The Cunard Line trans-Atlantic cruise is one of the quintessential cruise holidays. Crossing the Atlantic from Southampton to New York (or the reverse) is a bucket list experience.
Discounted Business Class airfares to Europe and greater airline competition to the USA makes Cunard Line cruise across the Atlantic a very realistic part of a broader itinerary, or to celebrate a special occassion.
As the trans Atlantic itinerary is predominantly at sea (i.e. it isn't a port or shore excursion focused itinerary) the experience becomes more about Cunard and its ships. Cunard cruises reflect the cruise line's heritage and this tradition is evident in the onboard experience. Formality is required (jackets for gentlemen) at some events but our sometimes less formal "Kiwi" way of life is also well catered for.
Which Cunard Ship Makes the Crossing?
The cruise ship the Queen Mary 2 offers the majority of Cunard's trans-Atlantic itineraries during 2017 and 2018. Cunard describes the Queen Mary 2 as:
...the grandest, most magnificent ocean liner ever built. She’s a true heir to the timeless elegance, legacy and inspiration of the great Cunard liners of legend. You’ll notice it the moment you walk through her doors into her soaring Grand Lobby, and be awed from the first instance you experience the famous Cunard White Star ServiceSM.
Above all, the Queen Mary 2 is a true experience a step back in time to a grander era.
How Long Are You at Sea?
The trans-Atlantic itineraries are traditionally 7 days long (and it is possible to do a 14 day round trip itinerary). Some of Cunard's trans-Atlantic itineraries extend to include other ports, such as the Grand Belgian Escape which includes a night in Zeebrugge, Belgium.
If you're looking for a longer cruise experience, Cunard's World Cruises may be for you.
Is It an Expensive Cruise Holiday?
Given the quality of the cruise line, the entertainment onboard and the overall experience, the current starting price for a 7 day itinerary is under NZ$1,500*pp twin share (so under NZ$3,000 for a couple in a cabin). Indicative pricing is available on the Fine Travel website and the Fine Travel Consultant's work directly with Cunard to confirm current pricing across available cabins and suites.