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Day 1
Southampton, UK, England

Southampton’s location, at the foot of the United Kingdom, offers an ideal point from which to embark on a cruise out of the UK. With a total of four terminals, the city can accommodate some of the largest cruise vessels in the industry. With fantastic shopping opportunities and a large number of museums and art galleries, Southampton is a cosmopolitan city with a lot to offer visitors as well as those arriving in the area prior to embarking on a cruise.

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Day 5
Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain

Lanzarote is the northernmost and easternmost of the Canary Islands and is home to a number of unique volcanic landmarks that paint an image of the island’s origins. The Timanfaya National Park is made up of a volcanic landscape that has not changed since the last eruption on the island, in the early 18th century. This fascinating area covers a quarter of the island’s surface and offers an insight into the natural history of Lanzarote. Alternatively, make the most of the glorious weather by relaxing on one of the many superb golden beaches.

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Day 6
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria – also commonly known as Las Palmas – is not only the largest city in Gran Canaria, but also the largest city of the Canary Islands. Following a recent study on climatology at Syracuse University, in New York, it was found that Las Palmas de Gran Canaria enjoys the “best climate in the world”. The best way to fully appreciate the local weather is to head to the Playa de Las Canteras – a 4km beach considered to be one of the finest urban beaches on earth.

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Day 7
Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Tenerife is the largest island of the Canary Islands and is home to a number of fabulous golden beaches and fascinating natural landmarks. Due to its location, just off of the western coast of Africa, the year-round temperature rarely drops below the high teens, creating perfect conditions for a spot of sun-kissed relaxation. One of the most instantly recognisable landmarks of the island is El Teide, which is the third highest volcano in the world when measured from its base on the ocean floor. A cable car ride to the top of this UNESCO World Heritage Site will give you a deeper understanding of the volcano, while also offering fabulous views over the island.

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Day 8
Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain

Lanzarote is the northernmost and easternmost of the Canary Islands and is home to a number of unique volcanic landmarks that paint an image of the island’s origins. The Timanfaya National Park is made up of a volcanic landscape that has not changed since the last eruption on the island, in the early 18th century. This fascinating area covers a quarter of the island’s surface and offers an insight into the natural history of Lanzarote. Alternatively, make the most of the glorious weather by relaxing on one of the many superb golden beaches.

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Day 9
Madeira, Madeira, Portugal

Situated just north of the Canary Islands is the Portuguese island of Madeira – a sub-tropical island known for its lush green and mountainous landscapes. This unique island is a nature-lover’s paradise, with volcanic caves, lava tubes, botanical gardens, and one of the world’s highest ocean cliffs all to be explored and admired. The island is also perfect for anyone looking to catch a glimpse of the local wildlife including a range of birds and a plethora of marine life in the surrounding waters.

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Day 11
Cadiz, Spain

The Spanish city of Cadiz sits in an enviable position on a peninsula on the southwestern coast of Spain. It is almost entirely surrounded by water, which has paved the way for some excellent urban beaches. Cadiz is thought to be one of the oldest cities in Western Europe, having been discovered by Phoenician sailors around 3,000 years ago and it has always played a significant role as a seaport and trading post. During the 18th century, Spain’s galleons explored the world from Cadiz and many of the city’s historic look-out towers and weathered old buildings remain today. The city is home to some magnificent architecture including the Cathedral and churches of Santa Cruz and San Felipe Neri. It is here that Spain defied Napoleon’s siege and established a provisional government with its own liberal constitution. Cadiz provides an ideal point of access for the Guadalquivir River and the Doñana National Park.

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Day 12
Lisbon, Portugal

Built on seven hills, the Portuguese capital of Lisbon shares a similar status to the Italian city of Rome and the Turkish city of Istanbul. This vibrant and cultural city has much to offer to the discerning visitor, with many beautiful gardens, stunning architectural wonders, and cultural relics such as the traditional trams which have operated in Lisbon since the 1930’s. Head to Cine Theatro Gymnasium if you get the chance, as this is where you will be able to experience a daily performance of Fado – a distinctive Portuguese style of music that has gained UNESCO World Heritage status.

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Day 14
La Coruna, Spain

Situated in the Galicia region of north-west Spain, the city of La Coruña – also known as A Coruña – has become a centre for tourism. The city receives in excess of 60 cruise ship visits per year and, upon arrival, it is easy to understand why. A charming city square blends with relics such as the City Hall and a statue of the local heroine, Maria Pita. Many come to La Coruña, however, for its range of famed golden beaches which include Orzan and Riazor – both of which are situated in the heart of the city and are bordered by the promenade.

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Day 16
Southampton, UK, England

Southampton’s location, at the foot of the United Kingdom, offers an ideal point from which to embark on a cruise out of the UK. With a total of four terminals, the city can accommodate some of the largest cruise vessels in the industry. With fantastic shopping opportunities and a large number of museums and art galleries, Southampton is a cosmopolitan city with a lot to offer visitors as well as those arriving in the area prior to embarking on a cruise.

Sail on board Queen Elizabeth
Entertainment

Queen Elizabeth provides you with a wealth of engaging experiences to keep you entertained day and night. From spectacular theatrical performances to the excitement of the casino, there's something to keep everyone happy.

The Royal Court Theatre

The main after diner entertainment is offered in the beautiful Royal Court Theatre. Musicals, dance productions and shortened Shakespeare plays are all part of a line-up that will have you on your feet and applauding at the end.

Empire Casino

For those guests who wish to make an attempt at winning big, there are plenty of chances to get lady luck on side in the Empire Casino. Whether its poker, blackjack or roulette that’s your game of choice; there is a variety of different games to tempt you. Anyone feeling that they could benefit from some extra practice time can attend the complimentary lessons that take place regularly.

Galleries

Art connoisseurs can enjoy a choice of three galleries. Cladendon Fine Art features original artwork and lithographs by 20th and 21st century artists. Cunardia and Cunarder’s Gallery each focus on artefacts from past lines, black and white photography of famous faces and stories of those who have travelled with Cunard over the years.

Shopping

The ship features a variety of shops for those who enjoy a spot of retail therapy. Passengers can find designer brands in the Royal Arcade boutiques, pick up souvenir photographs in the Image Photo Gallery, or check out the nautical literature and memorabilia in the bookshop.

Queens Room

The wonderful Queens Room provides the opportunity to foxtrot in the largest ballroom at sea. There is no better place to hone your dancing skills than under the dramatic high ceiling with its beautiful crystal chandeliers.

Royal Night Theme Balls

Royal night themed balls in the magnificent Queens Room Ballroom are your chance to don your formal dancing attire and take to the floor in a sea of glittering ball gowns and tuxedos accompanied by sounds from the marvellous orchestra.

Yacht Club

The Yacht Club was one of the liveliest areas of the iconic QE2 vessel and with this area bearing the same name you can expect a similar environment. As the sun goes down, guests can make their way here to dance the night away on the compass-shaped dance floor or enjoy a few cocktails at the tables surrounding it.

The Commodore Club

Comfortable leather chairs and views to rival those from any other vantage point on the ship are the main draws of the Commodore Club. The resident pianist will help you relax as you prepare for dinner with a delicious aperitif in hand.

The Golden Lion

If you are looking to dine in a more relaxed and lively atmosphere then the Golden Lion will offer the perfect setting. Here you can choose from a wide selection of gastro pub classics and wash them all down with a beer, cider or glass of wine. Live sports will be shown on the screens and regular pub quizzes and karaoke nights will be taking place around you.

Cafe Carinthia

If you are yearning for somewhere to sit and relax with a coffee in hand then Café Carinthia will be waiting for you. Here you can observe many of the goings on throughout the ship, as people come and go through the grand lobby. You can also enjoy one of a range of sumptuous pastries while you take a minute to yourself.

The Garden Lounge

This seating area is flooded with light thanks to the ceiling to floor windows that surround you. The décor and general feel of the space is inspired by the botanical gardens at Kew in London, and the lounge provides the setting for one-off events such as the entertaining 'supper clubs' that combine dinner and dancing.

Enrichment

Enrichment programs and lectures on contemporary and classical subjects are popular features on Cunard cruises. Queen Elizabeth covers a wide range of activities from ballroom dancing to computing lessons.

Cunard Insights

Explore a number of historical and contemporary issues presented by a wide range of speakers. These can include explorers, academics, former ambassadors and politicians as well as historians and scientists, novelists, biographers and award winning actors and film makers.

Book Club

The Cunard Book Club offers the opportunity for thought-provoking literary discussions among guests during each voyage. It is led by the Librarian who will provide a short history of the author and lead the discussion.

Cunard ConneXions

You can fill each day with a different activity whilst on board Queen Elizabeth. Enrolling in the Cunard ConneXions enrichment programme will allow you to take part in events such as wine tasting and ballroom dancing throughout your cruise.

Computer Centre

Check your emails or just catch up on the latest news back home in Queen Elizabeth’s stylish computer room. Additional charges will apply.

Clarendon Fine Art Gallery

Stroll through this onboard art gallery as you admire works from historical greats such as Dali and Picasso, along with pieces by modern artists like Bill Mack and Howard Behrens. This is definitely one part of the ship where you could lose yourself for a while.

Cunardia

This nostalgic collection will take you on an historical tour of Cunard from the early days of the company to the present. Gaze at artefacts and images from times gone by as you learn more and more about the ship you are sailing on and the cruise line on the whole.

Cunarder’s Gallery

Want to know whose famous footprints you are treading in by sailing with Cunard? Well this collection of black and white images will tell you the story of all those recognisable faces that have sailed with the company over years.Want to know whose famous footprints you are treading in by sailing with Cunard? Well this collection of black and white images will tell you the story of all those recognisable faces that have sailed with the company over years.

Dining

A range of complimentary and speciality dining restaurants are available, with menus created by Jean-Marie Zimmermann, Cunard’s Global Culinary Ambassador. Tables for 4-8 are typical, with seating allocated prior to cruising. Limited numbers of tables for two are available on request.

Queen's Grill

This restaurant area is the epitome of Cunard’s dining experience, offering tantalising tastes and dishes that will leave you spellbound. The service is just as fantastic with waiters that answer your every beck and call but that glide around the room like they are not even there at times. If the weather is favourable then you could even choose to savour you choice from the menu in the outdoor courtyard. Guests staying in a Queens Grill Suite will receive a reserved place at this dining venue.

Princess Grill

This eating area is slightly more intimate than the Queens Grill and no less elegant. The food is equally as magical and the menu options will allow tastes, textures and vibrant colours to dance on your tongue delightfully. With a la carte dishes like 'Yellow Fin Tuna Tartare, Caviar, White Miso Dressing', 'Roast Loin of Venison, Blackberry Sauce, Pommes William, Braised Red Cabbage' and 'Coconut and Passion Fruit Cheesecake', you will be eager to return again and again to sample more of the menu options. Guests staying in a Princess Grill Suite will receive a reserved place at this dining venue.

Britannia & Britannia Club Restaurant

As you enter the Britannia Restaurant via the extravagant grand staircase, you will already be eagerly anticipating the creations that will be served up courtesy of Jean-Marie Zimmerman. Cunard's Global Culinary Ambassador’s influence is clear for all to see as you enjoy such delights as 'Confit of Duck and Foie Gras Terrine, Rhubarb and Pear Compote', 'Stuffed Chicken Breast with Figs and Stilton Mousseline, Parsley Mash and Marsala Sage Sauce' and 'Cambridge Burnt Cream Tart, Crème Chantilly'. Choose to dine at the early or later sitting to suit your preference.

The Verandah

The Verandah Grill is an area of the ship that is inspired by the original Queen Elizabeth vessel. The atmosphere here is reminiscent of that which you would have found in the Veranda Grill on this legendary ship and offers a formal alternative to dining in the main restaurants. The menu brings together a host of options from French cuisine which are produced from ingredients sourced from France itself.

The Lido Restaurant

By day the Lido restaurant is the perfect place to grab some light bites from the self-service buffet, but by night it is completely transformed. During each evening of your cruise, the dining area will become one of three temporary settings by the name of Aztec, Asado and Jasmine. These three interesting options will serve up some Mexican, South American and Asian delights respectively.

Queen's Room

The Queens Room is the setting for one of Britain's greatest traditions; afternoon tea. As the orchestra gently serenades you from out of view, white-gloved waiters will offer a stunning selection of cucumber sandwiches, light as air scones and delicious teas. This room also becomes the backdrop for ballroom dancing events in the evening.

HealthFitness

The ship features a fantastic array of health and fitness facilities for passengers that wish to stay active or relax and be pampered. These include a spa, fitness centre, games deck and sports courts.

Royal Spa

An afternoon in the Royal Spa is a great way to prepare yourself for a glamorous evening or simply pass the time during one of your sea days. There are a wide range of treatments and massages on offer that will have you feeling as good as new again in no time.

Fitness Centre

Right next to the spa you will find a well-equipped luxury gymnasium. Here you can get the pulse racing in an attempt to counteract all that wonderful food you’ve been eating. No one’s going to force you though, or frown upon you if you don’t. Use of the various machines is complimentary.

Games Deck

The Games Deck is perfect for those who like to pursue their sport at a slightly slower pace. Under the canopy, guests can take part in a quiet game of bowls or a typically English round of croquet.

Sports

If you would prefer to do your exercise outdoors, then why not head up to deck 11 and step on to centre court. On this spacious sports surface you can enjoy a game of tennis as a way of working up an appetite for dinner.

Swimming Pools

Queen Elizabeth has two alluring swimming pools that are perfect for cooling off on those warmer days; situated at both the forward and aft of Deck 9. There are also four tempting whirlpools that you can’t fail to relax in and a hydropool.

Facilities

Special Dietary Requirements

The ship can cater for the following dietary requirements on request: Vegetarian, low /no fat, low salt /no salt, lactose intolerant , dairy free, gluten free, wheat free, low cholesterol, diabetic, kosher and vegan. Passengers requiring any of the above diets should notify the Customer Contact Centre prior to sailing.

Dress Code

During the day casual shirts, shorts, trousers and beachwear are ideal. The main restaurants require a casual dress code for breakfast and lunch, however you may wear shorts in either the Kings Court (Queen Mary 2) or Lido Restaurant (Queen Victoria & Queen Elizabeth).
Evenings are split into 2 different dress codes. As a guide, these are:
Formal evening wear consisting of an evening or cocktail dress or smart trouser suit for ladies, a tuxedo, dinner jacket or dark suit for men. Passengers may wear formal national dress or military uniform if they wish.
Informal evenings would consist of a required jacket and optional tie for gentlemen, whilst ladies should wear cocktail dresses, stylish separates or equivalent.

Disabled Facilites

Fully accessible adapted cabins are available onboard the ship and some suites are also suitable for wheelchair users as the cabin door is wider and the bathroom offers a larger floor space. Assisted embarkation and disembarkation is available at some ports.

Passengers who have a disability which might mean that they require additional assistance, in particular in an emergency situation, must inform the Customer Contact Centre at the time of booking.

Smoking & E-cigarette Policy

There are dedicated areas on the ship where passengers are permitted to smoke. Smoking is not permitted in any public room, inside your cabin or on your cabin balcony (with the exception of Churchill’s Cigar Lounge, which is reserved for cigar and pipe smokers only).

Electronic cigarettes, including those which do not emit smoke, are not permitted in public areas but can be used in staterooms, balconies and designated areas of the open deck.

Age Restrictions

Children older than six months may travel with Cunard, however Transatlantic crossings have a minimum age requirement of 12 months. Guests under 16 years of age must be accompanied in the stateroom by a guest who is 16 years of age or older.

As with UK laws, the age limit for purchase and consumption of alcohol on board is 18 years of age, however, when in US waters, the age limit increases to 21.

Children

For younger cruise passengers, there are a number of facilities available to keep them entertained. Running primarily during the school holidays, kids clubs are available for children or teens travelling on Queen Elizabeth.

Night Nursery

Open between 6pm – 11pm, the Night Nursery operates on a first come, first served basis. Providing trained childcare for 12-23 month olds, parents and grandparents can drop their little ones off and enjoy an evening to themselves.

Play Zone

Designed for 2-7's, Play Zone provides a supervised play area for some of Cunard’s youngest passengers. The club features arts and crafts, books, puzzles, toys and computer games.

Kids Zone

A supervised play area for 8-12's, Kids Zone provides games, consoles, activities, arts and crafts for kids to enjoy, along with sports competitions and scavenger hunts.

Teen Zone

Providing a space for teens to relax, 13-17's can take part in team games, deck sports and tennis tournaments. Trained staff also organise pizza parties, discos, quizzes and bingo.

Deck Plans

Deck 1

  • Royal Court Theatre
  • Internet Centre
  • Grand Lobby
  • iStudy
  • Voyage Sales Office
  • Tour Office
  • Pursers Office
  • Oceanview Staterooms
  • Inside Staterooms

Deck 2

  • Royal Court Theatre (Middle)
  • Empire Casino
  • The Golden Lion Bar
  • Queen's Room
  • Queen's Arcade
  • Cunard Place
  • Library
  • Cafe Carinthia
  • The Verandah Restaurant
  • Grand Lobby
  • Britannia Restaurant (Lower)

Deck 3

  • Royal Court Theatre (Upper)
  • Shops
  • Royal Arcade
  • Art Gallery
  • Connexions
  • Cunarders' Gallery
  • Fortnum & Mason
  • Library (Upper)
  • The Alcove
  • Grand Lobby
  • Midship's Bar
  • Card Room
  • Promenade Deck
  • Images
  • Britannia Restaurant

Deck 4

  • Penthouses
  • Queens Suites
  • Princess Suites
  • Staterooms

Deck 5

  • Laundrette
  • Penthouses
  • Queen Suites
  • Princess Suites
  • Staterooms

Deck 6

  • Grand Suites
  • Penthouses
  • Princess Suites
  • Staterooms
  • Deluxe Inside Cabins

Deck 7

  • Grand Suites
  • Master Suites
  • Princess Suites
  • Penthouses
  • Staterooms

Deck 8

  • Penthouses
  • Queens Suites
  • Princess Suites
  • Staterooms

Deck 9

  • Royal Spa & Fitness Centre
  • Aerobic Area
  • Hair Salon
  • Spa Reception
  • Thermal Suites
  • Pavilion Bar
  • Hydropool
  • Pavilion Pool
  • The Garden Lounge
  • Lido Restaurant
  • Lido Pool Grill
  • Lido Pool Bar
  • Lido Pool
  • Stage
  • Whirlpools

Deck 10

  • Commodore Club
  • Royal Spa Treatment Rooms
  • Bar
  • Admiral's Lounge
  • Churchill's Cigar Lounge
  • The Yacht Club
  • Children's Outdoor Area
  • Teen's Outdoor Area
  • The Playzone
  • The Zone

Deck 11

  • Games Deck
  • The Terrace
  • The Grill's Lounge
  • The Courtyard
  • Queen's Grill
  • Princess Grill

Deck 12

 

  • The Grill Terrace Area
Accommodation Types

Queens Grill Suites

Queens Grill takes everything that is so wonderfully indulgent about the Grills Experience and raises it to exalted new heights. Luxuriate in your own secluded haven featuring marble bathrooms and whirlpool baths. Guests dine at a reserved table in the single seating Queens Grill Restaurant.

These suites are named after Commodore Sir Arthur Rostron, Commodore Sir Edgar Britten, Commodore Sir Ivan Thompson and Commodore Sir James Bisset.

Suites include: Butler and concierge service, Champagne and strawberries on embarkation, priority embarkation/disembarkation and luggage delivery, exclusive access to The Grills Lounge, nightly turndown service, pillow concierge, fresh flowers and fruit daily, personalised stationery, atlas and books, fully stocked bar and pre-dinner canapés.

Master Suites

Queens Grill takes everything that is so wonderfully indulgent about our Grills Experience and raises it to exalted new heights. Luxuriate in your own secluded haven featuring marble bathrooms and whirlpool baths. Guests dine at a reserved table in the single seating Queens Grill Restaurant.

These suites are named after Commodore Sir James Charles and Commodore Sir Cyril Illingworth.

Penthouses

Penthouses feature living and dining area with large balcony. The entrance and dining areas feature seating for four and there is a fully-stocked bar and guest bath. Both the bedroom and living room connect to a teak balcony. 

Queens Suites

Each Queen suite features a large balcony, spacious living area, dressing room and bathroom with separate shower and whirlpool bath. Original art graces the walls.The sitting area includes a sofa and dual-height coffee table that can be extended to a dining table. The bedroom area features a king-size bed and a separate dressing area with walk-in wardrobes. 

Princess Suites

Choose a Princess Grill suite and you can dine whenever you like between 6:30pm and 9pm in the exclusive Princess Grill restaurant. Princess Grill suites feature separate sleeping and living areas and your own private balcony. You can even choose one of nine style of pillow from the concierge menu for a sound night’s sleep.

Britannia Balcony Stateroom

At any time of the day your luxury stateroom provides a welcome enclave of comfort and good taste. Wrap yourself in the soft bathrobe, ease into your slippers, then settle down to a film on your TV or watch the world go by from your balcony. Guests dine at a reserved table for either early or late dining in the Britannia Restaurant.

Oceanview Staterooms

At any time of the day your Britannia oceanview stateroom provides a welcome enclave of comfort and good taste. Wrap yourself in the soft bathrobe, ease into your slippers, then settle down to a film on your TV. Our turndown service sets the tone for a comfortable night's sleep. Guests dine at a reserved table for either early or late dining in the Britannia Restaurant.

Inside Staterooms

The Britannia inside staterooms are anything but ordinary. The smallest is more like a "deluxe" guest room on other cruise ships. And they're beautifully decorated with fine prints on the walls, soft colours on the sofas and coverlets and turndown service when it's time to retire. Guests dine in the Britannia Restaurant with a choice of an early or late sitting.

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