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Cunard Announces New Alaska Onboard Programming

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Cunard has announced that they will have new, culturally-rich onboard programming for 2019 cruises as the line returns to Alaska next year.

Queen Elizabeth will operate four 10-night voyages out of Vancouver to Alaska departing May 21, 31, June 10, and 20, 2019 with calls in Juneau, Skagway, Icy Strait Point, Sitka, and Victoria. Scenic cruising includes the Inside Passage, Tracy Arm Fjord, and Hubbard Glacier.

Queen Elizabeth. (credit: Cunard)

Onboard Insights Programming

Award-winning naturalist with 20 years’ experience in Alaska, author, and expert on humpback whales, Dr. Rachel Cartwright will be on hand to offer presentations on the Alaskan ecosystem. Topics in her presentations will include whales, marine life, and glaciers. She will also offer live commentary from the bridge during scenic cruising throughout the Inside Passage on all 2019 Alaska itineraries.

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 along the coast. The ship will also have an information center hosted by cultural heritage guides on the ship for all Alaska cruises.

Commercial fisherwoman and cookbook author LaDonna Rose Gundersen will be sharing her experiences and expertise with guests during the May 20, 2019 voyage. Fishing in Alaska for over two decades, Gundersen has made a career out of catching and cooking salmon and other fish using simple ingredients while out at sea. She will be joined by her husband Ole Gundersen, a fellow fisherman and photographer known for his images inspired by life in Alaska.

Other Offerings

Other festivities aboard Queen Elizabeth during her time in Alaska will include live bridge commentary to narrate scenic cruising areas, Alaska-themed in-room entertainment, including the Emmy Award-winning documentary series “The Ketchikan Story,” and blankets and hot chocolate on deck so guests can snuggle up while taking in the breathtaking views.

Cunard will offer Rocky Mountaineer rail tours before and after the cruises in Alaska, which include either three or five-nights’ accommodation and two full days aboard the train. The expedition travels through an array of scenery, including the glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, river canyons, mountain passes, and tunnels.

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