The 21st century has seen cruise holidays undergo some pretty huge changes, with a shift toward family-friendly cruises and sailings to suit millennial holidaymakers. But the old world glamour of classic cruising hasn’t been totally lost: there’s one cruise line which is keeping much loved cruise traditions alive. Cunard Line, perhaps more than any other cruise company, provides their guests with an experience which incorporates the very best of old school cruising amidst the modern touches that today’s cruise fans have come to expect. To get the most out of Cunard’s charming old fashioned cruising, there are a few experiences you won’t want to miss during your time aboard. Read on for a handful of highlights to tick off your list next time you embark with Cunard.
1. Traditional Afternoon Tea
Cunard isn’t just about classic cruising. This line embodies classic English cruising in particular, and there aren’t many things more English than afternoon tea. Served each day in the Queen’s Room on all of Cunard’s ships, afternoon tea consists of sandwiches, pastries, and scones with jam and clotted cream. The tea itself is a blend created specially for Cunard by Twinings, and is refilled by white gloved staff each time your cup runs dry.
2. The Royal Spa
Cruises do indulgence and relaxation better than pretty much any other kind of holiday, so it makes perfect sense to head to the Royal Spa on a Cunard cruise, where indulgent relaxation has been refined into an art form. Enter this rejuvenation sanctum and take your pick of a generous array of treatments and therapies. From the calming vibe of the Royal Bath House to cellulite reduction and full service hair and nail treatments, this is the perfect place to treat yourself.
3. A Pub Lunch
Lunch options abound on Cunard cruises, from sit down meals at Britannia Restaurant to grab-and-go morsels at the poolside Lido Grill, but for a quintessentially Cunard experience head instead to the Golden Lion. The pub lunches here are superb, whether you opt for fish and chips with mushy peas, tikka masala or a ploughman’s. The Golden Lion’s decor perfectly evokes a classic English pub, with its dark wood panelling and warm, dim lighting - this is one venue onboard not to be missed.
4. Formal Nights
Any experienced cruise holidaymaker will know that it’s not unusual to encounter formal nights at sea, but the traditional nature of Cunard Line makes these evenings even more special. While there are areas of the ship which are exempt from the formal dress code (and you could always stay in for the night) why not play into the spirit of things and get dressed up for the occasion? Head to the Britannia Restaurant or one of the specialty dining venues to meet friends or make new ones, all kitted out in your finest.
5. Ballroom Dancing
Again, ballroom dancing is available with a number of different cruise lines, but it’s rare to find ships which have an entire area designed for and largely dedicated to dancing. The Queens Room is occasionally commandeered for things like Cunard’s afternoon tea, but most of the time this beautiful space is reserved for waltz and foxtrot, tango and salsa. Step out with a partner during the downtimes, take a dance class, or turn up for one of the dancing sessions - it’s up to you!
6. Complimentary Room Service
Sometimes the kind of luxury you’re looking for has nothing to do with Michelin menus or elaborate spa treatments, but instead just ordering tasty treats to your stateroom at any time of the day or night. With Cunard, their entire room service menu is complimentary and available 24/7. Feel like treating yourself to breakfast in bed? There’s a special menu available which lets you build your perfect breakfast from individual components. Indulging your tastebuds has never been easier.
7. The Royal Court Theatre
This isn’t just any cruise ship theatre. The Royal Court Theatre rivals many auditoriums which you’d find on land, with rich but tastefully appointed decor and features like private boxes. Book ahead and pay a little, and you could be enjoying the show from your own private area, with desserts and cocktails served up to you. Cunard veterans often speak of the cruise line’s shows as a highlight, so there’s far more to see here than just fancy architecture. Shows run twice every evening to accommodate for both the early and late dinner sittings.
Of course, these are only a select handful of the amazing experiences you’ll encounter on a Cunard cruise. To discover the true joy of traditional cruising at its best, take a look at these tempting Cunard Line sailings and start dreaming of your next luxurious journey on the waves.