Cunard re-draws Queen Mary 2’s restart sailings

Cunard has replaced four restart sailings by flagship Queen Mary 2 with a three-night cruise break and a 12-night Canary Islands itinerary.

The new sailings, both departing from Southampton, have been added to ensure the 2,691-passenger ship can be inspected in line with regulatory requirements.

Cunard president Simon Palethorpe confirmed that the line wanted the itineraries to “be closer to home” as the ship resumed cruise operations after an 18-month break.

Queen Mary 2 now returns to service on November 28 and will call back into New York on December 20 – two days earlier than originally scheduled.

The cancelled cruises are a transatlantic crossing departing on November 14, a Caribbean sailing, a return to Southampton and a five-night voyage departing on December 10.

Affected passengers, whose cruises have been cancelled, will automatically receive future cruise credit worth 125% of the standard deposit and 100% of additional money paid.

They can also choose a 100% refund via the Cunard website.

Cunard said both itineraries will go on sale “in the coming weeks”.

Palethorpe said: “Having been out of service for over 18 months we would like the initial few voyages for Queen Mary 2 to be closer to home.

“Therefore, we have introduced two new voyages that will depart from Southampton to replace the original schedule.

“We are so sorry though for the disappointment caused to those guests affected by the changes to these voyages and do hope we will see them on board later in the year.”

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