News from Cunard Line

2001 Cunard Guests Will Get A 'Private Sale' Of QM2 Sailings
Exclusive Month-Long Preview Of Inaugural Season On World's Largest Liner

In an unprecedented move, Cunard Line has announced that guests who sail aboard the line's Queen Elizabeth 2 or Caronia during 2001 will be granted an exclusive, month-long "Patrons' Preview" of Inaugural Season passages aboard Queen Mary 2, due to be completed in late 2003.

Names of guests sailing on either of the company's existing liners in the coming year will be kept, and a private catalogue of QM2's inaugural season sailings will be sent to them in advance of its publication. They will have a 30-day period in which to reserve their choices of departures and accommodations before the ship is opened to public sale. Guests who have already booked or who book on QE2's 2002 World Cruise by December 31, 2001, will likewise enjoy the exclusive privilege.

"Queen Mary 2 will undoubtedly be the most famous ship in the world even before she sails," said Larry Pimentel, CTC, President and CEO of Cunard Line. "We have already experienced a tremendous surge of global interest in Cunard's first new liner in a generation and thousands of inquiries about her inaugural voyages. Our task is not so much to create demand for this new ship as it is to manage this unprecedented demand in a fair and equitable manner."

At 1,132 feet long, 135 feet wide and 150,000 gross registered tons, QM2 will be the largest, longest and widest passenger vessel ever built. She will be just 117 feet shorter than the Empire State Building is tall, yet she will carry just 2,620 guests, served by nearly 1,300 crew. Accommodations will range from 194 square feet to 5,000 square feet or even larger, with 77 percent offering ocean views, and nearly three-fourths having large private balconies. Stylistically, QM2 will recall the grand ocean liners of Cunard's past, with sweeping staircases, towering domed public rooms, five swimming pools, a grand ballroom and a broad 360-degree Promenade Deck. Yet she will be technologically very advanced, with a four-pod propulsion system, sophisticated classrooms, conference and multimedia facilities and even an onboard planetarium.

To qualify for the Patron's Preview, guests can sail in 2001 or in 2002 on QE2's World Cruise (booked by December 31, 2001), either on the complete circumnavigation or on a range of segments. Other 2001 options include any of her regularly scheduled themed Transatlantic crossings, one of the innovative Cape Town Line Voyages between England and South Africa, or a cruise in the Mediterranean, Canada & New England or Northern Europe. On Caronia, guests have a wide array of possible choices, from South America to Scandinavia, the Norwegian Fjords, British Isles, Spain and Portugal, Canada & New England and the Cape Town Line Voyages.

Cunard's QE2 Features 21 Themes
On 21 Voyages In 2001

What do the first American woman to walk on the moon, Dr. Kathryn Sullivan; acclaimed movie actress, Karen Allen; academy award-winning costume designer, James Acheson; and renowned director of Philharmonia Virtuosi chamber orchestra, Richard Kapp, all have in common? They are part of Queen Elizabeth 2's 2001 theme cruise line up. From the 1st Annual Fine Arts Festival at sea to the 19th annual version of her ever-popular Floating Jazz Festival, Cunard Line's famed liner QE2 will feature 21 theme cruises next year on 21 Transatlantic Crossings and Grand Liner Voyages.

"QE2 herself is the destination," said Bill Leiber, vice president worldwide sales and marketing for Cunard Line. "In addition to her sophisticated spa facilities, Computer Learning Centres, comprehensive library, and daily onboard activities, QE2 offers a unique theme cruise for each Transatlantic Crossing and Grand Liner Voyage to enhance and enrich our guests' onboard experience as they sail in grand style. In fact, we are breaking new ground in onboard entertainment, from our high-profile entertainers and Broadway Bound productions to our year-round International Literary Festival and expansive selection of theme cruises."

QE2's theme cruise line up for 2001 is:

Cunard Announces 'Perfectly Paired Passages' for 2001

Cunard Line has announced the creation of a new concept in cruise vacations: one grand holiday aboard two classic ocean liners. Entitled "Cunard's Perfectly Paired Passages," the concept allows travelers to make a single purchase and journey across the Atlantic aboard the famed Queen Elizabeth 2 before or after sailing on QE2's sister, Caronia, for a romantic voyage in either Europe or North America. Ranging from 18 to 24 days, these grand holidays offer guests a variety of 13 different cruise packages. Each QE2 transatlantic crossing features a different theme cruise from a "Big Bands At Sea" to a "Great Authors-Literary Festival" cruise. Some combinations even allow those who prefer not to fly at all to cruise the Atlantic both ways on board the two ships.

"Crossing the Atlantic on the QE2 is an unforgettable experience," said Cunard Line President and CEO Larry Pimentel. "It evokes the golden age of ocean travel. But for most vacationers, the crossing is just a part of their holiday. Now we've extended that nostalgic experience by combining a QE2 transatlantic crossing with a perfectly matched Caronia cruise, visiting the most appealing destinations in Europe and North America. Guests can enjoy one seamless grand holiday and the same Cunard White Star Service that their ancestors may have once experienced, combined with all of the modern luxuries, including Computer Learning Centres, comprehensive spas, and Broadway productions."

The six Perfectly Paired Passages that begin with a themed QE2 Transatlantic crossing and end with a Caronia cruise, are:

The seven Perfectly Paired Passages which begin with a Caronia cruise and end with a themed QE2 Transatlantic Crossing are:

Pricing for Cunard's Perfectly Paired Passages features Cunard's 10% voyage combination savings and also its innovative Book Early Savings Tariff (BEST)TM savings program, which offers savings of up to 30% for guests who book early. While there is no set expiration date for these extraordinary savings, the rates are capacity controlled and will be reduced or withdrawn as cruises fill. So the "BEST" bet for savings is to book at the earliest opportunity. All fares listed above include one-way economy airfare between London and 117 North American gateways. As always, members of Cunard's World Club or Seabourn Club repeat guests' organizations qualify for an additional 10% savings, which is combinable with all other savings.

Cunard's Caronia Sails South America In Classic Liner Style
Six Exotic Voyages Explore Both Coasts, Exotic Easter Island Extension Offered

Cunard Line has announced an entire season of tantalizing voyages in South America in 2001 aboard its luxury ocean liner, Caronia. The elegant ship, formerly named Vistafjord, will spend January, February and March of 2001 on the continent's western Inca Coast and then sail two voyages between Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and the majestic Amazon River, in April 2001. An exceptional pre- or post-cruise optional extension to the west coast cruises allows guests to visit fascinating Easter Island, located halfway between Polynesia and South America, to explore the unique culture of the island and its massive stone-works and statues.

Fresh from a $5 million refurbishment, the 665-guest Caronia is the perfect ship for such a voyage, with an Old World charm and a warm, hospitable British style that is reminiscent of Europe's finest hotels. Long famed as a global wanderer, she provides a sophisticated array of entertainments, insightful and fascinating enrichment lecturers and, typically, a cosmopolitan complement of international guests from around the globe.

"Expansive teak promenade decks, relaxed single-seating dining and other classically elegant touches make Caronia the ship of choice for those who seek a return to a golden age of ocean-going travel," said Larry Pimentel, President and CEO of Cunard Line.

Two of the voyages, titled South American Adventure I & II, are 18-day voyages between Fort Lauderdale and Valparaiso (Santiago), Chile. On these voyages, Caronia transits the Panama Canal and explores the splendors of Ecuador, Peru and Chile, including optional tours to Machu Picchu, the Nazca Lines, and the optional extension to Easter Island. Departures for this itinerary are January 6 and March 11, 2000. Depending on cabin category, and taking advantage of Cunard's new BESTTM 30% early booking savings, fares for these voyages range from $3,265 to $15,034 per person, based on double occupancy, including port and handling fees.

The middle two west coast voyages, titled Chilean Fjords and Buenos Aires I & II, are 23-day explorations of the majestic fjords, islands and waterways of southern Chile, breathtaking Patagonia, Cape Horn and the Falkland Islands. Also included in these voyages is a three-day stay in exciting Buenos Aires and a full day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Optional adventures possible during these voyages include exploring glaciers, mountain lakes, volcanoes and even flight-seeing over the White Continent of Antarctica. Sailing between Valparaiso and Rio de Janeiro, these voyages depart on January 24 and February 16, 2000. With the BEST 30% savings, fares range from $4,978 to $22,642 per person, double occupancy, including port and handling fees.

The cruises titled Amazon Sojourn I & II sail between Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Manaus, Brazil, nearly a thousand miles up the Amazon River from the sea. These 14-day cruises, which include calls at St. Thomas, Antigua, Barbados, and Devil's Island, also make stops at a bevy of exotic locations along the length of the Amazon, including Alter do Chao, Parintins and Santarem, Brazil. Departures for this unforgettable adventure are March 29 and April 12, 2000. Early booking BEST fares range from $2,793 to $12,448 per person, double occupancy, including port and handling fees. Guests seeking a longer adventure in South America may combine any two or more of these voyages for additional savings of 10%.

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