Cunard

average ship rating
3.9
282 Reviews

About Cunard

The atmosphere on a Cunard cruise is sophisticated — many passengers are retirees — and the focus is on high-quality daytime activities, including lectures, classes, and movies in real theaters. Cunard's onboard pub serves up fish and chips and features quiz nights, while proper afternoon tea includes a full orchestra and white-gloved waiters, who serve finger sandwiches and scones with clotted cream.

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Best for

Anglophiles and those wanting to relive the glory days of ocean liners. Cunard's passengers are mostly seniors, but over holidays and in summer, more families seek affordable elegance.

Not for

Sea-day haters and those who get seasick easily — Cunard does more ocean crossings than any other.

We love

  • Daytime activities (including lectures, classes, and movies in real theaters) are outstanding, especially on crossings.
  • The Queen Mary 2’s planetarium is out of this world.
  • Cunard's large, wood-paneled libraries are the best at sea, with thousands of volumes and comfy leather couches that lend a clubby feel.
  • Traditional design hallmarks include wraparound teak decks and double staircases (for grand entrances) in the Britania Dining Rooms.
  • Proper afternoon tea includes a full orchestra and white-gloved waiters, who serve finger sandwiches and scones with cream.
  • Parents of babies 12-23 months old can have adult dinners thanks to Cunard's night nursery.
  • Passengers gather outside the Queen Mary 2’s dog kennel to watch the pooches being walked.

We could live without

  • The old-fashioned segregation of passengers according to their cabin categories means the Queens Grill and Princess Grill restaurants, a private lounge, and a sun terrace are only open to suite guests.
  • The lack of nightlife: After dinner, the discos are often empty, and the bars get a few nightcappers at most.

Ship Quality

79% Loved it!
"If you like cruising and being aboard ship, don't care where you go, you'll love the QM2. I just love this boat!! Sailing out of New York is..." Read More

Service and Staff

76% Loved it!
"Absolutely. Staff always seemed to be busy(guess they should) I dropped a book and broke a lamp and it was fixed right away!" Read More

Cabin / Stateroom

73% Loved it!
"We stayed on deck six, had an excellent location just off the stairs. Everything was basically still brand new. We added flowers which I thought..." Read More

Destinations and Excursions

71% Loved it!
"Ports were magnificent; shore excursion opportunities were endless" Read More

Embarkation and Disembarkation

67% Loved it!
"We arrived early for embarkation, so we had to wait a bit, but we were processed efficiently. We appreciated the boarding ramps were not steeply..." Read More

Food and Dining

66% Loved it!
"All the eating venues were outstanding.We were particularly impressed by the quality and variety of the Lido buffet, which some travelers have..." Read More

Onboard Activities

56% Loved it!
"Since we were somewhat confined due to rough weather, it was great to have such a wide selection of things to do - lectures, planetarium, et..." Read More

Entertainment

54% Loved it!
"The cruise director and his staff were outstanding and their obvious enjoyment of their jobs came through strongly. There were plenty of activities..." Read More

Children's Programs

43% Loved it!
"Any children on board were happy and their chaperones were evident and active." Read More

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