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: Lisbon, Portugal
Spread across seven hills on the shores of River Tagus is Portugal's capital city, Lisbon. Pavement cafes, bustling squares and serene gardens sit alongside palaces, bridges and castles in this waterside city.
Immerse yourself in culture at Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and National Museum of Contemporary Art, or enjoy the colourful marine life at Oceanarium. Take a vintage tram ride through the city's cobbled streets, admiring Jerónimos Monastery and Belém Tower on the way. Haggle for bargains at the lively Thieves Market, or explore designer shops on Rua do Carmo, Rua Garrett and Avenida da Liberdade.
Venture further afield and discover the fairytale places and ornate villas in Sintra or go dolphin-watching in Setúbal.
Day 6: Tenerife, Spain
Tenerife is largest of the Canary Islands. The island is dominated by the dormant volcano Mount Teide; hop on a cable car to marvel at the views or take a hike along the trail. Tenerife is also known for its famous Carnaval de Santa Cruz with its spectacular parades, music, dancing, and colourful costumes. Siam Park is a Thai-themed water park packed with swimming pools, exhilarating slides, and plenty of family fun. Experience up-close encounters with gorillas, tigers, penguins, and other species at the landscaped Loro Park. Party animals can discover Playa de las Americas and its famed nightlife scene. Try your hand at windsurfing, kite surfing, or parasailing on El Medano Beach. The island’s capital, Santa Cruz, is home to Auditorio de Tenerife, Museum of Fine Arts, and Museum of Nature and Man. The UNESCO-listed colonial city of San Cristobal de la Laguna is well worth a visit too.
Day 15: Walvis Bay, Namibia
Walvis Bay nestles on the coast of Namibia and is sheltered by the Pelican Point sand spit. Its majestic lagoon is home to fascinating birdlife including flamingos, pelicans and Damara terns. Take a stroll around the stunning harbour and gaze out at the colourful fishing boats and ships that line the water's edge. On dry land, visit the Walvis Bay Museum and discover the town’s rich history and maritime background. Head to Pelican Point lighthouse and savour sweeping views of the surrounding bay and crashing waves. Alternatively, explore the water by boat and keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, whales and Cape fur seals. Venture slightly further afield and explore the coastal sand dunes of Dune 7 - which mark the start of the Namib Desert - and get your heart racing with a plethora of sports and activities.
Day 17: Cape Town, South Africa
The bustling South African city of Cape Town is a mixture of cultures, cuisines, and landscapes. Ride the cable car to the top of imposing Table Mountain; the country’s most-photographed attraction and one of the new 'seven wonders of nature'. Head to the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens and get lost in the beautiful world of colour and nature. Take a boat trip to visit Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, or come face-to-face with a great white shark on a cage dive. No trip to Cape Town would be complete without exploring the bustling markets that line the colourful streets and dining on a platter of fresh seafood by the Victoria and Albert Waterfront.
Day 18: Fly Cape Town – UK
Disembark in Cape Town and be transferred to the airport for your flight back to the UK.