VALENCIA, CA – February 15, 2007 – As Queen Mary 2 continues to significantly expand her presence in New York, Cunard Line announces an extended series of 12 ten-day voyages to the Caribbean from the Big Apple, as well as two 13-day sailings to Panama and the Caribbean and a 14-day Caribbean Celebration voyage featuring Christmas Day at sea and New Year’s Eve in the port of St. Thomas. Like Queen Mary 2’s legendary Transatlantic crossings, these voyages resonate with the singular elegance and sophistication of a Cunard ocean liner experience. In addition, the ship’s faster speed allows her to sail farther south than other ships out of New York, affording more Southern Caribbean port stops, such as Barbados, on ten-day voyages.
Offering easier access than ever from her homeport of New York, the 2007 – 2008 itineraries showcase an array of less-traveled ports while delivering a more glamorous experience. Cunard voyages are renowned for their luxurious surroundings, exceptional dining and signature White Star ServiceSM. These signature services, together with the opportunity to explore and discover alongside like-minded travelers, result in a thrilling experience for first-time and longtime cruisers.
“With our 2007-2008 New York-based Caribbean itineraries, we’re offering seamless access for those residing in the Northeast to experience the already iconic Queen Mary 2 adventure plus coveted, leisurely sea days that are a hallmark of Cunard voyages,” said Carol Marlow, president of Cunard Line.
In 2007 and 2008, Cunard will offer more than a dozen Caribbean voyages sailing roundtrip from New York. Ranging in length from ten to 14 days, these journeys include:
Connoisseur’s Caribbean – A total of 12 departures (from Oct. 31, 2007 – April 6, 2008) featuring ten days with stops in the picturesque ports of Tortola, St. Kitts, Barbados, St. Lucia and St. Thomas.
Caribbean Celebration – A 14-day voyage departing Dec. 20, coinciding with the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, with stops in Tortola, St. Maarten, Curacao, Grenada, Barbados, Dominica, St. Kitts and St. Thomas.
Panama and the Caribbean – Two 13-day voyages departing Feb. 2 and March 24, 2008, with stops in Costa Rica, Panama, Curacao, Bonaire, St. Lucia and St. Thomas.
Whether their interests lie in marine life, history, architecture or cuisine, guests plying the crystal waters of the Caribbean will find numerous diversions ashore. For nature enthusiasts, Bridgetown, Barbados is of tremendous appeal. Popular attractions that showcase the island’s abundant tropical flora include Flower Forest, Orchid World and Andromeda Gardens. Historians enjoy a tour of Gun Hill, a former British lookout post, and Sunbury Plantation House, a 300-year-old sugar estate. In the picturesque colonial city of Basseterre, St. Kitts, the 17th century Brimstone Hill Fortress affords magnificent views of the coast and neighboring Caribbean islands. Other popular stops include Romney Gardens, and its well-known batik studio, and Mt. Liamuiga, the island’s highest peak. In Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, guests can explore this popular U.S. Virgin Islands port both above and below the sea. Its close proximity to St. John (home to the Virgin Islands National Park) makes it ideal for hiking eco-tourists while sun-bathers enjoy unwinding on Magens Bay, considered one of the world’s ten most beautiful beaches. Blackbeard’s Castle, shopping in Charlotte Amalie and Coral World are other popular shore excursions.
Fares for Queen Mary 2’s 2007-2008 Caribbean voyages start from $1,499 per person, based on double occupancy.
Onboard Queen Mary 2, guests dance the night away in the Queens Room – the largest ballroom at sea – and enjoy Caribbean-themed balls during voyages to the region. Guest also revel in extravagant musical productions in spacious theatres, enjoy the vast selection of 8,000 books in the largest library at sea, take a ride through the Cosmos in the only planetarium at sea, engage in stimulating activities and fascinating lectures, and savor superb gourmet dining prepared by world-class chefs.