Cunard Line has released its cruise itineraries for the rest of 2021 and 2022, with Queen Elizabeth due to cruise to and from the Middle East next year.
Queen Elizabeth will cruise from Southampton to Dubai en-route for her Asian cruise season on February 20th, and will then cruise from Dubai to Singapore or Hong Kong on March 12th, 2022.
The cruise from the UK to Dubai will visit Cadiz, Spain; Piraeus (Athens), Greece; the Suez Canal; Aqaba, Jordan; and Muscat, Oman.
Aqaba is the gateway to the iconic ruins of Petra, while Muscat is the ancient port capital of Oman. For passengers that enjoy long stretches of sea days, this cruise will spend a full six days at sea between Aqaba and Muscat.
It’s disappointing that Cunard hasn’t included port calls in Saudi Arabia on the itinerary, as the country recently opened up to cruise tourism, but this may change in the coming months.
The Dubai cruise departure on March 12th, 2022 will visit Colombo, Sri Lanka; and Langkawi and Klang (Kuala Lumpur), Malaysia, before arriving in Singapore. This 12-night itinerary can also be booked as a 20-night cruise from Dubai to Hong Kong.
During the additional 8 days, Queen Elizabeth will visit Da Nang and Halong Bay, Vietnam, before arriving in Hong Kong.
There are several dozen additional cruises being offered by Cunard Line, with all three of its ‘Queens’ visiting 49 destinations around the world on a variety of 2 to 40-night cruises.
The flagship Queen Mary 2, will resume her transatlantic crossings in November, 2021 before sailing new short breaks in Western Europe followed by three winter sailings to the Caribbean.
These winter sailings embark from Southampton, New York, Fort Lauderdale or Hamburg with overnight calls in Bridgetown and Barbados as well as port calls in St. Maarten and Dominica, St. Lucia and St. Kitts.
Queen Victoria will resume operations in April, 2022 with three new roundtrip itineraries from Southampton, visiting 11 countries and time ashore in destinations such as Copenhagen, Helsinki, Tallinn and Gdynia, along with overnight calls in Amsterdam, Lisbon and St Petersburg.
Prior to her cruise to Dubai, and from Dubai to Asia, Queen Elizabeth will sail a number of UK summer cruises, before departing on a series of new sailings from Southampton to Western Europe, the Iberian Coast and the Atlantic Islands.
Overnight port stays on these itineraries include Lisbon and Funchal as well as late departures from Malaga, offering time to experience these destinations after dark.
“We are delighted to announce these new voyages which will mark the full fleet’s return to sailing,” said Simon Palethorpe, President, Cunard Line.
“Our guests have patiently waited to sail on their favourite Cunard Queen and our 2021 and 2022 itineraries offer a variety of exciting holidays to suit all combined with the impeccable White Star Service on board that makes a Cunard voyage so memorable,” he added.
“And for an additional reason to book, guests can take advantage of complimentary upgrade to a Balcony stateroom when they book an Inside or Outside stateroom on selected voyages,” Palethorpe said.