Cunard has unveiled its January to May 2019 programme, named ‘Oceans of Discovery’. It includes a voyage to Alaska, representing the first time the current fleet has travelled to the destination, and the first time that the cruise line has ventured there in more than 20 years.


During this period, the line’s flagship, Queen Mary 2, and her sisters Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria, will call at 49 different countries and 109 destinations. Of these, 21 are maiden calls and new destinations include Boracay in the Philippines, Akita in Japan and Goa in India.

Other key voyage highlights for 2019 include ‘The World Voyage by Cunard’ on Queen Victoria plus the line’s only full circumnavigation during that year which will follow the classic Western Circumnavigation via the Panama Canal. Guests can select to do parts of the route through to the full 107-night experience, ending with the Indian Ocean and South Africa before returning to Southampton.

This will leave Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth with greater flexibility to travel to a mixture of destinations and itineraries.

The line is also be re-introducing a series of ten ‘old favourite’ destinations including Beijing in China, Picton in New Zealand, Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates and Chennai in India.

Alex White, vice president of sales for the cruise line, said: “It’s an exciting time for us, with a 2019 programme that offers more choice, more variety and more destinations for our guests than ever before. Whether clients want to fly and cruise, or depart from the UK, we have a blend of iconic, world-class cities and delightful destinations with cruises that cover two to 108 nights.”

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