Luxury cruise line Cunard has announced it will spend a full season in Alaska from June through to September 2020 on the newly-refurbished Queen Elizabeth.
Cunard is making its long-awaited return to Alaska in May this year after a 20-year break – and due to high demand the line will more than double their program in 2020.
The expanded program will offer nine roundtrip sailings departing Vancouver, ranging from nine to 12 nights, plus a special cruise to San Francisco including an overnight stay on Independence Day.
Guests will have the opportunity to take in the breathtaking beauty of Alaska – the Great Land – with its awe-inspiring landscapes and magnificent wildlife whilst enjoying the very best in luxury on board Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth.
"We 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," Simon Palethorpe, President, Cunard said.
"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."
Each Alaska voyage will feature stunning destinations along the Northwest Pacific coast of Alaska and British Columbia including Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka and more. In addition, the voyages offer more than 120 excursions to choose from, including 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 have the opportunity to combine voyages together, including the Alaska roundtrips from Vancouver and the North Pacific Crossings to and from Tokyo.
Cunard will also continue its partnership with Rocky Mountaineer, offering pre and post cruise tours on the famous railroad.
Tours include either three or five-nights’ accommodation and two full days on board the train. The expedition travels through a spectacular array of scenery with glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, through winding river canyons, mountain passes and remarkable tunnels. Highlights include the Continental Divide, Kicking Horse Canyon, Spiral Tunnels and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon.
Guests will also be able to take advantage of the three-night pre-cruise tour ‘Vancouver and Whistler Highlights’, taking in 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.
On board Queen Elizabeth, guests can enjoy the ship’s recent refurbishment which includes a new spa concept, Mareel Wellness and Beauty, developed in partnership with industry innovator, Canyon Ranch. The spa offers 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 has had a complete technical overhaul; the Royal Arcade has been enhanced to offer an elevated shopping experience and the outdoor decks have new furniture with a new layout on the Sun