Cunard to introduce UK summer cruises for Brits

'Staycation' itineraries on Queen Elizabeth ex Southampton are in the pipeline

Cunard is set to offer a series of UK voyages on Queen Elizabeth, providing a unique and luxurious staycation opportunity for British guests. The decision capitalises on the UK Government’s decision to allow UK cruising to resume from May 2021.

Full program details will be revealed in coming weeks and available for sale at the end of March 2021. What is known is that sailings will be from Cunard’s home port of Southampton and will be in UK coastal waters. Cunard’s flexible booking terms will be applicable for these voyages, so guests will be able to book with confidence.

The new UK staycation voyages will replace a number of international sailings that will be cancelled due to the current environment.

Cunard President, Simon Palethorpe said: “With the UK Government confirming that domestic travel is close on the horizon, we are introducing a series of exciting, shorter duration holidays for Brits looking for the perfect staycation in Cunard luxury this summer. These will be sailings from Southampton, for UK residents, around the UK and will make the very most of the summer sunshine.”

“However, with international travel restrictions still in place, we unfortunately need to cancel a number of departures. We know how much everyone is desperately looking forward to longed-for holidays overseas, so to all affected by this news, I am sincerely sorry for the disappointment this will cause.”

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Queen Elizabeth at sea

Sailings on Queen Victoria are now cancelled for departures up to and including 27 August 2021.

Queen Elizabeth’s summer Mediterranean fly-cruise season and all departures up to and including 11 October, 2021 are cancelled.

Queen Mary 2’s current program is affected by a number of factors and all departures up to and including 12 November, 2021 are cancelled.

All guests whose cruises have been cancelled will automatically receive a Future Cruise Credit worth 125% of what they paid. This 125% Future Cruise Credit can be redeemed against any new booking made by the end of December 2021, on any cruise on sale at the time of booking.

Alternatively, 100% refund is available through the form on

Lead image: Queen Elizabeth arriving at Southampton in July 2020 | Image credit: Andrew Sassoli Walker/Cunard – source: Facebook

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