Cunard reviews

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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.

Top 5 Cunard Destinations:

Transatlantic

(30 cruises)

Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)

(23 cruises)

South Pacific - Australia

(19 cruises)

Europe - Western Europe

(14 cruises)

Europe - Northern Europe

(13 cruises)

Top 5 Cunard Departure Ports:

Southampton (London), England

(42 cruises)

New York, New York

(20 cruises)

Sydney, Australia

(16 cruises)

Hamburg, Germany

(10 cruises)

Tokyo, Japan

(7 cruises)

Expert review of Cunard

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.

Cunard cruiser reviews

Ship Quality

4.5

Average rating

Service and Staff

4.5

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Cabin / Stateroom

4.4

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Destinations and Excursions

4.4

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Food and Dining

4.2

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Onboard Activities

4.0

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Entertainment

4.0

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Children's Programs

3.6

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Embarkation and Debarkation

4.3

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What cruisers say

  • petedowns says ...

    Really appreciated having facilities to make own tea or coffee in cabin now. Cleanliness is always good Read full review
  • MaggiA says ...

    We found the staff very pleasant & helpful...never snobby. Our cabin was always kept in excellent condition. Read full review
  • MickeyW says ...

    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 gave the room a holiday atmosphere. Took me a while to figure out the shower. Read full review

3 Cunard ships

Queen Elizabeth

Price: $$
Ship size: M
3.9

Autumn 2010 will mark the beginning of a new age of cruising for Cunard Cruise lines with the all ne...

Sails to:

Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East) South Pacific South Pacific - Australia

Sails from:

Adelaide, Australia Auckland, New Zealand Hong Kong Melbourne, Australia Shanghai, China Singapore Sydney, Australia Tokyo, Japan

Queen Mary 2

Price: $$
Ship size: L
4.2

The Golden Age of ocean travel has returned with the Queen Mary 2, from the opulent grand ballroom t...

Sails to:

Canada, New England, New York Caribbean Caribbean - Eastern Europe - Northern Europe Europe - Western Europe

Sails from:

Hamburg, Germany Le Havre (Paris), France New York, New York Quebec City, Quebec Southampton (London), England

Queen Victoria

Price: $$
Ship size: M
4.2

Warmly reminiscent of a more gracious era, modern technology combines seamlessly with her classic ye...

Sails to:

Europe Europe - Mediterranean Europe - Northern Europe Europe - Western Europe Europe - Western Mediterranean

Sails from:

Cape Town, South Africa Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida Hamburg, Germany Hong Kong Kiel, Germany San Francisco, California Singapore Southampton (London), England Sydney, Australia

Ship size:

  • XL: 4,000 + passengers
  • L: 2,000 to 4,000 passengers
  • M: 500 to 2,000 passengers
  • S: Less than 500 passengers

Price:

  • $$$$: $1500 and up
  • $$$: Up to $1500
  • $$: Up to $1000
  • $: Up to $500

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