Cunard has released its June 2021 to January 2022 cruise schedule, which will see its three Queens visit 123 destinations across 39 countries. With an extensive range of itineraries, the 2021 schedule has a variety of extended port stays, including 174 voyages with late evening departures. The schedule means guests can immerse themselves in the local cultures of a wide range of exciting international destinations. In addition to a number of evening departures, Cunard’s 2021 season includes many overnight stays in spectacular cities including: Boston, Funchal, Lisbon, Quebec, Reykjavik, Rotterdam, Shanghai, Singapore and St Petersburg.
Simon Palethorpe, President, Cunard said, “Filled with inspiring destinations, we’re making it our priority to ensure our guests have as long as possible to explore the world’s most exquisite locations in their own time and at their own pace. After immersing themselves in the local culture, guests can look forward to enjoying our unique on board experience that offers the freedom of time and space with our exemplary White Star Service that is second to none.”
Queen Victoria will undertake an engaging European itinerary throughout 2021 including 20 roundtrip voyages from Southampton. In response to surging demand, Asia remains firmly on Cunard’s radar in 2021 with Queen Elizabeth based in the Asia-Pacific region throughout the year. Itineraries include circumnavigations of Japan; a variety of Australian and New Zealand voyages; as well as a spectacular maiden call in Seogwipo City, South Korea.
In 1840, Cunard became the first shipping line to offer regularly scheduled crossings. Today, Cunard alone maintain this timeless tradition, offering 23 crossings in 2021 on board the world’s only ocean liner, Queen Mary 2.
Simon Palethorpe continues: “In addition to 31 wonderful round trip voyages from our home port of Southampton, we are excited that 2021 sees Cunard offer itineraries that span the globe. It is a testament to our long-standing commitment to excellence that from Southampton to Shanghai, Boston to Brisbane, Cunard has become synonymous with luxury in all corners of the world.”
Extravagant references to yesteryear underline what differentiates Cunard ships. Some rival companies have ships which boast sumptuous features and multifarious facilities, but none of them have such a colourful heritage. Fanciful illusions of being transported back to a golden age of travel, when screen sirens walked the decks and flirted over dinner are tangible. That era may be gone, but on board Cunard ships its spirit lives on.
- 9th October 2019
Edinburgh-born Gary Buchanan has been a travel writer for over 30 years. He has been a specialist cruise writer for 25 years contributing to leading British publications including national newspapers and consumer magazines. He is the author of five books about cruising and spends over seven months every year at sea sailing the world’s oceans.