She was known simply as the "Ship Beautiful". On her maiden voyage in May 1914, Cunard’s Aquitania was considered one of the most beautiful liners ever built.
Aquitania may have sailed her last voyage, but holidaymakers can still experience something of her remarkable beauty by stepping aboard one of Cunard’s modern cruise ships. Sail aboard the Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria or Queen Elizabeth cruise ship and you’ll enjoy a voyage steeped in tradition, yet with all the luxuries of modern technology and amenities.
Here are five remarkable facts about Cunard Line’s cruise ships.
Cunard’s cruise ships sail to the most iconic destinations
When you sail with Cunard, you make your own piece of history. Join the glamorous and famous names, like Judy Garland, Ginger Rogers, Cary Grant, Elizabeth Taylor and more, who’ve graced the dance floors aboard Cunard’s magnificent ships. And just like these bygone stars of the silver screen you can sail to romantic destinations like Venice, Monte Carlo and Verona, and remarkable historic cities of the world like St Petersburg and Istanbul. A Cunard cruise is all about making dreams come true.
Luxurious staterooms with private balconies
Nothing compares with waking in the morning and looking out on your own ocean vista. The vast majority of staterooms aboard Cunard Line’s ships are outside cabins. More than 86% of these on the Queen Mary 2 cruise ship have private balconies, compared to 76% aboard Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria. All private balconies are furnished with chairs, loungers and tables so you can escape into your own tranquil space, sip champagne and watch the ocean waves. Now that’s what we call a beautiful holiday.
Prepare to be pampered
Whilst life aboard your Cunard Line ship will be relaxed and informal, you can expect exquisite service and some extra special touches that will make your voyage all the more memorable. Cunard Line is renowned for its "White Star Service", which ensures everyone receives a five-star service. You’ll be greeted on arrival with sparkling wine or champagne. And you can reminisce with your friends about the Golden Age of travel over afternoon tea served by white-gloved waiters.
Unforgettable enrichment program
Cunard Line’s enrichment program is unrivalled and will undoubtedly be a highlight of your cruise. When you see the line up of speakers and experts on past and present Cunard Insight programs, you’ll realise why people rave about it. You’ll spot famous writers, actors, filmmakers, politicians, explorers, scientists, historians and even astronauts – it’s always a remarkable line-up. The speakers will add an incredible new dimension to your holiday.
Whether aboard the Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2 or Queen Victoria cruise ship, entertainment is always memorable. Expect remarkable acts and performers, such as Crosby Stills and Nash, and the Blue Note’s 75th Anniversary All-Star Band. You’ll be moved by the classical music performances by world-renowned orchestras, such as the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) conducted by Anthony Inglis. The Royal Court Theatre hosts comedy and drama shows, Shakespeare classics and spectacular productions. And you’ll never be at a loss for live music. Each ship is a stage for resident bands, jazz ensembles and classical recitals.
And afterwards, you can head to the Champagne Bar, the spectacular Queens Room or simply head out on deck to watch the moonlight glisten on the waves. If it’s beauty you’re looking for, what more could you ask for?