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 - Hong Kong, China
Fly from your selected UK airport to Hong Kong and be transferred to the port where you will embark on board Queen Elizabeth.
Day 3: Manila, Philippines
Step ashore today at Manila, the capital of the Philippines and the most densely-populated city in the world. Combining Spanish colonial architecture with towering modern skyscrapers and air-conditioned shopping centres, this place boasts a fascinating heritage, vibrant nightlife, and mouth-watering local cuisine. Pay a visit to the Intramuros in the heart of Old Manila; this walled city harks back to colonial times and is home to ancient Fort Santiago and San Agustin Church. Explore local culture at Metropolitan Museum of Manila and the National Museum of the Filipino People or admire the vast collection of Imelda Marcos' shoes at Marikina Shoe Museum. Get up close to the marine life at Manila Ocean Park or enjoy the rides and attractions at Star City amusement park.
Day 5: Hualien ,Taiwan
Hualien is a city on the east coast of Taiwan. Visit the central Pine Garden cultural centre or see the contemporary and traditional stone carvings on display at Hualien County Stone Sculpture Museum. Admire the Chingszu Temple, Temple to the Lords of the Three Mountains, and Tungching Temple. Escape to the tranquil surrounds of Tzu Chi Cultural Park with its statues, meditation hall, and wide green spaces. Take a boat trip and go in search of indigenous whale and dolphins. No visit here would be complete without experiencing the popular night market at Nanbin Park on the Pacific Ocean coast. Many visitors to Hualien choose to venture further afield to see the impressive Taroko Gorge at the heart of the Toroko National Park.
Day 6: Keelung, Taiwan
With towering sky scrappers and an appeal that will be more familiar than you think, Keelung is a modern city that almost feels as though it was raised by The West. Walking round here you will find clear influences from the occupied past, with Dutch, Spanish and Japanese culture clear to see, as well as an influx of Americanisation from fast food restaurants to an array of familiar brands merging into a global city of the east.
Day 7: Ishigaki, Japan
Ishigaki is a city on Japan's Ishigaki Island and gives you access to great beaches and coral reefs. This is Japan's southernmost city and is the only urban centre of the Yaeyama Island, as well as being home to the region's major airport and ferry terminal. No trip here is complete without a visit to the white sands of Kabira Bay to snorkel and scuba dive in the vivid blue waters. Banna Park is one for all the family; kids can enjoy the playground and slides and there is an egg-shaped tower ideal for bird watching. See vast water vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, visit the beautiful lighthouse at Port of Ishigaki, and hike up the famous Mount Omoto. Rest on the shores of Yonehara Beach or try out some invigorating water sports.
Day 8: Okinawa, Japan
This subtropical paradise, offers some of the clearest waters and white sandy beaches in Japan, why not lie back and enjoy to the sun or take part in the huge array of watersports on offer, including scuba diving through the pristine coral reefs. This islands are also home the Shurijo-koen, the palace of the Okinawan royal family, beautifully reconstructed to its former glory and splendour, a must see for all.
Day 10: Hiroshima, Japan
Hiroshima is a modern city on Japan's Honshu Island. The city was largely destroyed by an atomic bomb on 6 August 1945 during World War II; an event that is commemorated at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Memorial Cathedral of World Peace, and also Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. You can also stop by the ruins of Genbaku Dome (A-Bomb Dome), one of the few buildings left standing after the bomb attack. Take in the amazing collection of artworks at Hiroshima Museum of Art and view the old trams and streetcars at Hiroshima City Transportation Museum. Get up close to over 170 species of animals from around the world at Hiroshima City Asa Zoological Park. Pay a visit to the formal Japanese gardens at Shukkei-en, Hiroshima Castle, the Mitaki-dera and Fudoin Temples, and the Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima (Shrine Island).
Day 12: Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo port is situated in the heart of the Tokyo metropolis. This striking city is home to Japan's politics, economy, and culture. The waterfront where you'll dock is just a short distance from where you can jump on the bullet train, which serves as a great way of travelling around Japan. The Japanese take shopping seriously, and Tokyo has some of the best shopping districts to explore. For some peace and quiet, visit Hamarikyu Gardens; a large attractive landscape garden.
Day 14: Kobe, Japan
Kobe is a bright and contemporary city. At Meriken Park on the waterfront you can see modern art installations and fountains. Kbe is also home to iconic architecture such as the red Kobe Port Tower and the Kobe Maritime Museum. Take in the sights from the fifth floor of the Port Tower. Venture further into the city centre to see Sorakuen, a traditional Japanese landscape garden. Tuck into some Kobe beef, a tender and flavoursome meat typically served as steak. Visit Kitano-Cho and see the Gothic Victorian stone houses built above the old city, a much-visited neighbourhood on the northern edge of the city.
Day 15: Kochi, Japan
Kochi is a Japanese prefecture located on Shikoki Island known for its mountains, rivers, and Pacific beaches. Pay a visit to one of Japan's best preserved feudal castles of the 1600s, Kochi-jo. Beside the castle, find Hirome Market brimming with local cuisine, unique souvenirs, and clothing boutiques. Every year, the famous Yosakoi Festival attracts hundreds with its dancers, colourful costumes, and spectacular fireworks display. The 4km limestone Ryuga Cave took 175 million years to form and is one of Japan' most historical sites. A leisurely stroll around Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden is the perfect escape. Chikurin-ji is a Shington temple founded in the early eighth century; ideal for a flavour of traditional Japanese architecture and culture.
Day 16: Kagoshima, Japan
Kagoshima is a charming seaside city on Japan's Kyushu Island, best known for the active volcano Sakurajima that faces Kinko Bay. At the base, Nagisa Lava Trail winds through lava fields filled with boulders. The stunning Japanese gardens and former residence of a feudal lord, Sengan-en, offers guided tours and mesmerising volcano views. For a flavour of the city's history, Kagoshima Castle is a must-see or head to Museum of the Meiji Restoration to experience sound, light, and robots as they present a three-dimensional portrayal of the Meiji Restoration. Marvel at views of the spectacular Mount Shiroyama or dolphin-watch and visit the family-fun parks at the iconic Kagoshima Bay.
Day 18: Busan, South Korea
The South Korean city of Busan is famous for its mountains, temples, and beaches. Visit bustling Haeundae Beach, home to the Sea Life Aquarium and Folk Square, or relax in a bar at Gwangalli Beach and enjoy the views of the modern Diamond Bridge. Dine on the freshest seafood fare at a seafood eatery at Jagalchi Fish Market. Immerse yourself in Busan culture and take in the panoramic vistas from the water-side Haedong Yonggungsa Temple. Shop til you drop at the gigantic Shinsegae Centum City or catch a glimpse of the crashing waves below through the glass bridge at Oryukdo Skywalk. Follow the scenic hiking trails to Geumjeong Mountain to admire the Beomeosa Temple, a Buddhist shrine that dates back to 678 AD.
Day 19: Nagasaki, Japan
The Japanese city of Nagasaki sits on the northwest island of Kyushu. The city's buildings are spread across hillside terraces overlooking a natural harbour. Nagasaki is most famous for suffering an Allied nuclear attack in August 1945 during World War II, an event which is commemorated in the city's Atomic Bomb Museum and Peace Park. Take a boat trip over to Gunkanjima Island, once home to the area's thriving coal mining community that was abandoned in the 1970's. Escape to the tranquil surroundings of Glover Garden and view Glover Residence, the former home of Scottish merchant Thomas Blake Glover and the oldest Western-style wooden building in Japan. Visit the unique turtle-shaped Fukusai-ji Temple and also the Kofukuji Temple or spend a few hours at Huis Ten Bosch amusement park. No trip to Nagasaki would be complete without admiring Nagasaki’s unique skyline from Insayama Observation Deck, especially after dark.
Day 21: Tokyo, Japan - UK
Disembark in Tokyo and be transferred to the airport for your flight back to the UK.