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: UK to Tokyo
Fly from your selected UK airport to Tokyo and make your way to the port to embark on board Cunard Queen Elizabeth.
Day 3: Hakodate, Japan
Hakodate is one of the main cities on Japan's northernmost island, Hokkaido. Admire the 334m-high Mount Hakodate that looms over the town; ride the aerial ropeway gondola to the mountain's summit for Michelin-starred views of the nightscape. At its base is Motomachi, a neighbourhood of steep streets with Western-style, early-20th-century buildings. Pay a visit the grand Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward which was built in 1910. Stop by Hakodate Asaichi morning market to taste the Kaisendon local delicacy – a bowl of white rice topped with fresh seafood. Hop on the city tram to see the unique star-shaped Fort Goyokaku or take a train ride to Yunokawa Onsen hot spring resort to soak in the therapeutic waters.
Day 4: Otaru, Japan
Otaru is a port city in Japan, northwest of Sapporo on Ishikari Bay. The city is renowned for its glassworks, music boxes, and sake distilleries. Completed in 1923, the Otaru Canal is lined with cafes and shops and is the perfect stroll to discover Otaru and all its glory. Otaru Music Box Museum is the place to enjoy world music in a nostalgic atmosphere, or visit Otaru Aquarium for an insight into a range of unique sea life species. For a panoramic view of the city, Otaru Tenguyama Ropeway will take you up high for a chance to get a flavour of the picturesque scenery. Enjoy a look into the famous Japanese glassware at Otaru Taishou Glass Palace, which is brimming with handmade figurines and vases to be admired. Sample some traditional Japanese whisky at Yoichi Distillery and bag yourself a bottle to bring home.
Day 6: Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk is a historic city on Sakhalin Island, in eastern Russia. At the end of the Russo-Japanese War, the southern half of the island was awarded to Japan. Therefore the Sakhalin Regional Museum exhibits the relationship between the two countries with fossils and archaeological artefacts, and is popular for visitors. The perfect picnic spots and walking trails lie in the Park of Culture and Rest, at the heart of a relaxed neighbourhood. Those who appreciate stunning landscapes will enjoy Pik Chekhova, or the Cathedral of the Nativity is an ideal stop for capturing memorable photos. Revel in the sound of water rushing as you stroll to discover the iconic Uyunovsky Waterfall and immerse yourself in a peaceful walk through the green forests. Gorny Vozdukh is an alpine destination with a mountaintop cafe, cable car, and skiing trails for tourists with a love for snow sports.
Day 12: Kodiak, USA
Kodiak is one of Alaska’s major fishing hubs and is often referred to as the ‘emerald isle’ due to its crystal blue waters. It encompasses the city centre and a handful of villages, as well as a base for the US Coast Guard. Take a stroll around Fort Abercrombie State Park; the beautiful landscape offers scenic views of rolling hills and crystal blue water. Visit the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge and gaze in awe at the hanging whale skeleton on display or experience Kodiak’s wildlife up close with Kodiak Island Van Tours.
Day 13: Anchorage, USA
Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage, has a metropolitan feel in the middle of the wilderness and is known for its cultural sites, including the Alaska Native Heritage Center, which displays traditional crafts and stages dances. Enjoy the Wildride Sled Dog Rodeo, or hike through the beautiful Chugach Mountains. Visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center and explore the cultures of the eleven indigenous groups. Discover the walking and biking trails of Anchorage’s shoreline and enjoy the panoramic mountain views.
Day 15: Hubbard Glacier
Hubbard Glacier is the largest and most active tidewater glacier in North America. Spanning 76 miles and 1,200 feet in depth in pristine Disenchantment Bay, the glacier dwarfs the cruise ships that pass it and regularly calves mini glaciers the size of ten-storey buildings! The surrounding area is a haven for wildlife — from whales, otters and harbour seals in the water to moose, brown bears, and black-tailed deer on the shoreline.
Day 16: Juneau, USA
Juneau is the state capital of Alaska, and it is not hard for guests to see why people would want to settle here. Juneau is one of the natural beauty hotspots of the world. Take a trip to Mendenhall Glacier, one of the most awe-inspiring in the area, and yet accessible in the area. Being over half a mile wide and 2000 feet deep, this is a sight you will surely not want to miss.
Day 17: Tracy Arm Fjord
Tracy Arm Fjord is one of the most spectacular and breathtaking sights on your Alaskan voyage. A mix incomparable views of towering glaciers, picturesque mountain tops and unique wildlife it is an area that will leave you inspired by natures true beauty. Your cruise ship does not dock at Tracy Arm Fjord but instead you are invited onto the decks, as your captain steers you as close as possible through this natural wonder.
Day 19: Inside Passage, North America
The Inside Passage winds its way through the network of islands on North America's Pacific Coast. Heading from northern Vancouver Island to Skagway, you encounter a magnificent collection of fjords, glaciers and temperate rainforests. From Misty Fjords National Monument to Glacier Bay National Park, cruising these waters lets you see some of the state's iconic wildlife — such as orcas, sea lions, bald eagles, and humpback whales. With a selection of historic ports to visit along the way, Alaska's Inside Passage is one of the most iconic cruising routes in the world.
Day 20: Vancouver to UK
Make your way to the airport for your flight back to the UK.