Cunard will spend a full season in Alaska from June through September in 2020 on newly refitted Queen Elizabeth. Cunard is making its grand return to Alaska in May 2019 – and due to high demand, the line will double its program in 2020.
This expanded program will offer ten round-trip voyages out of Vancouver, ranging from nine to 12 nights, and one getaway cruise to San Francisco.
“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 destinations along the Pacific northwest coast of Alaska and British Columbia with longer time in port including Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka. 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, round-trip from Vancouver, 10 nights from 2–12 June
- Independence Day Celebration, Vancouver to San Francisco with an overnight in port, three nights from 2–5 July
- San Francisco to Vancouver, 16 nights from 5–21 July
- Vancouver to Tokyo, 29 nights from 29 August–28 September
Queen Elizabeth, the youngest ship in the fleet, has just come out of refit this November, launching a new spa concept on board: Mareel Wellness & Beauty, developed in partnership with industry innovator Canyon Ranch. 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.
Exclusive sale for Cunard World Club Members starts 7 January 2019 and availability for first-time guests begins on 8 January 2019.