Food & Drink
There is no shortage of different dining venues available on a Cunard ship and they all offer a wonderful range of tempting dishes. All of the ships feature the Britannia Restaurant where fixed seat dining is held each evening, as well as the Princess Grill and Queens Grill restaurants which are available exclusively for passengers staying in one of these suites. There are also lots of other restaurants available including cafes, self-service buffets and pool-side grills, and 24-hour room service.
Cunard have a whole host of activities and facilities available to keep you entertained throughout the day and evening. All three ships feature sports courts and deck games with tournaments held daily, and Queen Elizabeth has its own croquet lawn and bowls lawn. For those who want to stay active there is a fully equipped gym with fitness classes, and spas with the latest treatments and therapies to help you relax and unwind. The Cunard Connexions programme hosts a number of daily activities including dance classes, wine tasting and computer lessons, whilst Cunard Insights allows passengers to discuss a variety of topics with guest speakers and lecturers.
Other daytime activities include movie screenings, themed quizzes, and art lessons, and there are of course various swimming pools with ample sun-bathing space. In the evening, the ships transform with an array of lively bars and lounges offering live music, dancing, movie nights and full-scale theatre productions. Themed balls are held on various nights throughout the cruise, with the Black & White Ball and the Ascot Ball amongst some of the most popular ones.
Cunard have some of the best facilities for children at sea with dedicated clubs on every ship that are split in to various age groups from 1 - 17 years old. The Play Zone caters for younger children and has a nursery for infants and toddlers plus other facilities including a soft play area and ball pool. Activities include arts and crafts, games, books, Lego and films. The Zone is for older children and teens who have a lounge area with plasma TV plus table football, movie nights, discos, sports tournaments and air hockey. The clubs are run by Cunard's qualified team of nannies and youth workers and are open every day from 9am until midnight.
The Grills Experience
Cunard's Grills experience started over 70 years ago when passengers were able to pay an extra fee for dining in the luxurious Verandah Grill on the original Queen Mary. Since then it has expanded and now includes Princess and Queens Grill suites, lounges and restaurants across the fleet. The Grills Suites are well known for being some of the most extravagant at sea, creating a luxurious but homely feel for all who stay in one. They range in size, with the largest being the Grand Duplexes on Queen Mary 2 which cover around 2,249 square feet across two floors - and that includes an expansive balcony!
All of the suites include special touches such as concierge service, fresh flowers, priority embarkation and in-suite dining, whilst those in Queens Grill suites are treated to additional extras such as pre-dinner canapes, priority disembarkation and personal butler service. Dining in the Grills restaurants is an unforgettable experience that is exclusively for those staying in one of the suites and allows you the chance to dine at a time convenient for you.