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What are Cunard's Special Voyages and why they are not to be missed.

Updated: Aug 30, 2023

For centuries, the allure of travel by sea has captured the imaginations of adventurers and wanderers alike. In this fast-paced world, where time is a precious commodity, the concept of a leisurely voyage has been revitalized by Cunard Cruise Lines. This renowned company, with a rich maritime history spanning over a century, has been offering unforgettable experiences through its Special Voyages. Whether you dream of exploring distant lands or seeking to relive the golden era of ocean travel, Cunard's Special Voyages promises to take you on a journey of a lifetime.

One of the distinctive features of Cunard's Special Voyages is their thematic approach. These voyages cater to a variety of interests, making each journey an extraordinary affair. Whether you are a history buff, an avid foodie, or an aspiring artist, Cunard's special themes have something for everyone.


1) Literature Festival at Sea 2023

November 19 - 26, 2023

This cruise, is curated by the programming team of The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival. The goal is to bring the spirit of the festival onboard.

This 7-day transatlantic voyage includes bestselling authors Lynda La Plante, Kate Mosse and Anthony Beevor; journalists Julia Wheeler, Daniel Finkelstein and Alex Clark; literary agent Luigi Bonomi; and former Home Secretary and author Alan Johnson, to name just a few. Start your morning with a daily dose of the news from The Times journalists, before losing yourself in thought-provoking conversation at workshops, Q&A sessions, and speaker events that cover all manner of subjects, both fact and fiction.

Listen as literary greats discuss books, art, film, history, and politics, and meet your favorite writers at intimate book signings. Find bookish delights around every corner on this voyage that promises to both elevate and inspire.

AS OF TIME OF PUBLISHING ARTICLE: ALL sold except; Balcony staterooms available for $2,462.84 CAD. Oceanview & Inside also still available.


Symphony at sea & The Royal Shakespeare Company

September 11 - 18, 2023

Immerse yourself in the exquisite world of classical music on this Event Voyage brought to you by eminent maestro Anthony Inglis, conducting the UK’s National Symphony Orchestra. Delight in an opportunity to watch two superb performances while gaining a fascinating insight into the world of this celebrated and charismatic conductor.

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) was founded by Peter Hall in 1961, and has built a global reputation with performances of works by Shakespeare and his contemporaries in the UK and around the world. On these special voyages, guests can enjoy exclusive theatrical scenes and classic performances on stage and on screen, as well as take part in workshops and Q&As.

AS OF TIME OF PUBLISHING ARTICLE: Only inside cabins left, so get in touch now!


Festival of Food and Wine 2023

September 22–29, 2023, Queen Mary 2

Indulge in a truly unparalleled experience on our first ever Festival of Food & Wine, in association with The Times and The Sunday Times. Be inspired by experts from the culinary world, including Chef Michel Albert Roux, legendary two-Michelin-starred Chef Patron at Le Gavroche, plus other eminent guests.

Legendary chef Michel Albert Roux is the two-Michelin-starred Chef Patron at Le Gavroche. During a career spanning over 40 years, he has opened multiple restaurants, including Roux at Parliament Square and two restaurants at The Langham, London. He has presented numerous television shows including MasterChef: The Professionals. After deciding to follow in his father Albert Roux OBE’s footsteps, Michel left school at 16 for the first of several apprenticeships at Maître Patissier, Hellegouarche in Paris. He was then Commis de Cuisine at Alain Chapel’s signature restaurant at Mionay, which he cites as his biggest influence. He also worked at Boucherie Lamartine and Charcuterie Mothu in Paris, and the Gavers Restaurant in London.

Will Lyons

Described by Spectator magazine as having one of the finest palates in Britain, Will Lyons is an award-winning wine writer and Sunday Times wine columnist. For more than a decade, he has published a weekly column on wine, formerly in The Wall Street Journal and now in The Sunday Times. His humorous, informed, down-to-earth writing has been recognized in both the Glenfiddich Food and Drink Awards and the Roederer Wine Writers’ Awards. He began his career in London as a wine merchant in St. James’s for Justerini & Brooks, where he developed a love for the classic wines of Europe. He has written for a variety of publications, including The Scotsman, The Australian, Scotland on Sunday, The Reader’s Digest, The Spectator, Financial News and Decanter.

Le Gavroche at The Verandah

For the first time two Michelin-starred Chef Patron, Chef Michel Albert Roux will bring the exquisite cuisine of Le Gavroche to sea with a series of takeover evenings at The Verandah. A seven-course feast for the senses awaits, with optional wine pairings chosen by Head Sommelier at Le Gavroche, Rémi Cousin. This experience promises to be an unforgettable occasion for lovers of fine dining.


Great Australian Culinary Voyage 2024

January 5 - 12, 2024

Returning for seconds, the 2024 edition of the Great Australian Culinary Voyage will depart Melbourne with fresh flavors and a new roster of special guest foodies, including one of Australia's most celebrated female chefs, Karen Martini.

Good food. Fine wine. Unforgettable company.

Setting sail in January 2024, Cunard’s Great Australian Culinary Voyage offers a unique opportunity. Indulge your love of all things food and wine while at the same time enjoying a summer voyage on Queen Elizabeth.

This seven-night sailing from Melbourne, visiting Hobart and Adelaide, celebrates everything that’s special about Australia’s culinary scene. Listen and learn as some of Australia’s most loved chefs, producers, and food critics shine a spotlight on the wonders of Australian cuisine.

Taste exceptional dishes. Learn about local produce. Sample beautiful wines. You can also make the most of chances to immerse yourself in the local food scene on one of our Shore Experiences. Plus, the icing on the cake: treat your taste buds to an explosion of flavor with exclusive dishes created by talented Australian food icons, including Karen Martini. This voyage is set to be one you’ll never forget.


Sporting Greats & Wellness Voyage

February 12-20th, 2024

During a 7-night round trip sailing from Sydney, delight in candid talks from legends of the Australian sporting world as they detail their highs and lows, motivations, and career-defining moments. Discover wellness on board Queen Elizabeth with deck games, dance and fitness classes, or the blissful Mareel Wellness and Beauty spa. Meeting sports legends and hear their thrilling stories, and stay active through fitness and dance classes.

Britannia Club Balcony

From$2,676.66pp (Other room pricing available)


Big Band Ball

May 5th - 14th, 2024

Southern Japan

Inspired by the iconic big bands of the 1930s and 1940s, Cunard’s Big Band Ball combines hugely talented musicians from venues across the ship, with some special guest musicians from the UK Big Band scene, to create a swinging 17-piece orchestra that will perform a variety of Big Band classics in the Queens Room for one very special evening.

The orchestra’s vocalist will add material drawn from the catalogs of Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan and The Rat Pack, and modern performers such as Michael Bublé, Jamie Cullum and Harry Connick Jr.

Britannia Club Balcony

From$4,284.14pp (Other room pricing available)


There you have it. From food to music, to sports to ballet, there is something for everyone.

Space sells out on these fast so get in touch!

Let us know in the notes section which voyage you are interested in.

Happy sailing.

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