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Cunard Line Embarkation Changes and Sailing Date Change Policy
Updated August 28, 2020 - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued an extended “no-sail” order for cruise ships operating out of U.S. ports that will remain in effect through December 13, 2020. This supersedes previous suspension of operations notices.
After very careful consideration Cunard does not feel it would be sensible to start sailing again this They We will only resume sailing when it is safe to do so, when they have the approval and accreditation for their enhanced health protocols and when they are confident that the guests can travel freely to the destinations they visit. They are therefore extending the pause in operations through to March 25, 2021 for Queen Elizabeth, April 18, 2021 for Queen Mary 2 and May 16, 2021 for Queen Victoria.
They have been assessing future itineraries and whether any should be replaced by some of the more popular voyages that have been impacted. They have taken the decision to cancel voyages on Queen Mary 2 departing between January 3, 2022 and April 3, 2022, including the 55-night escape to South America, the Norway and Northern Lights voyage and some Transatlantic Crossings.
The cancelation of these 2022 Queen Mary 2 voyages enables them to operate her most popular World Voyage from New York to Australia, via the Suez Canal. This is based on Queen Mary 2’s disrupted itinerary from this year as well as the now canceled equivalent that was due to sail in 2021.
Queen Mary 2 will embark on a classic 118-night roundtrip New York World Voyage from January to May in 2022. Sailing through the Suez Canal and back, she will journey to ports including Greece, Dubai, Sri Lanka and Singapore before reaching southeast Australia. The itinerary features overnight stays in Haifa, Dubai, Hong Kong and Sydney, plus a late night departure from Colombo.
With Queen Elizabeth having returned to the UK during the pause, and with ongoing uncertainty over the re-opening of ports and countries on her intended routes next year, it is sadly not practical to continue as planned. They are therefore canceling Queen Elizabeth’s voyages due to depart between March 26, 2021 and December 13, 2021.
Queen Elizabeth will embark on a series of European voyages ranging from three to 14 nights sailing at the end of March 2021. The new program will feature a variety of sailings from London, starting with a selection of scenic voyages around the coast of the British Isles and Ireland. Queen Elizabeth will then explore Western Europe and the Atlantic Coast, including overnight stays in Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Lisbon. Finally she will head to the Mediterranean, where she will be sailing from Barcelona to uncover the ports of Spain, Italy and France. Queen Elizabeth will be returning to Australia at the end of 2021 and Japan in spring 2022.
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