For the first time in more than two decades, Cunard has announced that it will return to Alaska in 2019. Queen Elizabeth will sail back to the regions icy ports in May 2019, remaining there through June for her first season.
Itineraries will feature cruises through the Inside Passage amidst dramatic waterfalls and illustrious landscapes. Plus, guests can experience the gold rush excitement of Skagway and Juneau or the Russian charm of Sitka.
Cunard’s Marketing Vice President, Angus Struthers, said:
“We’re thrilled to make our return to Alaska, one of the world’s must-see destinations. As the majestic Queen Elizabeth undertakes her first seasons there, our guests can explore the region with highlights including the natural wonders of Tracy Arm Fjord and the Hubbard Glacier.”
The voyages, beginning in 2019, will sail from Japan to Alaska before travelling down the West Coast of the United States, through the Panama Canal to New York and then on to Iceland and the British Isles.
Once in Alaska, Queen Elizabeth will offer four 10-night round-trip Vancouver sailings within May and June 2019. The 2,092-passenger ship will include six new ports to visit, including Kodiak, Juneau, Ketchikan, Icy Strait Point and Victoria. With excursions including the Rocky Mountain Rail Land tour on selected sailings, offered both pre and post-cruise (and including three or five nights’ accommodation and two full days aboard the train), journeying through the spectacular scenery and snowy peaks of the Canadian Rockies.
Josh Leibowitz, Senior VP of Cunard North America, said:
“Our guests can now explore the region on the best itinerary in Alaska – four-night round-trip Vancouver sailings with more time in port and opportunities to visit the natural wonders.”
After launching in 2010, Queen Elizabeth is Cunard’s newest vessel and boasts a plethora of luxe features including a spa, world-class dining and exceptional entertainment. The ship is the perfect combination of elegance and charm; a perfect base for exploring Alaska from your balcony.