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JOIN CRUISE FREEK FORUMS ON THE INAUGURAL SAILING OF THE NEW CUNARD QUEEN ELIZABETH

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WHY CUNARD?

Cunard Line has been named #1 among the top ten largest cruise lines in the new 2008 Berlitz Guide to Ocean Cruising & Cruise Ships. The Line also received top honors for Best Overall Food and Best Overall Service in the independent guide, which was written by renowned cruise authority Douglas Ward, whose expertise spans 960 sailings and over 5,400 days at sea on virtually every cruise line in the world.

Douglas Ward, the world's top authority on cruising and cruise ships, is president of the Maritime Evaluations Group, an independent international agency that rates cruise ships worldwide. With over 40 years of experience, he spends more than 250 days a year aboard cruise ships, inspecting and evaluating their facilities.

Cunard Line has long been synonymous with the quest for new discoveries and the epitome of British refinement since the company's first paddle-wheeled steamer, Britannia, crossed the Atlantic in 1840. Cunard voyages bring together like-minded travelers who relish the Cunard hallmarks of impeccable White Star ServiceSM, fine dining, sophisticated adventure, the legacy of historic voyages and transatlantic travel.

WHY BOOK AN INAUGURAL SAILING?

1) Inaugural sailings are special.  Depending on the cruise line the fanfare of a inaugural cruise can be grand or minimal.  Cunard inaugural sailings always are full of fanfare and, Queen Elizabeth will not be an exception.  Additionally, often passengers on inaugural sailings receive include special gifts such as books on the making of the ship from the cruise line and often travel agents include gifts such as a bottle of champagne as well.


2) Bragging rights that you were one of the first passengers aboard.  It's a rare opportunity to sail on a brand new Cunard ship, and, what could be more memorable than being able to say you were on the inaugural sailing of Queen Elizabeth in 2010.


WHY BOOK A GROUP CRUISE WITH CRUISE FREEK FORUMS?


1) No forced socializations!  We will certainly organize Meet and Greets and other such activities if there is enough interest, however, you are never required to attend.  Likewise, you may select your dining time and table size just like if you were booking an individual reservation.  It's your vacation, it's your time!

2) Groups generally tend to receive some type of amenities package like onboard credit and discounted rates on fares.  Cunard has one of the best and flexible group programs in the industry, even though you book as part of a "group" your reservation is treated like an individual reservation.


3) Reliable, dependable, trustworthy travel agents to make booking your cruise a pleasure.  Unless there is a scheduling conflict, our assigned travel agent will be escorting the group to aid with any onboard requirements that might arise.

4) While the "other" boards may attempt to form a group for the 2010 Inaugural sailing of Queen Elizabeth, they simply might not follow through - Cruise Freek Forums WILL.  Other boards have strong Cunard followers who tend to be true traditionists and who do not like to use anyone but their own travel agents.  The Cunarders on Cruise Freek Forums are very group minded and, realize the benefits of booking as a group - from lower rates to potential amenities such as onboard credit.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q) ARE CHILDREN WELCOME AND WHAT TYPE OF PROGRAMS ARE AVAILABLE FOR THEM?

A)  Of course children are welcome!  Cunard welcomes families with a beautiful Nursery and children’s center full of toys, games and activities which are supervised daily by fully trained nannies and youth staff. Older children and teens will enjoy activities offered by the Youth Staff such as sports, discos, video games, scavenger hunts, and arts and crafts.

Q) IS CUNARD STILL ON THE "CLASS SYSTEM".  I DON'T WANT TO BE TREATED LIKE A SECOND CLASS CITIZEN.

A)  This is one of the biggest misconceptions about Cunard Cruise Lines!  All Cunard passengers have the use of the entire ship with one or two exceptions and these basically pertain to the dining arrangements.  Suite and mini-suite passengers have their own seperate dining rooms, known as Queen's Grill and Princess Grill.  This is one of the very few exceptions.  Cunard prides it's self on service and you will never be treated as "second class"!

Q) WHAT IS THE DRESS CODE FOR CUNARD?

A)  Unlike the mainstream cruise lines, Cunard aheres to tradition.  One of the joys of sailing with Cunard is the glamour of evenings at sea. In keeping with the high standards of elegance aboard, it is suggested that you dress for dinner as you would for a fine restaurant. There will be formal nights announced, and dress suggestions will be listed each day in the ship's Daily Programme. Evening attire will be specified as one of the following:

Formal: Black tie or formal dark suit for gentlemen. Evening dress or other formal attire for ladies.

Semiformal: Jacket and tie for gentlemen. Cocktail dress or trouser suit for ladies. No jeans.

Elegant casual: Jacket, no tie required for genetlemen. Dress, skirt or trousers for ladies. No shorts or jeans.

Q) WHAT TYPE OF ACTIVITIES WILL CUNARD HAVE ON DAYS AT SEA?

A)  Well, you aren't going to find hairy chest contests!  However, you’ll be amazed by just how much there is to do. From deck sports, friendly quizzes and dance classes to fascinating talks and terrific movies, there’s so much to choose from. Your ship’s Daily Programme (delivered daily to your stateroom) has full details of all the activities, events and entertainments happening each day. Just watching your chefs carve their fabulous ice sculptures on deck is an inspirational way to pass the time!  Cunard Cruise Lines if for those who seek a more refined and relaxed cruise experience.

If you'd like to join us for the Inaugural sailing of the NEW Cunard Queen Elizabeth in 2010 then please fill be sure to subscribe to our newsletter for this event.  Updates will be sent when a travel agent has been assigned to this sailing and the ship and itinerary has been selected.  And, yes, international passengers are welcome, this offering is not limited to residents of the USA.

Travel Agent Contact Information:

Nina Van Harn
Ambiance Travel 
Phone:  616-405-6950
Email: 
Nina@ambiancetc.com
Website:  http://ambiancetc.com/default.aspx




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