Setting sail from Southampton
Southampton is the UK's leading port. Bustling modern cruise terminals, as well as wharfs and commercial harbours, line the waterfront, whilst the city itself is a fascinating mix of ancient and modern, with a picturesque old town, the original city walls still standing, and super-modern shopping centres and office complexes. On all corners you will see tributes to the city's rich history and maritime heritage. Henry V marched his troops through the Westgate on his way to the battle of Agincourt, The Mayflower sailed from here with a cargo of settlers to the New World, and the Titanic started her fateful voyage here.
Get a copy of the Old Town Walk map from the tourist information centre, a perfect (and free!) way to explore Southampton at a leisurely pace.
United States: New York
The Big Apple is one of the world’s most iconic, cosmopolitan cities, a place that everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. From the lofty heights of the Manhattan skyscrapers to the hipster hangouts of resurgent Brooklyn, New York City buzzes with energy and excitement, and there’s never been a better time to visit.
United States: Rockland (Maine)
Rockland sits on the picturesque coastline of Midcoast Maine, a pleasant little town with a vibrant cultural scene, home to some interesting museums and galleries. Nearby attractions include the 19th century Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse and the pretty town of Camden, and this is also a great place to feast on Maine lobster.
Canada: Corner Brook (Newfoundland), Sept-Iles
Arriving in Québec City
Québec City, the capital of French-speaking Canada, is one of the North American continent's most beguiling cities. The pretty old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a joy to behold; the cobbled streets and church spires are enclosed within the old city walls, and many of the buildings date back to the 17th century. In January and February the Winter Carnival, one of the world's biggest winter festivals, brings colour and celebration to lift the hibernal gloom, while in summer the streets are filled with musicians and street performers in period costume.
For fantastic views, go to the Terrasse Dufferin, on the clifftop high above the St Lawrence River, then take the funicular to the Old Lower Town.
Your home from home
Queen Mary 2 is Cunard’s most magnificent ocean liner and the flagship of the fleet.
What we love
Modern features combined with traditional and elegant décor reminiscent of the golden age of cruising helps create an unforgettable journey particularly when sailing past the Statue of Liberty into New York. We particularly like the excellent Queens Grill accommodation which offers additional space and access to the exclusive Queens Grill restaurant, along with dedicated lounges and deck areas.
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|Style||Traditionally formal cruising with the evening attire always expected to be refined even on 'informal' evenings.|
Tailor-make your trip
Overnight in Southampton
Stay at the Pig in the Wall, stylish with great food. Very small so book early.
Day trips from Southampton
Visit historic Winchester, home to King Arthur’s Round Table, the Great Hall and Winchester Cathedral.
Where to stay in Québec City
Chateau Frontenac is tempting, but we choose the Auberge St Antoine.
Recommended private tour
Get out of the city and you are in Big Nature – Foret Montmorency is a good destination, especially with a wildlife guide.