Cunard has just announced that it will spend a full season in Alaska from June through to September in 2020 onboard Queen Elizabeth.
This will mark the line’s long-awaited return to Alaska after a twenty year break!
The success of the 2019 programme has led to Cunard doubling the number of voyages in the region for 2020.
This expanded programme will offer ten roundtrip sailings departing Vancouver, ranging from nine to twelve nights, plus one very special cruise to San Francisco including an overnight stay on Independence Day.
Cunard guests will experience the beauty of Alaska with its landscapes second to none and magnificent wildlife whilst being treated to luxury onboard Queen Elizabeth.
“We have had an incredible response to Cunard reinstating voyages to the beautiful Alaska frontier and are delighted to be offering more than double the number of Cunard sailings for 2020.
Guests will sail on the newly refurbished Queen Elizabeth visiting the most incredible landscapes and Alaskan towns, with longer time in port to enjoy these inspiring and breathtaking destinations” said Simon Palethorpe, President, Cunard.
Each Alaska voyage will feature destinations along the Northwest Pacific coast of Alaska and British Columbia including Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka and more.
There will be more than 120 excursions to choose from including the awe-inspiring scenic cruising in the narrow waterways of the Inside Passage, the Hubbard Glacier and Sawyer Glacier’s twin fjords, Tracy Arm and Endicott Arm.
Guests will be able to combine voyages together, including the Alaska roundtrips from Vancouver and the North Pacific Crossings to and from Tokyo.
The 2020 voyages include:
-Alaska roundtrip from Vancouver: 10 nights from June 22nd-July 2nd
-Independence Day Celebration, Vancouver to San Francisco with an overnight in port: 3 nights from July 2nd-5th
-San Francisco to Vancouver: 16 nights from July 5th-21st
-Vancouver to Tokyo: 29 nights from August 29th-September 27th
Cunard is continuing its partnership with Rocky Mountaineer with pre and post cruise tours on the famous railroad.
Tours will include either three or five nights’ accommodation and two full days on board the train.
The expedition travels through an unbelievable array of scenery with glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, through winding river canyons, mountain passes and remarkable tunnels.
Highlights for guests will include the Continental Divide, Kicking Horse Canyon, Spiral Tunnels and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon.
It also includes seeing the best of Vancouver including Grouse Mountain and Stanley Park, and a full day in Whistler and Shannon Falls via the Sea-to-Sky Corridor.
Queen Elizabeth’s new refurbishment has brought a new spa concept to guests: Mareel Wellness and Beauty; it was developed in partnership with industry innovator, Canyon Ranch.
The new spa offers a holistic approach with a focus on the healing energy of the sea, with an extensive new treatment menu with mineral-rich seawater and marine-based experiences as well as a redesign of the entire spa facility.
In addition, many public spaces, bars and lounges have been updated and all Grill Suites and Britannia Staterooms have new carpets and soft furnishings.
The Royal Court Theatre had a complete technical overhaul with the Royal Arcade now offering an elevated shopping experience and the outdoor decks have new furniture with a new layout on the Sun Deck.
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