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Celebrate 50 Years Of The QE2 With Cunard

Whilst the story of the QE2’s retirement (which you can read in this blog post) is a sad and frustrating one for cruise lovers, it doesn’t change the fact that she was an iconic, magnificent vessel that deserves to be celebrated. For almost 40 years she sailed from Cunard, operating round the world itineraries as well as the famous transatlantic crossings between New York and Southampton. She is still remembered fondly by those who were lucky enough to take a trip on board her decks and revered by those who may have never experienced her first hand but admired her from afar all the same.


So, to celebrate the fact that it has been 50 years since this emblematic liner was christened by Queen Elizabeth II, Cunard are hosting an anniversary cruise on board her namesake Queen Elizabeth later in 2017. Queen Elizabeth was launched in 2010 with the aim of continuing the legacy of this royal name and bringing joy to a brand new generation of cruisers.

Celebrating Half A Century

The celebratory cruise departs from Southampton on the 8th of September will take guests on a 17 night exploration of some of the Mediterranean’s most popular ports. You will visit Gibraltar, Seville, Sicily, Dubrovnik, Corfu, Split and Venice, whilst also having the chance to lap up the luxury on board during a number of sea days. Excursion highlights include the chance to see Mount Etna up close, kayak around the iconic city walls of Dubrovnik and experience a private after hours tour of St Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace in Venice.

Back on board, there are many special events on this cruise that will help commemorate 50 years of Queen Elizabeth 2. Along with a delicious gala dinner on the 20th of September, the actual date the QE2 was christened, there will be some on board speakers keen to share their stories of the great ship with the guests. From maritime historian, Chris Frame, to former captain of the QE2, Commodore Warwick, there will be plenty of reminiscing about the period when the vessel rules the waves.

Venice, Dubrovnik, Seville and Gibraltar

As the newest liner in the fleet, Queen Elizabeth is home to some fantastic facilities, no matter how you like to spend your time at sea. There are nine different dining areas, including the white-gloved afternoon teas served in the Queens Room; the Royal Court Theatre, which hosts extravagant performances every night; and a substantial spa and fitness area to help balance out the amazing food you’ll be enjoying.

If you would like to book your place on this special anniversary cruise, or any of our other Cunard cruises, contact our knowledgeable team today.

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