Cunard will homeport Queen Elizabeth in Southampton, sailing “British Isles scenic cruising and special Sun Voyages, sailing to wherever the sun shines brightest”, between July and October, 2021.
That’s a much more enchanting way of saying some of the Cunard Line 2021 UK cruise itineraries will be roundtrip cruises to nowhere.
There are 10 planned voyages, with four of the itineraries making port calls in Liverpool, Greenock, Invergordon, Belfast, Newcastle as well as a maiden call for Cunard’s fleet to the Welsh port of Holyhead.
These are the longer 12-night voyages, while the much shorter four-night cruises will feature scenic sailings along Britain’s coastline including The Jurassic Coast, England’s only natural UNESCO world heritage site, Cornwall including Land’s End and Scotland including the Isle of Arran, Mull of Kintyre and Sound of Mull.
The unusual short, roundtrip, portless cruises from the UK (for Cunard) will give passengers who otherwise cannot afford a Cunard cruise the chance to experience the cruise line’s iconic exquisite fine dining, onboard spa and spectacular entertainment.
Four-night scenic British Isles Voyages are priced from £599 per person for a Balcony Stateroom, while a 10-night British Isles Voyage will start at £1,299 per person for a Balcony Stateroom. Seven-night Sun Voyages are priced from £899 per person for a Balcony Stateroom.
“Cunard’s Summer at Sea luxury UK voyages are a truly unique way for guests to have a much-needed break this summer,” said Simon Palethorpe, President, Cunard Line.
“With international travel not yet fully opened up, we’re delighted to offer these voyages exclusively for British guests to experience a staycation unlike any other, as they relax in Cunard luxury knowing we will take care of everything,” he added.
“Guests can sail along some of the most stunning coastlines anywhere in the world, as Queen Elizabeth provides a unique vantage point, or sail on one of our Sun Voyages where the destination is unscripted and is guided by studying the weather forecast and heading to where the sun shines brightest,” said Palethorpe.
Cunard Line has indicated that given the advanced progress of the UK vaccination program, and strongly expressed preference on the part of its guests for this limited series of UK coastal cruises, these sailings on Queen Elizabeth will be for UK resident COVID-19 vaccinated guests only.
All guests and crew will be required to follow enhanced health and wellbeing measures to protect everyone on board on these cruises. These have been developed with guidance from global medical and public health experts and scientists and in close coordination with UK government agencies.
The protocols include enhanced sanitation measures, appropriate social distancing and the wearing of masks in certain areas of the ship. Crew will also undergo a strict testing and quarantine regime as well as regular testing during their time onboard.