If you have a Cunard Line voyage coming up, have been on one or thinking about one possibly – we have a list of the top 10 things you really should do whilst aboard one of their three beautiful ships!
Our top ten is compiled across all three ships – some of the activities are onboard all three and some are specific to the certain ship!
If you are lucky enough to be on the Queen Mary 2 – lookout for the Royal Astronomical Society’s Stargazing evenings! Being at sea, there is no light pollution and you can see amazing things from the top of a ship! If the weather is bad, there is always the indoor planetarium!
Afternoon tea is available on all three Queens and is served at precisely 3pm (ship time) every day. Just visit the Queen’s room on any of the ships and be treated to a beautiful silver service afternoon tea (no charge!) Additionally, you can also have the same food and tea in any of the Lido Buffets, but it will be self-service.
Cunard is well known for its distinguished lecturers’ program “Cunard Insights”. They have hosted many great lecturers in the years including Sir David Frost, Nelson Mandela, Jimmy Carter, John Cleese and the previous First Sea Lord: Admiral Lord West. The lectures are fascinating and often most lecturers perform more than one unique talk per voyage. Occasionally, you can meet them afterwards too!
Cunard Royal Spa
All three Queens have amazing spas available. Why not indulge in a massage or perhaps just sit by one of the hydrotherapy pools during a lazy sea day? Staff will cater to your every need and you can unwind and relax with some amazing sea-views! If the spa isn’t your thing, why not use the outdoor whirlpools or swimming pools, they are usually open 24/7 – gazing up at the stars whilst in a whirlpool with a glass of champagne can’t be missed!
On sea-days, Cunard offers sword-fencing classes – usually held in the Queens Room. Get your name down for these classes as soon as you board! They usually run two or three classes per voyage. All equipment is provided!
On certain formal evenings, Cunard have a masked ball! Make sure you pack something fancy for the evening! In your pre-cruise itinerary it should tell you what theme the masked-ball will be (e.g. Victorian, Christmas) – if you don’t manage to get one before you go, their onboard shops do sell a range!
Private Boxes in the Royal Court Theatre
Both Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth have private boxes available in the theatre. These are only a small supplement and include a small bottle of Veuve Cliquot, finger desserts and table service throughout the performance. Naturally, the view from the private boxes are fantastic and you have a lot more room than the already spacious seating below.
Enjoy the beautiful ambience that Cunard is renowned for. Get down to one of the bars early before your allotted dining time in the Britannia Restaurant and enjoy a live performance from either a harpist or the onboard string quartet. It’s an elegant and beautiful way to start off the evening!
On a sea-day, why not find one of the teak sun-loungers with a decent view on deck? Towards the rear of all three of their ships, they have many loungers set up and the view as your ship sails along is beautiful. Don’t worry if it’s cold – they provide blankets and a passing member of staff will always happily get you a nice warm cup of tea (or something a little stronger if you wish!)
Churchill’s Cigar Lounge
Why not visit Churchill’s? Each ship has a bespoke cigar lounge aboard usually located near the main bar on the top deck, selling the finest in cigars with very attentive staff, who will provide you with everything you need to relax and enjoy a small break during your evening. Is smoking not your thing? Why not book one of the whiskey or wine tasting classes that are held numerous times throughout the voyage? A master sommelier usually runs a class that lasts up to two hours with a small fee. You’ll learn about wines of the world and what wine should go with what food!
We hope you enjoyed our Top 10 things to do on a Cunard Cruise! If you’ve any tips you want to share with us – then contact us!