Cunard Line Receives Honours in Porthole Cruise Magazine’s 12th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards

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1 December 2010 – Cunard Line, operator of The Most Famous Ocean Liners in the World, has once more been recognized by Porthole Cruise magazine’s luxury cruise vacation enthusiasts for offering the “Best Transatlantic Itineraries,” “Best On Board Educational Programmes,” and, for the eighth year in a row, “Best World Cruise Itineraries.” The 12th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey can be found online at www.porthole.com, as well as in the magazine’s November/December issue.

“Cunard is renowned for our legendary World Voyages and Transatlantic Crossings which offer guests a myriad of activities, including our intellectually stimulating Insights programme with its wide range of compelling topics,” said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line. “To be recognized by our loyal guests and revered industry colleagues at Porthole Cruise magazine for our services and dedication is once again most rewarding.”

“Cunard Line offers exceptional world-class itineraries and on board learning opportunities,” said Bill Panoff, publisher and editor-in-chief of Porthole Cruise magazine, the leading consumer cruise magazine. “The line’s world cruises and transatlantic itineraries have clearly led the way in the industry, and I congratulate them on their wins this year.”

The first company to offer Transatlantic voyages in 1840, Cunard’s Transatlantic Crossing remains a company hallmark, continuing into the 21st century with flagship Queen Mary 2 scheduled to sail 21 Crossings in 2011. With most voyages now seven days between New York and Southampton, eight- and nine-day extended Crossings between New York and Hamburg are also available. In addition, “Grand” voyage options are available, roundtrip from New York, combining classic European itineraries with a Crossing on either side.

Continuing the company’s legacy of the annual World Voyage they pioneered 90 years ago, Cunard Line’s 2012 World Voyage programme features the Line’s newest ship, Queen Elizabeth, and Queen Mary 2. Both will sail these legendary voyages to a combined 60 ports across 33 countries, featuring Queen Mary 2’s first circumnavigation around Australia. World Voyage itineraries in 2011 include overnights in Sydney and Hong Kong on Queen Elizabeth; and overnights in Cape Town, Hong Kong and Dubai on Queen Mary 2. These rich travel legacies, combined with the Line’s hallmarks of elegant fine dining, impeccable White Star Service and a wide variety of premier stateroom accommodations – including the award-winning Queens Grill and Princess Grill suites – provide unforgettable experiences.

Delving deeply into a variety of compelling and relevant topics, the Cunard Insights programme introduces guests to insightful experts and accomplished visionaries who reflect the Line’s heritage of adventure and prestige. Through a series of lectures, Q&A’s, social gatherings and workshops, guests connect with authors and intellectuals who have achieved notable distinction in areas including history, world affairs, science, politics, arts and literature. The Insights programme underscores Cunard’s longstanding view that on board entertainment should afford guests a stimulating and rewarding cerebral experience. Noteworthy speakers for the programme include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, pioneering entertainment journalist Rona Barrett, and award-winning film director Baz Luhrmann.

Published bimonthly by Time Warner, Porthole Cruise magazine is a respected travel publication geared to cruise and destination travelers worldwide.

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