Cunard has unveiled its 2016 main programme of cruises for sailings between May and December.
The schedule includes calls at 34 countries, including five maiden calls, for Cunard’s Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth.
The five maiden calls are: Gaspe (Canada), Genoa (Italy), Pointe-a-Pitre (Guadeloupe), Saguenay (Canada) and Stornoway.
Other highlights of the programme include overnight stays in Boston, Reykjavik, Istanbul, Quebec and Venice among others.
There will also be opportunities for passengers to attend the Verona Opera festival in the summer, with events taking place in a 30,000 capacity ancient Roman ampitheatres.
“Cunard’s 2016 main programme offers incredible richness and variety, with itineraries that appeal to all,” said Angus Struthers, Cunard director. “From three-night short European breaks to more exotic 24- night Caribbean cruises, with cruises departing from the comfort of our home port, Southampton, to fly cruising in the Mediterranean, all on board our iconic three ship fleet.
“And, of course, our flagship, Queen Mary 2, as the world’s greatest liner, will continue to provide an experience that is truly unique in travel – our Transatlantic Crossings to or from New York.
“Research has shown that it is important to strike the right balance between port days and sea days on any cruise. This is even more important on a Cunard cruise because the ships are a destination in themselves. The 2016 itineraries have been designed to offer plenty of time on board for passengers to relax and experience all the ships have to offer.
“All Cunard cruises in 2016 have a sea day on the first day of the voyage so that passengers can settle in and familiarise themselves with the ship; the majority of the cruises also have a sea day on the day before disembarkation to allow passengers time to relax and pack before leaving.
“The destinations visited are one of the main reasons why people choose to take a cruise. The most iconic destinations all share qualities exemplified by Cunard such as history, glamour, romance and renown. Our 2016 cruises focus on our top-rated ports, which continually receive the highest scores for customer satisfaction, and passengers can visit Unesco World Heritage Sites such as the Pier Head in our ‘spiritual’ home in Liverpool where the magnificent Cunard Building stands. The Building celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2016 and we’re delighted Queen Elizabeth will be calling at Liverpool to salute this icon.”
Further information about Cunard, Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth can be found at www.cunard.co.uk