through 'Arts Alley' in the centre of town for a taste of the local culture or join a whale-watching tour and admire the rare humpback and sei whales.
Day 7: Isafjordur, Iceland
Isafjordur is the largest town in the Westfjords peninsula with a natural harbour dating back more than 250 years. Accommodating large cruise ships in its two quay port, cruise passengers can enjoy varied experiences and picturesque views when disembarking. Between five quaint villages, the town sits on a narrow sandspit in one of Iceland's deepest fjords. Now one of the country's main fishing and trading centres, it's home to a great range of cosy cafes and bakeries as well as family-run restaurants serving fresh, locally-caught seafood.
Wander from the cruise port and discover history and culture at Maritime Museum, or sail across to Vigur — 'The Paradise Island' which is home to thousands of bird species including puffins and Arctic terns.
Day 8 - 9: Reykjavik, Iceland
Reykjavik — the world's most northern capital — is Iceland's cultural hub. Sundahöfn is a modern harbour just minutes from the city centre that welcomes large ships from around the world, while smaller ships dock in the Old Harbour at the heart of town. Famous for its vibrant nightlife and vast array of cafes, bars and restaurants this diverse setting also boasts natural beauty in the unspoilt countryside.
Away from the bustling centre, discover a small piece of paradise at the Nauthólsvík geothermal beach. Golden sand meets a fusion of cold sea and hot geothermal water, which produces warmer temperatures perfect for swimming. Visit in winter and catch a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis - The Northern Lights.
Day 12: Glasgow, Scotland
Arrive in Greenock - gateway to the vibrant city of Glasgow. Set on the River Clyde in the western Lowlands, Glasgow was voted the world's friendliest city. Hop on a City Sightseeing bus to take a whistle-stop tour of the city's famous attractions. Charles Rennie Mackintosh fans will love The Willow Tea Room, The Lighthouse, House of an Art Lover and the Glasgow School of Art. Pay a visit to Glasgow Science Museum or step aboard the Tall Ship: SV Glenlee on the waterfront. No visit to Scotland would be complete without sampling the region's 'water of life' - Scotch whisky - with a tour of Glengoyne Distillery. There's also family fun at Loch Lomond Aquarium and Snow Factor on the outskirts of the city.
Day 13: Dublin, Ireland
Experience the vibrant culture and famous Irish 'craic' in the Republic of Ireland’s capital city — Dublin. Pay a visit to the country's largest church - St Patrick's Cathedral - as well as Dublin Castle, National Museum of Ireland, and Irish Museum of Modern Art. Explore the gardens and elegant squares of Trinity College and sample a glass of the country's favourite drink on a tour of Guinness Storehouse at St James's Gate Brewery. Wander the famous streets of the Temple Bar district and enjoy delicious food, live music and traditional ales.
Day 15: Southampton, England, UK
Disembark in Southampton and make your way home.