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Cunard’s safety protocols for their return to service


    Sailing with confidence 

The future may be uncertain, but Cunard are doing everything they can to plan ahead to fulfil your holiday dreams, with safety as their constant priority. As the world evolves so may Cunard’s policies and procedures, but rest assured, Cunard will have every aspect of your holiday experience covered. 

    180 years of sailing with Cunard

Cunard, an enduring icon for 180 years is forging forward in 2021. Cunard is a model of perseverance over the years. The brand has witnessed world wars, previous pandemics, and more. Although it has been a challenging year for us all, Cunard is preparing for the next evolution of cruising beginning in 2021.

How is Cunard preparing for the next evolution of cruising

With the enhanced well being measures on board the Cunard ships you’ll still be able to enjoy the holiday you dreamed of, even though some aspects of your voyage may initially feel a little different. These changes are designed to protect the health of everyone on board and in the destinations visited. We hope as you return to sailing you will find these changes reassuring and easy to adjust to.

  • Before you board

All guests will be subject to testing for Covid-19 in the period before travelling and/or at the cruise terminal. If a guest tests positive for Covid-19, or if anyone in their household has any symptoms or are self-isolating in the days prior to their voyage, they will not be permitted to board.

Prior to your departure, Cunard will send you the latest public health guidance as well as pre-voyage information about mitigating the risk of Covid-19, along with a health declaration questionnaire. Please read this carefully as this will include information regarding what to expect when you arrive at the terminal, your time on board, any country specific requirements to be aware of and other relevant protocols while you are travelling with Cunard.

  • Boarding your ship

Cunard have enhanced their boarding procedures, working with their partners in the ports. In the cruise terminal you will be required to adhere to the wearing of face coverings and social distancing, in accordance with all current guidelines.

Further health screening will be conducted before you board your ship. This will include a review of your health declaration questionnaire, a temperature check and more comprehensive medical screening if required. If a guest tests positive for Covid-19, or is identified as having Covid-19-like symptoms, or if they have been exposed or potentially exposed to Covid-19 then they will not be allowed to board.

  • Cleanliness and care

Cunard have always taken pride in the cleanliness of their ships. Their enhanced measures will raise these standards even higher, ensuring all areas are inspected and cleaned even more regularly, with products proven to be effective against Covid-19. Added hand sanitiser and hand-washing stations will also be available for your comfort and wellbeing.

  • Restaurants and bars

Dining aboard one of Cunard’s Queens will always be part of what makes a voyage with Cunard so special. Going forward, you may be asked to pre-reserve a table at the restaurants and you will only be permitted to dine with your travelling group or household. Additionally, dishes in the buffets and deck grills will now be served by the waiting staff, while each of the restaurants and bars will be adapted to allow for social distancing.

  • Entertainment

Cunard will continue to offer a comprehensive programme of music, theatre and guest speakers on each of their voyages, with measures in place to ensure each performance adheres to the latest wellbeing and social distancing guidance.

  • Activities and leisure

Areas such as the spa, salon, gym, pools, casino, shops, lounges and children’s clubs will be operating but will be subject to the latest approved guidance to minimise contact, reduce the number of guests in each area, and maintain the highest levels of cleanliness. All public areas will be adapted for social distancing and lift capacity will be reduced. You may also see changes such as pre-booking come into effect in some areas of the ships for certain activities

  • Your suite or stateroom

Your stateroom steward, or butler if you’re staying in Cunard’s Queens Grill suites, will maintain your accommodation to the enhanced housekeeping standards throughout your stay. To ensure social distancing, Cunard will kindly ask that you are not in your accommodation whilst cleaning is taking place. To enhance your stateroom experience even further, Cunard will be introducing an extended complimentary room service menu for you to enjoy.

  • In port

You can still go ashore and explore the amazing ports Cunard visits, initially only with their organised and vetted shore experiences. Port transfer and organised shore experience operators will be subject to new policies and procedures to reflect the latest approved guidance in line with the on board protocols, and will comply with all local guidance relating to social distancing and face coverings, which may differ from the guidance in your home country. Temperature checks and health screening may be carried out again on re-boarding the ship.

  • Post-voyage (track and trace)

All guests and crew will need to complete a passenger locator form to adhere to the UK Government’s Track and Trace initiative. Local country initiatives may also apply at the time of sailing.

Please note:

While we want to ensure you have the Cunard holiday you’ve dreamed of, please be aware that Cunard will be significantly reducing the number of guests on their first voyages following the pause in operations.



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