Cunard Announces New Insights Program For 2019 Alaskan Voyages

Open Jaw, Graeme Peto

Cunard has announced culturally focused onboard programming for its 2019 voyages marking the line’s return to Alaska. The experience has been dubbed ‘The Last Frontier.’

Cunard'sQueen Elizabethwill run four 10-night Alaska roundtrip voyages out of Vancouver departing throughout May and June 2019. The liner will make port calls in Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka, Icy Strait Point, and Victoria. Highlights of the voyage include scenic cruising of Alaska's Inside Passage, Tracy Arm Fjord, and Hubbard Glacier.

“For our return to Alaska, Queen Elizabethwill bring Cunard’s iconic luxury experience to one of the most magnificent places in the world,” said Josh Leibowitz, SVP Cunard North America. “Our guests will have the opportunity to gain a deep understanding of Alaska and its breathtaking landscape, rich cultural heritage and local cuisine.”

The Alaska programming will include the following highlights:


  • Talks by Dr. Rachel Cartwright, an award-winning naturalist with 20 years’ experience in Alaska. She is the author of “Alaska Cruise Companion: A Naturalist’s Guide to the Inside Passage” and a renowned expert on the behaviours of humpback whales. 
  • Alaska Native Voices along with members of the Huna Tinglet tribe, a group native to Glacier Bay and Icy Strait, will offer lectures and workshops about their history, culture, and storytelling while cruising the Alaskan coastline.
  • LaDonna Rose Gundersen, a commercial fisherwoman and cookbook author, will share her experiences and expertise. A fisherwoman in Alaska for more than two decades, Gundersen has made a career out of catching and cooking delicious salmon and other fish using simple ingredients while at sea.

Other festivities onboard Queen Elizabethduring her time in Alaska will include live bridge commentary by experts to narrate scenic cruising areas, dedicated Alaskan entertainment (including the Emmy Award-winning documentary series “The Ketchikan Story), and complimentary blankets and hot cocoa on-deck while passengers enjoy the Alaska coastline.

The line will also offer Rocky Mountaineer rail tours pre- and post-voyage, including accommodations and two full days aboard the train. 

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