With its rich maritime history and tradition, a Cunard is perfect for those seeking a cruise where you can still ballroom dance and fence.

This iconic line, known for its dark bows and red funnels has been sailing since 1840. The cruise line has just launched its newest ship, the Queen Anne.

The entire fleet is composed of modern yet very classic ‘queens’ that combine timeless elegance with modern amenities. 

Guests enjoy the view aboard one of the 'queens' of Cunard Line.
Guests enjoy the view aboard one of Cunard’s ‘queens’. Image from Cunard.

Australian travellers are lucky to have access to the line’s iconic offerings. From grand world voyages to shorter explorations in the region, the line’s Australian itineraries offer a diverse range of voyages, each imbued with the line’s signature sophistication.

So, whether you’re a seasoned traveller or a first-time cruiser seeking for a bucket-listed cruise experience, promises a voyage like no other. With a focus on enrichment, culture, and exceptional service, every aspect of your Cunard cruise is crafted to match your taste and preference. 

The Cunard Fleet

The fleet is composed of four magnificent ‘queens’, each a masterpiece of maritime engineering and design. These vessels are symbols of grandeur and luxury that Cunard represents. The fleet of four ‘queens’ includes Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria,  Queen Elizabeth, and Queen Anne

Where do Cunard ships sail?

Cunard Line features a range of itineraries spanning the globe. The line caters to travellers seeking both traditional and off-the-beaten-path destinations. Here are some of the bucket-listed destinations that Cunard is offering to cruise enthusiasts:

  • Africa and the Indian Ocean
  • Alaska
  • Asia
  • Australia and New Zealand
  • Canary Islands
  • Caribbean
  • Mediterranean
  • Northern Europe
  • Panama Canal and Central America
  • South America
  • South Pacific
  • USA and Canada
  • Western Europe
  • World Voyage

Cunard Dining

With a combination of exceptional culinary masterpieces and timeless elegance, Cunard dining is an experience like no other. Guests on board a Cunard ‘Queen’ get to enjoy an array of food choices and gastro pubs. With a diverse range of choices, the real challenge for every Cunard guest onboard is deciding where and what to eat. here are some of Cunard’s dining choices:

Main Dining 

  • Queens Grill
  • Princess Grill
  • Britannia Club 

Casual Dining

Free Dining

  • The Lido and Kings Court
  • The Golden Lion

Fee dining

  • Carinthia Lounge
  • Cafe Carinthia

Alternative Dining

Fee dining

  • Steakhouse at the Verandah
  • Dinner at the Lido
  • Champagne Afternoon Tea
  • Al Fresco dining
  • Champagne Breakfast

Is Cunard all-inclusive?

The line operates on a more traditional cruise model where most amenities and services are included in the base fare. But there are those that are made available at an additional cost like alcoholic beverages, specialty dining, shore excursions, and gratuities. 

Like most major cruise lines, guests can also purchase drink packages which add more convenience and flexibility to the cruiser’s experience onboard. Here’s Cunard’s A World of Drinks bundles: 

A World of Drinks BundlesLess than 5 nights5-14 nights15-84 nights85 nights or more
Beers, Wines and Spirits Option$95$80$75$55
Premium Non‑Alcoholic Option$45$45$45$45
Specialty Hot Drinks Option$17.50$17.50$17.50$17.50
Soft Drinks Option$15$15$15$15
Note: Prices listed are per person per night, and are shown in USD.

What entertainment and activities can be found onboard Cunard?

The line is known for featuring sophisticated and enriching onboard activities. The line offers a range of activities, entertainment, and even enrichment opportunities that fit discerning travellers’ tastes. 

In addition, there are also an array of bars and lounges where cruisers can socialize and enjoy. 

here are some of the activities to expect onboard:

  • Dance classes
  • Deck games
  • Swimming pools
  • Sporting activities
  • Fitness classes
  • Enrichment activities
  • Behind the scene tours
  • classical concerts
  • Illuminations
  • Interdenominational Service at Sea
  • Theatrical Productions
  • Gala Evenings
  • Live music
  • Shopping
  • Art Gallery

Activities for kids

  • The Play Zone
  • The Kids’ Zone
  • The Teen Zone

Does Cunard have gratuities?

Cunard does have a tipping policy where a certain amount is added to guests’ onboard accounts. These gratuities are intended to compensate the ever-dedicated and hardworking staff for their service. 

In addition, gratuities apply to all guests and differ in their chosen accommodation. Guests booked in Queens and Princess Grill Suites are charged USD$18 per person per day. On the other hand, guests staying in Britannia Staterooms are charged USD$16 per person per day. 

Evening dress codes

Formal Evenings

For Cunard Line’s designated formal nights, cruise passengers are expected to dress in formal or evening wear. Gentlemen are expected to wear tuxedos or coats with black ties. On the other hand, ladies typically wear evening or cocktail dresses.

Gala Evenings

On these nights, the dress code is slightly relaxed, but guests are still encouraged to dress elegantly. Men can also wear a formal suit, shirt, with tie while may wear cocktail dresses or formal separates.

Daytime Dress Code

During the day, the dress code is more relaxed. Casual attire like sundresses, slacks, and collared shirts are acceptable in most public areas. Moreover, pool areas and outdoor decks allow for more casual attire like shorts, t-shirts, and swimwear.

Who sails on a Cunard cruise?

Cunard attracts a demographic of discerning and affluent cruise enthusiasts who appreciate the line’s rich heritage, elegance, and focus on cultural enrichment. In addition, Cunard also appeals to a good number of multigenerational families seeking for a unique and culturally immersive voyage. The ‘queens’ spacious suites also make it convenient for families to sail together while having to enjoy a space of their own. 

Moreover, given the line’s strong British roots and connections to the Royal Family, the line also appeals to a good number of anglophiles and royalty enthusiasts.