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Queen Elizabeth will offer nine Alaska voyages June through September, exclusive sale for Cunard World Club Members starts January 7, 2019, availability for first-time guests starts January 8, 2019.

Cunard Unveils First Full Season of Alaska Voyages in 2020 / Photo © Cunard Line

Cunard Unveils First Full Season of Alaska Voyages in 2020 / Photo © Cunard Line

Luxury cruise line Cunard today announced that it will spend a full season in Alaska from June through September in 2020 on newly-refit Queen Elizabeth. Cunard is making its grand return to Alaska in May 2019 – and due to high demand, the line will double their program in 2020.

This expanded program will offer ten roundtrip voyages out of Vancouver ranging from nine to twelve nights and one getaway cruise to San Francisco for an overnight stay on Independence Day. Guests will have the opportunity to take in the breathtaking beauty of Alaska with the iconic experience of sailing on a Cunard ship.

“We are so excited to offer an extended season in Alaska on Queen Elizabeth in 2020,” said Josh Leibowitz, SVP Cunard North America. “Due to strong demand and passenger feedback, Cunard has more than doubled its voyages in Alaska, visiting the most incredible cities with longer time in port to enjoy this inspiring destination.”

Each Alaska voyage will feature fascinating destinations along the Pacific Northwest coast of Alaska and British Columbia with longer time in port including Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka and more. In addition, the voyages offer awe-inspiring scenic cruising in the narrow waterways of the Inside Passage, the Hubbard Glacier and Sawyer Glacier’s twin fjords, Tracy Arm and Endicott Arm.

Passengers have the opportunity to combine voyages together, including the Alaska roundtrips, Independence Day cruise and the North Pacific Crossings from Yokohama or to Tokyo. These 2020 voyages include:

  • Alaska Voyage, roundtrip from Vancouver, 10 nights from June 2-12, 2019 (Q017), fares starting at $1,599
  • Independence Day Celebration, Vancouver to San Francisco with an overnight in port, 3 nights from July 2-5 (Q020A), fares starting at $599
  • San Francisco to Vancouver, 16 nights from July 5-21 (Q020D), fares starting at $2,659
  • Vancouver to Tokyo, 29 nights from August 29-September 28 (Q026A), fares starting at $4,459

Queen Elizabeth, the youngest ship in the fleet, has just come out of refit this November, launching a new spa concept onboard: Mareel Wellness & Beauty, developed in partnership with industry innovator Canyon Ranch. The new brand will offer a holistic approach with a focus on the healing energy of the sea. The spa offers an extensive new treatment menu with mineral-rich seawater and marine-based experiences as well as a redesign of the entire spa facility. In addition, many public spaces, bars and lounges have been updated and all Grill Suites and Britannia Staterooms have new carpets and soft furnishings. The Royal Court Theatre had a complete technical overhaul; the Royal Arcade has been enhanced to offer an elevated shopping experience; and the outdoor decks have new furniture with a new layout on the Sun Deck.

Cunard continues its partnership with Rocky Mountaineer, offering pre- and post-cruise tours on the famous railroad. Tours include either three- to five-nights’ accommodation, plus two full days aboard the train. The expedition travels through a spectacular array of scenery with glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, through winding river canyons, mountain passes and remarkable tunnels. Highlights include the Continental Divide, Kicking Horse Canyon, Spiral Tunnels and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon.

Guests will also be able to take advantage of the three-night pre-cruise tour Vancouver and Whistler Highlights, taking in the best of Vancouver including Grouse Mountain and Stanley Park, and a full day in Whistler and Shannon Falls via the Sea-to-Sky Corridor.

Early Booking Benefits

Guests who book launch fares in Britannia accommodations on voyages seven nights or longer by February 28, 2019 will receive free Onboard Credit up to $600 per stateroom, and third and fourth guests in the same stateroom will pay only $100 per person.

Grill Suite guests who book voyages seven nights or longer by February 28, 2019 will receive:

  • Free Onboard Credit up to $2,000 per stateroom†
  • Free Drinks Package♦
  • Free Gratuities‡
  • Third and Fourth guests in the same stateroom pay only $500 per person^

Detailed information about promo code ZED/ZEB and disclaimers about these benefits can be found here.

World Club Member Early Booking Savings

World Club members will benefit from an additional 5% discount off launch fares, available for past guests only, applicable on all cruises until April 30, 2019. This discount is not applicable to third and fourth berth guests.

Value Fares

Cunard is offering Value Fares featuring:

  • Up to 20% off Launch Fares††
  • 3rd and 4th guests receive up to 50% off the Value Fares double occupancy rates
  • Reduced Non-Refundable and Non-Transferable Deposit (12.5% of the cruise fare instead of 25%)^^ 
  • Cunard Care is available for bookings with Value Fares

Fares are capacity controlled, subject to change, and may not be combined with any other public, group or past guest discount. Schedule of final payments and cancellation fees will follow the standard terms and conditions. Cabin assignment and dining options are not available for guests booking Value Fares. Guests will be booked on a Guarantee status. Value Fares are not available in the Grills.

† Up to $2,000 Onboard Credit per stateroom ($1,000 per person) offer is based on reserving a Queens Grill Suite on voyages seven nights or longer. Amounts may vary by voyage length and category booked. Offer is applicable to reservations deposited by April 30, 2019 on voyages listed under this promotion. Third/fourth berth guests are not eligible. Singles paying the single supplement earn the equivalent of the per-stateroom Onboard Credit applicable to the category booked. Guests booked in single-occupancy staterooms receive the per-person Onboard Credit applicable to the category booked. Onboard Credit may be used on a single cruise only, is not redeemable for cash, cannot be used for the casino and expires at the end of that cruise. Offer is not transferable and may not be combinable with other select offers or other onboard credits. Onboard Credit amount is quoted in U.S. dollars.

♦ The Free Drinks Package offer is applicable to guests reserving a Queens or Princess Grill Suite on voyages seven nights or longer. The Complimentary Drinks offer applies to all drinks $12 and under purchased on board during the cruise. Drinks under this promotion can be purchased and consumed free of charge by the participant only and may not be purchased for people who are not booked on the promotion. Guests under 21 years of age are not eligible for this promotion. Drinks priced above the threshold shown above must be purchased at full price. Paying the difference between the threshold and the higher price is not permitted. The standard 15% service charge applied against all bar orders will be included under this promotion for all drinks ordered under the price threshold.  Tipping beyond the 15% is at the discretion of the guests. For drinks purchased over the price threshold, the 15% service charge will apply as standard. Drinks ordered on this promotion will be signed for in the normal way with the cost of the drinks appearing on the sales receipt. The cost will be credited back to the guest folio on a nightly basis. This promotion does not apply to drinks ordered as room service or in-room mini-bar (except Queens Grill), bottles of wine or drinks packages. Cunard operates a Responsible Service of Alcohol Policy. Offer is not available for third/fourth berth guests, is not transferable, and may not be combined with other offers. No cash value.

‡ The Free Gratuities offer is applicable only to guests reserving a Queens or Princess Grill Suite on voyages 7 nights or longer and is based on the pre-payment by Cunard of the suggested gratuities in the amount of $13.50 per person per day for Grill Suites. Offer is not available for passengers booked in Britannia staterooms, or for third/fourth berth guests, is not transferable, and may not be combined with other offers. No cash value.

^Additional third/fourth berth guests in the same stateroom are charged cruise fare of $100 per person in Britannia and $500 per person in Grill Suites, plus applicable Taxes, Fees, and Port Expenses regardless of voyage length. Space is subject to availability at time of booking.

††Up to 20% Savings offer is based on a per-person discount off Launch Fares on voyages 7 nights or longer. Fares apply to select categories on a space available basis at time of booking.  Cruise fares are per person, do not include air travel, are cruise only, based on double occupancy.  Fares for third and fourth guests are up to 50% off the double occupancy rate. Single guests occupying a double occupancy stateroom will pay a single occupancy supplement of 175% in Britannia staterooms.  Fares are capacity controlled, subject to change, and may not be combinable with early booking benefits, public, group or past guest discounts. Offer is available to residents of the 50 United States, Canada, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and the District of Columbia who are 21 years of age or older. Fares are quoted in U.S. dollars. Please refer to the applicable Cunard brochure or Cunard.com for terms, conditions and definitions that apply to all reservations. Ask about our applicable air add-on program. Offer expires April 30, 2019. Reference promo code: KG*.

^^A reduced non-refundable and non-transferable 12.5% deposit is required within three days of reservation. Bookings are subject to cancellation if deposit amount is not received within the specified option period. Reduced deposit is not combinable with other reduced deposit offers and does not apply to bookings made within final payment.

Information source: Cunard Line

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