Your table is reserved for breakfast, lunch and dinner in one of the sophisticated main restaurants aboard. Each is the home of deliciously imaginative menus, exceptional wines and impeccable service. This evening you may start with such delicacies as Salmon Gravlax with Poached Quail’s Egg or a Croquette of Suckling Pig. For your entrée, you might be in the mood for Dover Sole Meunière or a Chateaubriand, perhaps rounded off with a rich Bitter Chocolate Soufflé or a lighter Mango Panna Cotta.
If anything sums up the freedom of your cruise, it is the array of places to eat, from healthy to hearty, from light bites to haute cuisine. It’s simply a case of deciding what you’re in the mood for. The menu at The Verandah features specialty seafood and tender cooked-to-order prime cuts. Within either King’s Court or the Lido, alternative venues include Aztec with its Mexican flavors, Asian delicacies at Bamboo, Italian-themed La Piazza and the Smokehouse, inspired by a classic American grill.
Every evening during your cruise promises a stellar array of entertainment choices. So, whether you’re in the mood for music, dance performances or even magic shows, prepare to settle into your seat. Watch the resident Royal Court Singers & Dancers stage dazzling Broadway style productions or abridged Shakespeare performances. We’ve also hand-picked a talented line-up of vocalists and instrumentalists, aerial performers and illusionists, stand-up comedians, and variety entertainers.
Live music will be an unmistakable signature of every moment on your ship. Our accomplished resident musicians will create an enticing ambience, during relaxing moments and on grand social occasions. The string quartet provides a warm welcome on board and melodic accompaniment to Afternoon Tea. The resident pianist sets an elegant tone to evening pre-dinner drinks in the Commodore Club, and you’ll also find harpists and contemporary bands in public rooms and lounges throughout the ship.
Children of all ages are welcome on our ships, and our dedicated clubs offer activities and entertainment. These include arts and crafts, sporting activities, play areas, computer games and much more. They can make friends with other children at The Play Zone, for two- to seven-year-olds, and The Zone which is ideal for eight- to 17-year-olds. Our youth staff will supervise your children, organize events, activities and competitions, and even arrange “excursions” to the theater or cinema on board.
Traditional Afternoon Tea
If anything perfectly encapsulates Cunard’s service and sense of occasion, it is our prized daily ritual: Afternoon Tea served by white-gloved waiters from 3:30 to 4:30 pm every day in the Queens Room. Indulgent finger sandwiches, scones, and pastries accompany Twinings fine leaf teas as the orchestra provides a melodic backdrop. Our Grill guests may also retreat to the more intimate Princess Grill restaurant, while a more casual interpretation awaits in the Lido or King’s Court.
We regularly welcome wine experts on board to enrich your knowledge through lectures and tastings. We also invite wine producers to pair their wines with a lavish tasting menu at special wine dinners. You can pre-purchase from our collection of fine wine packages, carefully curated by our sommeliers, while pairing recommendations are only ever a phone call away courtesy of our “Wine Line.” You could even achieve an industry-recognized qualification during your cruise.
Gin & Fizz
Visit this centrally located bar to savor your favorite Prosecco, cava or Champagne by the glass or bottle. You'll find a great range of premium gins, including one crafted exclusively for Cunard. Some are poured from an old-fashioned spirit tap to infuse a more distinctive character. We’ll serve your choice exquisitely garnished with one of the many tonics on offer, or as part of an impressive martini range. Cocktails continue the theme, so expect a Fizz, a Flip and a Collins or two.
Our Gala Balls are highly anticipated occasions on any cruise of three nights or more. They’re the reason you’ve packed your finest dinner jackets and ballgowns, ready to sweep around the Queens Room. An eight-piece orchestra sets the tempo to an evening of dancing. Our gentlemen hosts are always waiting to accompany any single ladies. Every event has a glamorous theme, from the traditional Black & White Ball and Masquerade Ball, to a Roaring Twenties Ball and a hat-focused Ascot Ball.
There are many ways to keep yourself active on our ships. A few laps of the Promenade Deck and the games of shuffleboard and deck quoits have been pastimes for almost as long as we have been sailing. You’ll find pursuits like table tennis, paddle tennis, golf putting and swimming too. For armchair sports fans, Sport24 offers coverage of major events including the Premier League, Wimbledon, Formula 1, the Ryder Cup and more, shown in certain bars and lounges, and in all staterooms and suites.
Setting your own pace really defines the Cunard experience, and our fitness classes offer a sociable way to stay active and energetic. Work on your posture and strength with Pilates, yoga or tai chi. It’s easy to raise the pace by joining aerobics and spinning classes, boot camps or even personal training sessions.