Throughout this year, Cunard have been making important decisions to protect the wellbeing of their guests and crew, due to the ever-changing threat of Covid-19. In August, Cunard extended their pause in operations until March 2021, which they hoped would see them through the pandemic. Unfortunately, since then, added restrictions and lockdowns have returned in many countries throughout the world.
We are all encouraged by the news of emerging vaccines, and how science is helping us manage COVID-19 more effectively by the day. We can now see a path to when we will be able to travel freely once more.
However, in order to resume sailing, Cunard need confirmation of how and when travel restrictions in the UK and around the world will be lifted, and the phased approach that will need to be adopted to re-start operations.
Once they have this, Cunard will start the final logistical challenges to prepare their ships to welcome guests on board once again. Key to this will be returning their thousands of crew from around the world back to their second home on board the Queens. This will take time and Cunard operations have been extended as follows :
Queen Mary 2 will resume sailing on 04 June 2021 and Queen Elizabeth on 14 June 2021. Queen Victoria’s programme remains unaffected and she is scheduled to resume sailings on 17 May 2021.