Cunard Returns to Alaska This Year and Next With A Winner of a Ship

The Grand Lobby aboard Cunard Line’s Queen Elizabeth. Photo © 2019 Aaron Saunders

In late May, I had the opportunity to visit Cunard

elegant Queen
during one of her first stops in Vancouver
as part of her maiden season in Alaska.

This is the first year that Queen Elizabeth has been to British Columbia or Alaska, and the
first return of Cunard to the region in recent memory. From all indications, it
looks like Cunard is set to make a big splash on the West Coast; in many ways, Queen Elizabeth is the embodiment of the
perfect Alaska ship, one that blends open deck space with picture-perfect views
from nearly every public room.

Queen Elizabeth at Vancouver’s Canada Place Cruise Terminal on Friday, May 31, 2019. Photo © 2019 Aaron Saunders

Coming onboard on a beautiful Friday afternoon, I was
pleased to find the ship in spotless condition. After so many memorable
crossings aboard Cunard’s legendary flagship, Queen Mary 2, I found Queen
exudes a similar elegance while still managing to retain its own
distinctive style.

Fans of classic-looking vessels will love Queen Elizabeth. Although she is based on
the Vista Class platform originally crafted for Holland America Line, Queen Elizabeth makes great use of this
slightly modified design, which manages to house a three-storey atrium; a
three-level main theatre; a two-storey Queens Lounge ballroom; and the bi-level
shopping arcade that houses gift shops on Deck 3 and a small casino and
expanded Golden Lion Pub on Deck 2.

The latter is particularly interesting. It better
replicates the feel of an English local than its counterpart on Queen Mary 2 (which is no less clubby)
with its dark exposed ceiling beams and walls of glass. It’s a bit like the
Wheelhouse Bar on Princess Cruises’ Grand Class (Cunard and Princess share some
interior design teams), but modified for a distinctly Cunard look and feel.

Complimentary pub lunch has always been a favorite
pastime of mine on Cunard, and the line now takes things one step further by
offering a complimentary Pub Dinner. Dinner offers a different menu than
lunchtime, with selections such as:

  • Giant
    “Yorkie” Filled with Cheddar and Cumberland Shallot Chutney
  • Baked
    Mac and Cheese
  • Tandoori
    Spiced Dorset Lamb Shank
  • Free-range
    Fried Hens Egg with Forest Mushrooms on Toasted Country Bread

In Alaska, the Golden Lion Pub also offers a selection
of beers brewed by the Alaska Brewing
. They’re decently priced, too: $6.10 for a pint, or $7.50 for a
flight. But you’ll have to visit the Golden Lion to get one.

The Golden Lion Pub aboard Queen Elizabeth replicates the look and feel of a neighbourhood local. Photo © 2019 Aaron Saunders

Other special Alaskan-themed drinks are available in
the Commodore Club or Café Carinthia. Alaska Signature Cocktails are $10.50
each, or $15.00 for a tasting flight. Hot specialty drinks (Alaskan-themed, of
course) can be found in the Garden Lounge.

Throughout Queen
are the touches that Cunard aficionados have come to know and
love. Things like walls wrapped in striking faux wood veneer. Paintings of
famous Cunard vessels that adorn the stairwell landings. Thoughtful touches,
like a two-level library and a proper bookstore. Stores selling cool logo swag
that you’d actually want to own.

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