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We are excited to unveil our latest no-fly sailcation with enhanced entertainment from brand new celebrity guests.

Escape the pre-Christmas mania and float away to the sunny skies and warm climate of the Canary Islands on board the effortlessly regal Queen Mary 2, one of the world’s most iconic cruise ships. Explore sun-soaked beaches and cosmopolitan cities as you sail to Spain, Portugal and Canary Island favourites, Lanzarote, Tenerife during this exclusive 12-night, no-fly holiday. With an Imagine Cruising sailcation you're guaranteed as much fun on-board the ship as you are on-shore, thanks to a fantastic enhanced entertainment programme, which includes exclusive performances from Russell Watson, Lulu and Jimmy Tarbuck OBE.

We were honoured to have the incredible Lulu on board our latest Sailcation on the 1st September 2021, performing exclusively for Imagine Cruising customers – check out this video to find out just how much fun Lulu had!

Amazing Value Including

 

  • Cruise – 12 night full-board no-fly cruise on board Queen Mary 2
  • Enhanced Entertainment – Enjoy live performances from classical singer Russell Watson, rock and soul icon Lulu, and comedy legend Jimmy Tarbuck OBE.
  • Entertainment – From evening performances an array of entertainment choices such as singers, dancers, instrumentalists, illusionist, aerial entertainers, to gala balls with themed evenings, ballroom dancing, live musicians and a variety of activities from Art to guest speakers to dance classes there really is something for all to enjoy.
  • Dining – From the finest steak and seafood at The Verandah to British and European dishes in the main dining room; plus classic pub fare in the Golden Lion and traditional afternoon tea in the Queens Rooms, there’s an outstanding variety of tasty cuisines on offer
  • Spa & Wellness – Discover a sanctuary of relaxation at the Canyon Ranch Spa that takes inspiration from the oceans on which you sail to indulge your senses—mind, body and soul (available at a supplement)

Enhanced Entertainment

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With powerhouse performances, classical concerts, intimate “An Audience with…” style interviews, side-splitting stand-up gigs and so much more, an Imagine Cruising Sailcation offers an unprecedented level of enhanced entertainment. Guaranteed to be the highlight of your holiday, these performances are exclusive to Imagine Cruising customers and take place in the grand surroundings of the Royal Theatre on board Queen Mary 2.
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Classical Concert with Russell Watson

One of the world’s greatest classical singers, Russell Watson has famously been described by the New York Times as a performer “who sings like Pavarotti and entertains the audience like Sinatra”. Since finding success as the winner of a local radio talent competition, he has released ten studio albums (his debut “The Voice” spending a record 52 weeks at the number one spot) and has performed for some of the world’s most prestigious figures. These include; The Queen, The late Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, the late Pope John Paul II who requested a private audience with Russell at the Vatican, and former US presidents Bill Clinton and George W Bush.

His performances in stage shows have also earned him great critical acclaim, he played Parson Nathaniel in Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds tour and played the lead role of Karl Oscar in Benny and Björn’s (ABBA) Kristina. Russell is a patron for a plethora of charities and has raised millions of pounds for The Prince’s Trust, the Katy Holmes Trust and The Kirsty Club.

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Powerhouse Performance by Lulu

Lulu has been in the music business for 51 years. Yet she seems utterly undimmed by time, slim, vivacious and energetic, with an appealing combination of bright-eyed sprightliness and a very adult, no-nonsense directness. From humble roots to worldwide stardom, since bursting into the limelight at 15, Lulu has achieved a career bursting with musical highlights. These include performing at Eurovision, recording the Bond theme The Man with The Golden Gun, performing in Rock and Blues clubs all over the USA, taking to the stage at Glastonbury, performing with Take That on all their Greatest Hits Live stadium and arena UK dates and touring the country during her most recent “On Fire” tour.

She has been such a fixture of the British entertainment landscape for so long now, she is not particularly defined by her musicality. She has sung at the Eurovision, hosted a Saturday night light entertainment TV show, acted in films, in West-End theatre and television and sold her own brand of make-up.

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Comedy Performance with Jimmy Tarbuck OBE

Jimmy Tarbuck is a famous British comedian who has been working the stand-up comedy circuit for more than fifty years, beginning as a TV entertainer in the 1960’s, and became notorious in the 1980’s as a prominent supporter of Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, for whom he acted as comic relief, after dinner speaker and even baker, making her a cake for her birthday. As an entertainer, Jimmy Tarbuck OBE is known for his distinctive stand-up comedy style. He made his first television appearance as the host of Its Tarbuck 65! From here Jimmy went on to host numerous quiz shows, including Winner Takes All, Full Swing, and Tarby's Frame Game.

As his career progressed Jimmy Tarbuck OBE began to focus more on stand-up comedy and became the host a numerous variety and comedian shows including Live From Her Majesty’s, Live at the Piccadilly and Live at the Palladium. Tarbuck was awarded an OBE in 1994 for his services as a comedian but also for his charitable contributions; Tarbuck continues to appear on television as a comedian, host and entertainer, most recently co-hosting a new variety series for ITV entitled For One Night Only. The longevity of Jimmy’s career mark him as one of the most successful entertainers currently working in the stand-up comedy market, his distinctive accent and comedic style have made him one of the most popular comedians of his generation.

Your Itinerary

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Day 1 - Embark Queen Mary 2 in Southampton

Experience a voyage unlike any other as you embark the regal Queen Mary 2 for your superb cruise, taking in some of the coastal highlights of the Mediterranean Sea along the way. Indulge yourself as you sip on refined cocktails, dance in the Queens Ballroom to the elegant sounds of the orchestra and savour delectable suppers, served on freshly pressed crystal-white linens, by white-gloved waiters.

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Days 2-3 - At Sea

One of the highlights of any Cunard voyage is undoubtedly the traditional English Afternoon Tea, featuring finger sandwiches, delicious fresh cream cakes and fine teas – all served by Cunard’s impeccably dressed white-gloved waiters. It’s one of the quintessential Cunard experiences, and it’s accompanied by the soothing tones of a live musician to add to the atmosphere.
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Day 4 - Lisbon

The sun-kissed capital of Portugal gleams in the sunlight against the backdrop of the sparkling Atlantic Ocean. With a skyline a watercolour palette of primrose yellow buildings topped with terracotta roofs, the pint-sized city is set across seven hills and it’s easy to explore in a couple of days thanks to a network of traditional trams. In almost all the traditional restaurants you’ll find plates piled high with olives, baskets of rough country bread and bowls of arroz de feijão, rice and beans.
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Day 5 - Cadiz

Regarded as the oldest, continuously inhabited city in Western Europe, this ancient port city is famed for holding the Spanish Armada. From Cadiz, you can also visit Seville, the capital of Spain’s Andalusia region. This city will win you over with its incredible gothic architecture, winding medieval lanes and lively tapas bars. As well as its bitter oranges – the essential ingredient in the world’s finest marmalades – Seville is renowned for its passionate flamenco dancing and great festivals. Visit the ornate Alcázar castle complex, built during the Moorish Almohad dynasty and the city’s Gothic Cathedral, where you’ll find Christopher Columbus’s tomb.
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Day 6 - At Sea

With a variety of dining options, from Mexican at Aztec to prime cuts of beef at the Steakhouse, you’ll be well-fed throughout your voyage. For a true sense of occasion, your fine dining options include several-course gourmet delights with elegant details like Wedgewood china and Waterford crystal. Or for something a little more casual, enjoy a relaxed self-service meal in Kings Court.
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Day 7 - Lanzarote

Lanzarote is most well-known for its year-round sun and volcanic landscape. A perfect example of this is Cueva de los Verdes, a famous tunnel made from a volcanic eruption thousands of years ago. Local architect César Manrique moulded his home into five hardened underground lava bubbles which showcases the beauty of volcanic rock and architecture. You can visit this astounding creation as it is open to the public.
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Day 8 - Tenerife

The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is towered over by a dormant volcano, Mount Teide, and its beaches range from golden yellow to black sand as a result of its unique geology. With year-round sunshine, spectacular scenery, rich colonial architecture and abundant marine life, Tenerife has plenty of attractions for visitors.
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Day 9 - Funchal Madeira

Backed by hills, the capital city of Portugal’s Madeira archipelago is famed for its harbour, gardens and Madeira wine cellars. Wander round the spectacular Botanical Garden, with its rich and diverse sub-tropical flora. The western edge of the garden affords captivating views across Funchal Bay.
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Day 10-12 - At Sea

There are plenty of ways to keep healthy in body and mind on the Queen Mary 2, whether it’s a morning yoga or pilates session in the bracing ocean breeze, a stroll on the spacious decks or a painting class that taps into your creative side. Or learn about constellations in the Planetarium – the only one at sea.
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Day 13 - Disembark Queen Mary 2 in Southampton

Today you’ll arrive back in Southampton where you’ll disembark Queen Mary 2, your Sailcation complete.

The Queen Mary 2 Experience

Quite simply, the Queen Mary 2 is the most magnificent ocean liner ever built, so, a fabulous cruise holiday on this wonderful ship is an experience of a lifetime. Cunard have incorporated the very latest in modern facilities, entertainment and enrichment opportunities into a ship radiating the opulence, charm and glamour of cruising’s Golden Era. Your fine dining options include several-course gourmet delights with classy touches like Wedgewood china and Waterford crystal. Be entertained by lavish musical shows, dance in the largest ballroom at sea with a superb resident orchestra, and with four marvellous pool areas for relaxation, this wonderful ship has everything you could possibly want for the most marvellous time at sea.

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Dining and Drinks

From classic British and French in the Britannia and Grills restaurants to the best steak onboard at The Verandah, plus daily traditional afternoon tea and a range of international cuisines at Kings Court Buffet, there’s something to suit every taste.
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Rest and Relaxation

Enjoy a show at the planetarium, take part in fencing, relax in the Canyon Ranch Spa or sign up for the outstanding Insight programme; while little ones are entertained in the age-appropriate kids’ clubs.
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Entertainment

There’s never a dull moment with West End-style productions at the Royal Court Theatre, a full live music programme, karaoke and quiz nights, plus ballroom dancing in the Queens Room and live DJs at the ship’s G32 nightclub.

Select Your Cabin

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Inside Twin Occupancy from £1,199pp
Single Occupancy from £2,099

  • A king-sized bed, lounge area and desk 
  • Tea & coffee making facilities and a mini-bar
  • An invigorating shower and complimentary Penhaligon's toiletries
  • Nightly turndown service, including a chocolate on your pillow
  • Sparkling wine to welcome you on board
  • Your own steward for the duration of your stay
  • 24 hour room service
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Outside Twin Occupancy from £1,699pp
Single Occupancy from £2,799

  • A king-sized bed, lounge area and desk 
  • Tea & coffee making facilities and a mini-bar
  • An invigorating shower and complimentary Penhaligon's toiletries
  • Nightly turndown service, including a chocolate on your pillow
  • Sparkling wine to welcome you on board
  • Your own steward for the duration of your stay
  • A window offering an ocean view
  • 24 hour room service
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Balcony Twin Occupancy from £2,299pp
Single Occupancy from £4,199

  • A king-sized bed, lounge area and desk 
  • Tea & coffee making facilities and a mini-bar
  • An invigorating shower and complimentary Penhaligon's toiletries
  • Nightly turndown service, including a chocolate on your pillow
  • Sparkling wine to welcome you on board
  • Your own steward for the duration of your stay
  • A stateroom balcony overlooking the ocean with table and chairs to relax in
  • 24 hour room service
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Grill Suite Twin Occupancy from £3,999pp
Single Occupancy from £7,999

  • A king-sized bed, lounge area and desk 
  • Satellite TV, illy coffee machine, atlas and a mini-bar
  • Bathroom with bath and shower
  • Complimentary Penhaligon's toiletries
  • Velour robe and slippers 
  • Nightly turndown service, including a chocolate on your pillow
  • A selection of fresh fruit, delivered daily
  • Sparkling wine and chocolates to welcome you on board.
  • Your own Grills Concierge for the duration of your stay
  • A spacious private balcony with table and chairs to relax in
  • A seven-pillow concierge menu
  • Freedom dining in the Princess Grill restaurant
  • Optional in-room dining from the Princess Grill menu
  • Exclusive access to the Grills Lounge and Grills Terrace
  • 24 hour room service

BOOK YOUR CLASSIC CUNARD CANARIES SAILCATION TODAY

Watch all the action come to life on our recent sailcations

Katherine Jenkins on board our 1st Sep 2021 Princess Sailcation

Lulu on board our 1st Sep 2021 Princess Sailcation

ABC on board our 16th Aug 2021 Virgin Voyages Sailaway Party

John Bishop on board our 5th June 2021 MSC Sailcation

Covid-19 Policy

On board, you can still enjoy everything that makes a Cunard holiday so special, and Cunard's crew have been pulling out all the stops, preparing to welcome you back in style. From the restaurants and bars to the cinema and theatre, pools and spas to gyms and shops, it’s all waiting for you.

With Cunard's new protocols in place, and while some aspects may initially feel a little different, these changes are designed to protect the health of everyone on board and in the destinations they visit, and they hope you will find these both reassuring and easy to adjust to. 

On this page, we’ve outlined Cunard's necessary measures for their return to sailing, in line with current guidance, but as the world evolves so may their policies and procedures. Rest assured Cunard will continue to work with the government and scientific advisors to continually review their protocols so you can have an enjoyable and relaxing holiday.

New Protocols

For a long time Cunard have had in place many of the protocols now being observed by other social gathering venues on their ships, such as hand-sanitising stations and rigorous cleaning procedures. They have also gone beyond those protocols by asking guests to complete a Health Declaration form and having a comprehensive medical facility on board each ship providing 24/7 medical care and treatment; this will, of course, continue across the fleet.

Guest and crew well-being

Cunard are committed to delivering the highest standards of health, safety and well-being for their guests, crew and the wider communities they visit. To achieve this:

  • Every area of the ship will be rigorously and regularly cleaned and sanitised
  • Cunard will provide additional hand-sanitising stations
  • Cunard have enhanced their on board ventilation systems to provide improved filtration and increased fresh air on board
  • Cunard will adhere to approved, up-to-date guidance for every aspect of the holiday experience, including the mandatory use of face masks and social distancing, which will be in place in certain areas
  • Cunard will be operating initially with a reduced occupancy on their ships to support their new protocols
  • Crew will undergo a strict testing and quarantine regime as well as regular testing during their time on board
  • Cunard have plans in place, tailored for each ship, to manage medical needs, including dedicated stateroom capacity for isolation, should this be required.

Vaccination and testing policy

For all cruises departing from 13 October to 31 December 2021, all guests 18 years old and over will be required to have completed their vaccination course a minimum of 14 days prior to sailing. All guests 17 years old and below will need to have completed their vaccination course a minimum 14 days prior to sailing or will require a negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to travel. All guests will also require a negative Covid-19 test at the terminal; both the PCR and Covid-19 test at the terminal will be complimentary. This vaccination and testing policy will be reviewed on a regular basis as the global situation continues to evolve.

At the time of travel, some ports of call may stipulate specific vaccine policies for guests going ashore that differ from this policy.

All other Cunard voyages on sale do not currently require guests to be vaccinated.

Proof of vaccination status

You’ll be required to show proof of your vaccination status at the terminal prior to boarding. This can be either in digital or printed format and must be an official certificate of vaccine status issued by your local health authority (e.g. NHS England). Please visit your relevant NHS or local health authority website for full details of how to obtain an official record of your vaccine status in advance of your holiday (please note that some authorities require up to 10 days to process applications to receive postal certificates). Guests in England can download the NHS app, register with your NHS number and photo ID and gain access to ‘share your Covid-19 status’ – this creates a unique QR code and certificate which proves your vaccine record. Please do this well in advance of travel as NHS app accounts can take up to 14 days to approve. Please note that the record card that is given out at the time of vaccination will not be accepted as proof of your vaccination status.

Unfortunately, failure to provide proof of vaccination at the terminal will result in denial of boarding at your own expense.

Whilst you are not required to take a test before you arrive at the terminal, we would recommend you follow the government's advice and test yourself regularly at home. If you were to test positive within 14 days of departure, you would need to call Cunard's Customer Contact Centre, and not travel to the terminal.

It is the responsibility of any guest travelling from The Common Travel Area to meet the ship to adhere to the local travel restrictions in and out of England.

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Terms & Conditions

The Queen Mary 2 and all its facilities will be running at a reduced capacity to ensure social distancing is adhered to. This means that entry to all entertainment on board is not guaranteed. These measures are subject to change in accordance with guidance from public health authorities.