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Extension the pause in operation and new voyages

Munich, August 26, 2020

Dear guests,

In view of the current recommendations of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the great complexity of worldwide cruise operations during the Covid-19 pandemic, the well-established cruise line Cunard extends its operations beyond November 2020 as follows

Queen Elizabeth until 25 March 2021

Queen Mary 2 until April 18, 2021

Queen Victoria up to and including 16 May 2021

Cunard's President Simon Palethorpe said: "We are very sorry for all the guests who wanted to take one of the cancelled trips, and we can imagine that this news will disappoint them very much. After very careful consideration and review of the latest guidelines, we simply do not feel it makes sense to return to cruise operations with our current planned timetable, so we have decided to extend the break in operations and revise future timetables".

Queen Elizabeth will have the following new itineraries in 2021:

Simon Palethorpe adds: "Queen Elizabeth has returned to the UK and, given the continuing uncertainty surrounding the opening of many ports and countries, her routes originally planned for 2021 are unfortunately no longer viable in this form. Therefore, we must cancel all Australian, Japanese and Alaskan voyages departing between March 26 and December 13, 2021. They will be replaced by a series of shorter trips in Europe lasting three to 14 nights and departing from Southampton. The new itinerary will begin in late March 2021, with several scenic routes around the Cornish coast, the west coast of Ireland and the Scottish Islands. There will also be short trips to Amsterdam, including overnight stays in port, as well as trips to northern and southern European destinations, including Norway and the Iberian coast, and further overnight stays in various ports. Queen Elizabeth's new itineraries will be completed with several 7- and 14-night voyages from Barcelona to the Mediterranean. It is an exciting new itinerary that I am sure will be very well received by our guests".

Queen Elizabeth's new 2021 voyages will be available from 29 September 2020.

Changes on Queen Mary 2:

In addition, there are also partially adapted routings for Queen Mary 2, which Simon Palethorpe explains: "As a small compensation for this year's world tour of the Queen Mary 2, which had to be cancelled prematurely, as well as for the cancelled world tour 2021, we are very pleased to announce that our Queen Mary 2 will finally be setting off again on a trip on the classic world tour route in spring 2022. The round-the-world cruise will replace all of the Queen Mary 2's originally planned voyages with departures between January 3 and April 3, 2022, including the Great World Expedition South America". The 105-day adventure begins on January 10, 2022 in Southampton and includes stops in Greece, Dubai, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Australia and Bali. After further stops in Abu Dhabi, Oman, Italy and Portugal, the Queen Mary 2 returns to Southampton on April 24, 2022. Both the outward and the return journey pass through the Suez Canal.

It is bookable from September 8, 2020.

All affected guests or their travel agents will be contacted individually by us with all information and details regarding cancellations and rebooking.

Please understand that due to the currently very high workload, delays may occur.

We kindly ask you to note our business hours.

We thank you very much for your support and loyalty

Your team from Cunard


Cunard extends the pause in operation until November 2020
 

Munich, 09.06.2020

Dear guests,

Luxury cruise line Cunard, announced today that, as a result of the continued impact of Covid-19, it will be extending the pause in operations.  

For its ships Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria, Cunard is cancelling all sailings that were due to depart up to and including 1 November, 2020 and for Queen Elizabeth, departures up to and including the 23 November, 2020.

Cunard President, Simon Palethorpe, said, “With many differing restrictions across countries, people’s ability to move freely and safely across borders remains seemingly someway in the distance. For Cunard, where we celebrate having a truly international mix of guests and sail all over the world, this becomes particularly impactful. We also need to better understand the implications Covid-19 will have on board our ships. We are therefore working, at the highest level possible, with government bodies, including the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - the CDC - and Public Health England, as well as the industry collective body – CLIA - and other expert medical professionals to review every aspect of a holiday with us.”

He added: “Whilst we have always taken pride in having the highest levels of health and safety we are looking at enhanced protocols across all aspects of ship life and experiences on shore. We will only return to service when we have a comprehensive restart protocol with the stamps of approval and accreditation from the most trusted and informed sources.”

All affected guests or their travel agents will be contacted individually by us with all information and details regarding cancellations and rebooking.

Please understand that due to the currently very high workload, delays may occur.

We kindly ask you to note our business hours.

We thank you very much for your support and loyalty

Your team from Cunard

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