Wine programme.
Cunard’s sommeliers have used their expert knowledge to create a detailed wine programme that includes lectures, tastings and wine dinners where premium wines are paired with each delicious course.

Wine programmes.

  • Wine lectures and tastings.

    Leading winemakers from around the world join guests on Queen Victoria to lead fascinating lectures and outline the exciting wine-themed events. Join QV's expert sommeliers, who host tutored tastings (cover charge applies).

  • Wine dinners.

    We invite our guest winemakers to pair their wines with a lavish tasting menu, designed to celebrate the best of food and drink on board. The dinners are hosted by the Executive Chef in partnership with the winemaker. Please note a cover charge applies.

  • Wine packages.

    Our expert sommeliers have hand-picked a range of fine wines from around the world to create a collection of Wine Packages.

  • The Wine Line.

    On board all of our Cunard ships, guests can also take advantage of the dedicated 'Wine Line'. Simply call the number listed in your telephone directory and you will be put through to an expert sommelier to reserve your chosen wine or seek advice on the perfect wine to accompany your evening's dinner.

Level 1 Award in wines.

 

Learn more about wine and gain an industry recognised qualification. The WSET Level 1 Award in wines is an introductory course suited for those with a basic knowledge, as well as total beginners who wish to be introduced in a structured way to wine styles, storing and serving of wine and food and wine matching. The aim of the course is to give you the basic knowledge of the different styles and types of wines. It’s all in a fun and relaxed atmosphere with plenty of opportunities to ask questions. There are no pre-requisites to take this course.

 

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Course overview

  • 3 day course or a total of 6.5 hours inclusive of revision day and multiple choice examination (4 day course on some itineraries)
  • The length of each module is approximately 120 minutes depending on questions
  • The course includes all study material, examination fees, certificates, champagne reception and a four course lunch with matching wines in The Verandah Restaurant on the last day of the course
  • During the course you will have the opportunity to taste a minimum of 10 wines
  • You will also be provided with a WSET study guide for you to make notes on and take home
  • Examination is on the last day with 30 multiple choice questions to be answered in 45 minutes. A mark of 70% is required to pass
  • Certification - all guests who pass will be issued with a certificate suitable for framing and a lapel pin
  • An additional charge of $295 applies for this course.

Level 2 Award in wines and spirits.

 

Available during World Voyage and selected itineraries only, this is a beginner to intermediate level qualification exploring wines and spirits for those wine enthusiasts seeking a core understanding of wine. This qualification explores the major grape varieties and important wine regions in which they are grown. You’ll learn about the styles of wines produced from these grapes as well as key qualifications and labelling terminology. A basic overview of the key categories of spirits and liqueurs will also be provided.

 

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Course overview

  • 10 day course or a total of 25 hours inclusive of revision day and multiple choice examination (12 day course on some itineraries)
  • The length of each module is approximately 120 minutes depending on questions
  • The course includes all of the study material provided, examination fees, certificates, champagne reception and a four course lunch with matching wines in The Verandah Restaurant on the last day of the course
  • During the course you will have the opportunity to taste up to 45 wines and 4 spirits
  • You will also be provided with a WSET study guide for you to make notes on and take home
  • Examination is on the last day with 50 multiple choice questions to be answered in 60 minutes. A mark of 55% is required to pass
  • Certification - all guests who pass will be issued with a certificate suitable for framing and a lapel pin
  • An additional charge of $595 applies for this course.

Book your place on our next course.

 

To book your place on our next course and the accompanying itinerary, please call our Contact Centre on 1-800-728 6273.

Courses can also be purchased while on board during your voyage. Please speak to your restaurant Sommelier. Places are limited so early reservations are strongly recommended. To book the corresponding voyage, please speak to your Voyage Sales Specialists. Payment for your course will be added to your on board account.

Activity types.

    • Insight and enrichment.

      World renowned speakers offer informative talks as part of our Insights programme. Experts from the world of art are also welcomed on board to offer both talks and practical demonstrations.
    • Shopping and galleries.

      Our shops offer stunning jewellery, fashion and the latest fragrances, not to mention Cunard gifts. The gallery on board presents some of the world’s best artists’ works for viewing and sale.
    • Deck tennis

      Sports and fitness.

      Whether you enjoy taking part or simply watching, Queen Victoria offers something for every sports enthusiast. The modern gym, swimming pools and live sport on television offer plenty of ways to get the adrenaline flowing.
    • Spa, relaxation and leisure.

      There’s so much to do on board, from enjoying a delicious Afternoon Tea to browsing the large library. You may choose to spend your time relaxing in the large spa, complete with treatment rooms, saunas, pool and hot stone beds.
    • Children’s activities.

      Our young passengers are well catered for with activities through the day and into the evening, all age appropriate and fully staffed.
    • Music and theatre.

      You’ll find music is at the very heart of Queen Victoria, with the sound of live performances gently drifting through the ship throughout the day and into the evening. The Royal Court Theatre offers West-End style shows, delivered by QV's cast of very talented dancers and singers.
    • Dancing.

      The Queens Room with its sprung dance floor and crystal chandeliers is simply stunning. Dance the night away at one of the glamorous balls, or for something more contemporary head to the Yacht Club with superb dedicated jazz music, followed by a DJ and dance band late into the night.
    • Pub entertainment.

      The Golden Lion is a faithful recreation of an English pub, complete with live sports, pub games and quizzes. It also boasts an authentic pub lunch menu including tempting fish and chips and traditional Ploughman’s, or enjoy The Lion's Share, a hearty Afternoon Tea selection accompanied by a flight of beers.

A selection of cruises on Queen Victoria.

San Francisco to Auckland

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San Francisco to Auckland

Wed 6 Feb to 22 Feb 2019

16 nights from $2,989 per person

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Autumn Escape

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Autumn Escape

Fri 16 Nov to 19 Nov 2018

3 nights from $559 per person

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Westbound Transatlantic Crossing to Fort Lauderdale

Queen Victoria

Westbound Transatlantic Crossing to Fort Lauderdale

Thu 10 Jan to 21 Jan 2019

11 nights from $1,309 per person

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