Cunard Line Returns to Alaska

Luxury cruise line makes rare calls in Alaska By: Kenneth Shapiro
Alaska will see the first Cunard ship in 20 years. // © 2017 Getty Images
Alaska will see the first Cunard ship in 20 years. // © 2017 Getty Images

The Details

Cunard Line

In 2019, Cunard Line will sail to Alaska, marking the first time in 20 years that the cruise line has offered sailings in the state. Queen Elizabeth will sail from Japan to Alaska in May 2019, then remain in the region through June 2019, featuring four 10-night roundtrip 

Vancouver, British Columbia, sailings. Bookings are now available.

Why It Matters:
Cunard is known for having a loyal following who will surely be interested in the possibility of being able to experience the line’s luxury in a destination that offers so many unique adventure opportunities. Alaska is a hot cruise destination these days, so Cunard’s sailings should provide travel agents with a winning combination. 

Fast Facts:
- After its time in Alaska, the Queen Elizabeth will transport passengers down the West Coast of the U.S. — with stops in San Francisco and Los Angeles — through the Panama Canal to New York, Iceland and the British Isles. 

- Queen Elizabeth will visit Los Angeles for a rare overnight stay on July 4, 2019. 

- Rocky Mountain Rail Land Tours through the Canadian Rockies are offered pre- and post-Alaska cruise, including three or five nights’ accommodation and two full days onboard the train. 

What They Are Saying:
“Cunard is thrilled to make our return to Alaska with our youngest ship, Queen Elizabeth,” said Josh Leibowitz, senior vice president for Cunard North America. “Our guests can now explore the region on the best itinerary in Alaska — four 10-night roundtrip Vancouver sailings, with more time in port and opportunities to visit the natural wonders of Tracy Arm Fjord and Hubbard Glacier.”

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