2018 Special Events


Book one of our specially created event cruises which have been tailor-made to bring popular themes to life and further enhance your Cunard experience. These unique event cruises include expert speakers, insightful activities and exclusive events on board plus an array of related bespoke shore excursions in selected ports of call. Below is a sample of some of the event cruises we are offering.

 Hamburg Port Anniversary Voyages

Experience the city and people of Hamburg in a fascinating new light during a wonderful maritime tradition.Sail with Queen Elizabeth into the heart of the city and experience Hamburg’s famous Port Anniversary — an opportunity to celebrate all things of maritime nature. Revel in the festival’s magnificent program of entertainment on the water, in the air and on land. Continue on to the “Harbour Mile” that plays host to a vast array of local culinary specialities, shows and entertainment.


 Voyage du Vin

Queen Elizabeth sails to the Land of the Midnight Sun for dramatic scenery unmatched. This 12-night Norway cruise highlights the natural wonders of the fjords and awe-inspiring scenery featuring late sailaways from Bodo and Narvik. These sailaways showcase the natural phenomenon when the sun typically remains visible at midnight during the local summer months. This special voyage will include a photography workshop, led by an array of photographic experts including Paul Ward, Ross Hoddinott and Lord Malcolm MacGregor.

Shore Excursions

Pre-cruise Land Tour
Vineyard and Distillery Tour
Enjoy a two-night pre-cruise stay at the four-star Grand Harbour Hotel in Southampton City Centre, including breakfast. Your stay includes a full day tour to Cottonworth Vineyard with tour, tastings and lunch before a visit to the Bombay Sapphire distillery, including a gin cocktail making masterclass.

Duoro — Embarking from medieval Ribeira Quarter, admire picturesque architecture. Visit one of the wine lodges in Vila Nova de Gaia famous for port wine production, learn its history and enjoy a special wine tasting.

Galicia — Enjoy wonderful views of a Galician riverside and forest located in the Monte Aloya Natural Park. At the end of the trail, a well-deserved stop will be made at Albariño Wine Cellar to savor impressive views of the Galician landscape as you sample white wine and delicious regional tapas.

Colares — The tasting experience at Colares Winery gives you the opportunity to sample three of the wines that they produce. Leaving Colares, take a scenic drive towards the Atlantic Coast and wonderful panoramic views from Cape Roca.

 A Photographic Journey to the Land of the Midnight Sun.

Queen Victoria proudly hosts its first dedicated Voyage du Vin, calling at some of Europe’s finest wine and port destinations including Oporto, Lisbon and Vigo. It will celebrate Cunard’s recently refreshed wine list representing a cellar stocked with more than 400 wines from 23 different countries. During this sailing, you will have a unique opportunity to join the new Cunard Wine Academy, where you can elect to take the Wines and Spirits Education Trust Level 1. The Academy will also feature a bespoke series of dinners, tastings and master classes with leading Iberian wine producers and experts to satisfy the interests of oenophiles, from budding beginners to advanced enthusiasts. This special voyage includes opportunities to sip from the new Coravin™ wine pouring system, visit the United Kingdom’s leading vineyards and Bombay Sapphire Distillery and much more.A Photographic Journey to the Land of the Midnight Sun

Shore Excursions

Bergen: Beauty of Hardangerfjord: Heights and Highlights

Trondheim: Walking Tour; Heritage trail

Geiranger: Geirangerfjord Views: Roof of Norway; Mount Dalsnibba

Bodo: Saltstraumen Maelstrom; Kjerringoy Trading Post

Haugesund: Scenic Skudeneshavn; Lighthouse Walk; Rovaer Island by Boat




Fouth of July

Cruise from New York to Boston in an exciting Independence Day Celebration aboard Queen Mary 2. Begin in New York and see Saint John on the Bay of Fundy with its reversing falls phenomenon. You will stop in Boston on the 4th of July, just in time to enjoy the festivities.


Big Band Ball

Queen Elizabeth is delighted to once again host this spectacular event for dance and music lovers everywhere. Originating in the U.S. in the iconic 20s era, the big band phenomenon soon took the world by storm by creating the party of all parties. The magnificent Queens Room Ballroom will be the setting for a large orchestral ensemble. A full complement of trumpets, trombones, saxophones, rhythm section and vocalists will delight guests with a wide repertoire of arrangements from the Big Band and Swing era.



Cartoonists at Sea

Cunard and The New Yorker Promotions are pleased to present our new Cartoonists at Sea series aboard select 2018 Transatlantic Crossings from New York to London. This is a unique opportunity to join cartoonists Ben Schwartz, Matt Diffee, Emily Flake and David Sipress as they host exclusive onboard drawing sessions and workshops. Find more information on our featured cartoonists and their scheduled sailings at Cunard.com.



Fashion Week

Cunard brings Fashion Week to life on a Transatlantic Crossing aboard iconic Queen Mary 2. Take part in the glamour of this exciting event featuring some of the most reputable names on the fashion scene including Colin McDowell MBE, Hal Rubenstein, Richard Young, Hilary Alexander OBE and Gail Sackloff OBE. Join in for a dazzling array of fashion shows, exhibitions, audiences with our special guests, hosted dinners and more, arriving into New York for New York Fashion Week. This unique fashion experience aboard Cunard’s luxury flagship has become a regular annual event by popular demand.



A Journey of Genealogy

Cunard is excited to present its first ever cruise dedicated to tracing family trees, in association with Ancestry,® the premiere family history resource that opens the door to discover, preserve and share meaningful family stories. With the Transatlantic Crossing comes a wealth of history linking to the new world and personal stories of emigration, the ideal setting for a dedicated family history cruise. Ancestry experts on board will enable guests to follow their families’ journeys, learn how to trace their family history, sift through records and learn about their ethnic origins with AncestryDNA.® Discover the fascinating past of some of our guests, senior officers and crew as a new story unfolds each day. Our history is rich in international diversity and life stories, considering that one in five immigrants sailed on a Cunard liner. This sailing provides a first-hand glimpse into what makes Cunard’s history so special.



Holiday Celebration

A Cunard Christmas exudes style and sophistication. So, Christmas Eve could be toasted with a perfectly chilled bottle of Laurent Perrier Champagne in the Champagne Bar and Christmas morning celebrated with a relaxed breakfast in bed, in preparation for a lavish festive celebration over dinner. You could close the special day with a show, dancing in the Queens Room or perhaps a cocktail to toast your traveling companions’ good health. No matter where in the world you are celebrating the festive season — Europe and beyond — you will be sure to have a wonderful holiday, surrounded by Cunard Christmas traditions and good cheer.