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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Cunard's Queen Victoria to Sail 2008 European Voyages

2008 will mark an exciting year on the Cunard calendar. For the first time in history, three Cunard Queens will be in service simultaneously and the newest, Queen Victoria, will embark on 21 captivating voyages that will include dozens of celebratory maiden calls around the world.

Queen Victoria's 2008 programme is highlighted by Cunard's exciting return to Scandinavia and Russia, as well as eight different Mediterranean itineraries affording guests' an in-depth exploration into the renowned cities and ports of the region.

The schedule also features visits to Norway, the Canary Islands and the Caribbean on itineraries of four to 22 days. Among the highlights are three 14-day Russian Rendezvous itineraries circling the Baltic Sea and featuring two full days in St. Petersburg, Russia; a full range of Mediterranean ports featuring Egypt and the Greek Isles, and the best ports of the Eastern and Western Mediterranean including Monte Carlo, Florence and Istanbul; and a 22-day Caribbean Holiday voyage.

These voyages follow Queen Victoria's 106-night Maiden World Cruise and will be detailed in Cunard's 2008 Voyages brochure to be published in mid-April. "This is an exciting time in our history," says Carol Marlow, president of Cunard Line. "Even as Queen Victoria is under construction, we have been at work mapping out an incredible itinerary of fascinating places to show off this extraordinary new ship. Whether a guest is sailing with Cunard for the first time, or the fortieth time, Queen Victoria will offer an array of once-in-a-lifetime experiences reminiscent of the Golden Age of Ocean Travel." An extraordinary shipboard experience awaits Queen Victoria's first passengers. Long regarded as the trend-setter in glamorous ocean travel, Cunard voyages offer the epitome of luxury and refinement and Queen Victoria is no exception.

The ship's sumptuous surroundings, fine dining and renowned White Star Service(SM), together with sharply focused itineraries and myriad entertainment and enrichment programs, captivate passengers and confirm Cunard's place as purveyor of the world's most extraordinary ocean voyages.

In her first full year at sea, Queen Victoria's itinerary features a collection of engaging Mediterranean voyages, including:

Mediterranean Delights -- A 14-day voyage, departing roundtrip from Southampton on May 6 with stops in Seville, Corsica, Rome, Naples/Capri, Valletta, La Goulette and Gibraltar. Voyage fares start from $2,975.

Legends of the Mediterranean -- Two 12-day voyages departing Barcelona on Aug. 25 and Oct. 24, with stops in Monte Carlo, Florence/Pisa, Naples/Capri, Valletta, Crete, Izmir, Athens, Sicily and Rome. Voyage fares start from $2,395.

Classical Mediterranean -- Two 12-day voyages departing Venice on Aug. 13 and Oct. 12, with stops in Dubrovnik, Katakolon, Mykonos, Istanbul, Kusadasi, Sicily, Rome, Florence/Pisa, Marseille and Barcelona. Both departures feature an overnight stay in Venice. Voyage fares start from $2,445.

Jewels of the Mediterranean -- A 12-day voyage, departing Southampton on Aug. 1 and ending with an overnight stay in Venice, with stops in Gibraltar, Cannes, Florence/Pisa, Rome, Sicily, Corfu and Dubrovnik. Voyage fares start from $2,995.

Ancient Wonders of the Mediterranean -- Two 12-day voyages, departing on Nov. 5 and Nov. 17 from Rome and Athens, respectively, with stops in Naples/Capri, Sicily, Valletta, Alexandria (for Cairo/Giza), Port Said, Kusadasi, Istanbul, Kepez, Volos and Athens. Voyage fares start from $2,295.

Connoisseur's Mediterranean -- A 12-day voyage, departing Rome on Nov. 29 and ending in Southampton, with stops in Naples/Capri, Sicily, Katakolon, Dubrovnik, Valletta, La Goulette and Malaga. Voyage fares start from $2,295.

Greek Isles and Aegean Shores -- Two 12-day voyages, departing Rome on Sept. 6 and Sept. 30, with stops in Naples/Capri, Santorini, Izmir, Istanbul (overnight), Samos, Athens, Zakinthos, Dubrovnik and Venice. Voyage fares start from $2,695.

Crimean Coasts -- A 12-day voyage, departing from Venice on Sept. 18 and ending in Rome, with stops in Kusadasi, Istanbul (overnight), Odessa, Yalta, Athens, Sicily and Rome. Voyage fares start from $2,795.

Cunard returns to the Baltic with Queen Victoria's voyages to Scandinavia and Russia during the summer months. The voyages, which circle the Black Sea, include:

Russian Rendezvous -- Three 14-day voyages, departing roundtrip from Southampton on May 27, June 22 and July 18, with stops in Zeebrugge, Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg (overnight), Tallinn and Gdansk. Voyage fares start from $3,375

Norway also figures prominently on Queen Victoria's calendar, with captivating voyages including:

Norwegian Fjords -- A seven-day voyage, departing roundtrip from Southampton on May 20, with stops in Bergen, Hellesylt, Geiranger, Aalesund and Stavanger. Voyage fares start from $1,675.

Voyage of the Vikings -- Two 12-day voyages, departing roundtrip on June 10 and July 6, with stops in Bergen, Tromso, Honningsvag (for the North Cape), Trondheim, Hellesylt, Geiranger, Olden and Stavanger. Voyage fares start from $2,895.

Other alluring Queen Victoria voyages in 2008 include:

Canary Islands Splendour -- A ten-day voyage, departing roundtrip from Southampton on April 22, with stops in Madeira, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lisbon and Vigo. Voyage fares start from $1,775.

Spring Getaway -- A four-day voyage, departing roundtrip from Southampton on May 2, with stops in Paris/Normandy (Le Havre), Rotterdam and Zeebrugge. Voyage fares start from $995.

Caribbean Holiday -- A 22-day voyage, departing roundtrip from Southampton on Dec. 11 with stops in Ponta Delgada, Antigua, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Grenada, Barbados, Madeira and Vigo. Voyage fares start from $5,695.

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