A cruise with Cunard evokes imagery like no other, with a deep maritime history and reputation that cannot be matched to provide you with an ocean voyage not to be missed. Queen Mary 2 is the flagship of the fleet, launched in 2004 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II; she will offer you impeccable White Star Service in a traditional yet very contemporary environment. Based out of Southampton she is most famous for her traditional transatlantic voyages to New York. This is nautical history at its best on one of the most romanticised voyages at sea.
It’s time to immerse yourself in what it truly means to cruise. White Star Service can be seen throughout, with each member of the ship trained to provide you with impeccable service and a standard by which all others are judged. Queen Mary 2 provides you with some of the largest spaces at sea with high quality décor, mixed in with some exciting modern facilities all designed with you in mind. Sit back and relax and let Cunard look after you.
The Britannia Restaurant is the main dining room for guests on Queen Mary 2, providing you an exquisite menu with an impeccable level of service. The Britannia Restaurant offers you the choice to dine traditionally, with either an early or late seating as well as the more contemporary anytime dining to allow you the flexibility to dine at your leisure. For those guests residing in a Queen or Princess level stateroom reserved especially are the Princess Grill and Queens Grill Restaurants, presenting anytime dining with unsurpassed quality with your own personal butler - a truly distinguished and unforgettable experience.
When looking to dine outside the traditional options one of the favourite places on ship is the ships Golden like Pub. This is a traditional English country pub with a menu to match, offering the option of bangers and mash or fish and chips as well as other dishes it’s easy to see why this venue this venue is so popular. Todd English is Queen Mary 2's al-la-cart option. Open to all guests, this specially selected menu of the finest ingredients and delicate flavours in an intimate and contemporary environment. Be sure to try the signature dish of Pumpkin Purée Love Letters. Kings court is a more relaxed affair; this casual venue offers guests a multitude of dining options especially in the evening where several themed menus are on offer such as The Carvery and Chef's Galley.
Queen Mary 2 has a bar or lounge to suit all, if it’s a quiet after dinner cocktail, a refreshing afternoon drink or a celebratory glass of champagne then look no further. The Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar is a highlight for any voyage on Queen Mary 2, offering guests seven different Veuve Clicquot champagnes accompanied by luxury caviar, whatever the occasion; share and sip or toast and celebrate. Overlooking the bow of the ship is the Commodore Club where you can sit back and relax with your favourite tipple watching the sun as it sets over the horizon; why not try the Martini Mixology or Whisky Tasting classes on offer here. For that relaxing evening the Winter Garden is the place to be. Taking inspiration from London's Kew Gardens this is the lounge where you can sit back and enjoy your thoughts in peace or try a delicious cocktail whilst watching an art auction. Whatever your tastes Queen Mary 2 is sure to wow you time and time again.
Queen Mary 2 is a ship with entertainment aplenty, whilst still offering you a unique range of entertainment that is simply not found on a cruise elsewhere. What other cruise would you be invited to a Black and White Ball or a Buccaneer ball with a cocktail reception whilst in the warm atmosphere of the Queen Ballroom? Relax with some pre dinner drinks and aperitifs in the Chart Room where the seductive sounds of the Jazz band will be playing, or partake in some afternoon tea in the Queen Room with a string quartet in accompaniment. In the evening put on your best evening wear and head down to The Royal Court Theatre and take a seat and be prepared to be wowed by the quality of shows on board. For those looking for a more relaxed evening Illuminations is the place to be, showing an extensive collection of movies as well as being a full scale planetarium taking you on a journey across the stars.
Day 1: Southampton, UK
Arrive at Southampton, where you will board Cunard Queen Victoria and sail onwards to Madeira.
Day 3: Bergen, Norway
The charming port city of Bergen is framed by seven hills on Norway's south-west shore. Bergen’s bustling waterfront and narrow streets of colourful half-timbered houses combine with a proud musical and maritime heritage.
Ride the funicular railway up Mount Floyen for city views. Visit Troldhaugen Museum to see Edvard Grieg's musical heritage comes to life, or explore the artwork on display at KODE. The 900-year old Bryggen, a wharf that features museums and pubs, guides you through the city's sea-faring past, while locally-caught seafood can be found at Bergen Fish Market. Discover family fun at Bergen Science Centre and Bergen Aquarium, or explore the city's sights on a Segway tour.
Day 4: Alesund, Norway
Step ashore at the Norwegian port of Alesund. This fishing town is found spread across several islands and is generally considered Norway's most beautiful city. Renowned for its cultural festivals, Alesund was rebuilt in 1904 following a huge fire and now features stunning Art Nouveau architecture to explore. Walk up Mount Askla for spectacular views; see the time capsule and Viking ship replicas at Jugendstilsenteret and Sunnmore Museums; feed the fish at Atlanterhavsparken; and enjoy coffee and cake at a waterfront cafe. There are a variety of hiking, biking and kayaking excursions to enjoy here, as well as lively bars and top restaurants serving local and international dishes.
Day 5: Flam, Aurlandsfjorden and Sognefjord, Norway
Aurlandsfjord is a 17km branch of the world's second longest fjord - Sognefjord. This majestic stretch of water meanders from the town of Flam and ends at the Beitelen Mountain, encompassing dramatic landscapes and scenery en route. Take a ride on the scenic Flam Railway - one of the steepest railroads in the world - to the mountain village of Myrdal. Enjoy a thrilling trip along the river on an inflatable boat or paddle along the water at a more leisurely pace by kayak. Visit the cascading waters of the amazing 225m-high Kjosfossen waterfall. Before departing, explore the world of craft beer making at Aegir Micro Brewery in Flam.
Although small, Flam is Norway's fourth largest cruise port. This charming village is found in the Aurlandsfjord, which is the deepest and second-longest fjord in Europe. This diverse setting offers something for everyone, from vast meadows and picturesque farms to fragrant orchards and ancient churches. Cycle along Rallarvegen — the most popular cycling route in Norway — or hike through marked paths in the mountains. Ride the Flam Railway, which was named the best train journey in the world by Lonely Planet in 2014, and take in the spectacular mountain scenery. You can even pass deep ravines and cascading waters at the 225m-high Kjosfossen waterfall.
Step back aboard in the late afternoon before the ship sets sail towards the majestic Sognefjord. Sognefjord is the largest and best known fjord in Norway and the second longest in the world. It extends for 204km from the coast just north of Bergen to the mighty mountains of Jotunheimen National Park and the Jostedalsbreen National Park.
Day 6: Stavanger, Norway
Arrive at the port of Stavanger - gateway to the majestic Lysefjord. Meander through the cobbled streets lined with white-washed wooden houses and see artists at work in the old quarter. Visit the 12th-century Stavanger Cathedral and marvel at its vaulted ceiling and 13th-century Gothic chancel. Stop by the Norwegian Canning Museum to appreciate the town's heritage as the 'herring capital' of Norway.
Day 8: Southampton, UK
The cruise comes to an end in Southampton, where you disembark and make your way home.