10 years of Queen Elizabeth.

A decade on from her launch in 2010, we celebrate ten things that set Queen Elizabeth apart as a unique member of Cunard's iconic fleet.

With art deco features, a unique sports deck and the famous red funnel, Queen Elizabeth is one of the most recognizable ships in the world. Whether it’s visiting vibrant ports or choosing from an array of exciting activities, a journey on board Queen Elizabeth is one you’ll never forget.

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Queen Elizabeth. 10 years of...


It may not be surprising to know that Cunard's Queen Elizabeth is well-traveled. Since her launch she has visited famous cities, such as Hong Kong, Venice and Sydney, areas of stunning natural beauty, including New Zealand and the fjords of Norway, and the sunny shores of the Mediterranean. Her reinforced hull makes crossing the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans easy, and brings the world a little closer to our guests. With her, every voyage is an adventure.


Freedom to explore. Freedom to relax. Freedom to choose.

Queen Elizabeth features over a dozen different bars and restaurants, each one with their own atmosphere and menu, so each meal can be different from the last.

With a myriad of on board activities, and plenty of space to enjoy them in, Queen Elizabeth gives guests the choice to do just as they please. From exploring exciting new cultures on land, to trying activities such as fencing or watercolors, every day is yours, and yours alone.


From theater to wines, art to literature, Queen Elizabeth is a perfect backdrop to celebrate our passions. With special lectures from guest speakers, and on board masterclasses, here you can indulge a passion of your own, or discover a new one altogether.

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The classic setting of Queen Elizabeth has influenced many people over the last ten years; for some, just the sight of her dark hull and red funnel is enough to inspire adventure. Explore our Inspiration articles, featuring our favorite on board activities and destinations, to get your imagination going.

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Thanks to our White Star service, a cruise on board Queen Elizabeth has all the elements of a dream vacation. Complimentary room service and some of the most spacious staterooms at sea are just two of Cunard's specialties. Explore the ultimate experience of our Grills suites, where even your pillow is tailored to your comfort.

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It would be remiss of us not to mention the history associated with the name of this famous ship. Queen Elizabeth is actually the third Cunard Queen of her name: the first being RMS Queen Elizabeth, in service 1939-1968, and the second being Queen Elizabeth 2, launched in 1969 and retired in 2008.

HM The Queen was present at the launches of all three ships: a symbol of our lasting bond with royalty. This, and other historic moments from Cunard's beginnings 180 years ago, can be explored in our special anniversary article.


With the addition of Alaska to her itinerary list in 2019, and with regular seasons in Australia, New Zealand and Japan, Queen Elizabeth isn't afraid to go to favorite locations and new regions for her guests' enjoyment.

From her decks you can view towering mountains and flowing glaciers, while whales swim below. Cross the Pacific and encounter the cities of Japan, and the marvels of Australia and New Zealand.


One of the reasons Cunard is still here after 180 years is our loyal guests. Their Queen Elizabeth favorites include the food - both quality and choice - the range of entertainment and music on board, and the generous stateroom sizes. Explore the ship even further on our dedicated page.

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With a range of venues, group activities, and events for solo travelers, Queen Elizabeth has seen countless friendships, and even romances, begin on board. Cunard has played host to many famous friends as well, from politicians to musicians: find out more in our special archive feature.

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Looking ahead.

With challenge comes opportunity, and with Queen Elizabeth we rise to the occasion with exciting new itineraries for 2021, including our brand new scenic cruises around the British Isles. So long as we look ahead together, we are sure that the next decade will be just as adventurous, passionate and inspirational as the last.

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