Europe without Flying

Don't like to fly, or can not do so for medical reasons?  We can plan your Europe vacation by combining Cunard Transatlantic and Europe cruise voyages, so you can enjoy the splendor of England and Europe without (international) flying. 

Why sit in a cramped airline seat for hours and battle with intrusive airport security procedures when you can stretch out and relax en route to some of the most beautiful places in the world?  Enjoy the many facilities and stunning views on Queen Mary 2, your Cunard ocean liner.  Instead of eating airline food, feast on culinary delicacies in one of Cunard's restaurants.

You could even combine your Cunard voyage with a great American road or train trip from your home to Cunard's American home port of New York City. 

And with the comfortable speed of travel by ship, you will not have to worry about missing part of the experience because of jet lag.

Cunard refers to its combination of two Transatlantic Crossings with a Cunard European cruise itinerary as a "Grand Voyage".  Please scroll down to see the 2013 Grand Voyage schedule. 

Transatlantic Cruise Combinations

Let us combine two Cunard Transatlantic Crossings to allow you to explore England and Europe or visit family.  We can arrange train travel or tours in Europe.  Maybe you've even thought of a river cruise to explore the heart of Europe?  In some cases, we can add a Cunard European cruise, allowing you to sail from New York City to Scandinavia or Northern Europe - just look below at the Grand Voyage listings.

Here are some suggested options: 

May 16 - June 13, 2014: you'll sail from New York by the Statue of Liberty and arrive in Southampton on May 23.  Spend 11 days in Europe.  If you like, continue to Brussels/Bruges (Zeebrugge) and Hamburg where you'd arrive on May 26.  Sail back from Hamburg on June 3 or Southampton on June 5.  Via Halifax you'll be back in New York on June 13.

Also see the "Grand Norwegian Explorer" itinerary below.

June 13 - July 1, 2014: from New York, you'll arrive in Southampton on June 20. Spend 4 days in the United Kingdom.  Sail back from Hamburg on June 22 or Southampton on June 24 and return to New York on July 1. 
Also see the "New York to Hamburg Roundtrip" itinerary below.

June 13 - July 28, 2014.  Need more time in Europe?  Leave New York, arrive in Southampton on June 20 or Hamburg on June 22.  Then, spend a month in Europe before you return from Hamburg on July 19 or Southampton on July 21.  You'll be back in New York City on July 28.

   Visit Stonehenge while in England

July 6 - 28, 2014.  Leave from New York to Southampton (arrive on July 13) or Hamburg (arrive July 15).  Spend up to a week in Europe before sailing back on July 19 from Hamburg or July 21 from Southampton.  Back in New York City on July 28. 
Also see the "22-day Grand Norwegian Explorer" itinerary below.

July 28 - August 27, 2014.  Get ready for a month of travel: leave New York City on July 28.  Arrive in Southampton on August 5 or disembark in Hamburg on August 7. Spend 11 to 15 days in Europe.  Return from Hamburg on August 18 or Southampton on August 20.  You'll be back in New York on August 27.
Also see the "Grand Arctic Circle Discover" itinerary below.

August 27 - September 15, 2014.  Leave New York and travel via Halifax to Southampton, where you'll arrive on September 4.  Spend 4 days in the United Kingdom before you sail from Southampton on September 8 to return to New York on September 15.
Also see the "Grand Voyage to Western Europe" itinerary below.

September 27 - October 16, 2014.  From New York you'll cruise to Southampton, arriving on October 4.  Spend 4 days in Europe. Return to the United States from Cherbourg, France on October 7 or from Southampton on October 8.  After an extra-long 8 day Westbound crossing you'll arrive in New York on October 16, 2014.
Also see the "Grand Voyage to Western Europe" itinerary below.

October 28 - November 19, 2014.  Sail from New York and get to Southampton on November 4 or to Hamburg on November 6.  Spend up to 8 days in Europe.  Sail home from Hamburg on November 10 or Southampton on November 12.  Back in New York on November 19, 2014.
Also see the "Grand Northern Discovery" itinerary below.

November 19 - December 22, 2014.  From New York you'll arrive in Southampton on November 26.  Spend three weeks in Europe (the perfect time for holiday shopping and/or to explore the Christmas Markets on a river cruise!) and sail back on December 12 from Southampton to New York.  You'll be home just before Christmas, on December 22.

Cunard Grand Voyages and Europe without Flying

All of the below itineraries combine round-trip Transatlantic crossings with a cruise on Queen Mary 2 to result in the most comfortable European vacation you've ever experienced - all without international flights!

   QM2 in the Norwegian Fjords

May 16 - June 13, 2014: 28-day Grand Norwegian Explorer

This voyage combines two Transatlantic Crossings with the stunning Norwegian Fjords.  You'll leave New York City for Southampton on May 16.  You'll visit Zeebrugge, Belgium, the port for Brussels/Bruges.  Next is the Hanseatic city of Hamburg, Germany, followed by the Norwegian gems of Geiranger, Bergen, Andalsnes, Olden and Stavanger.  You'll stop once more in Hamburg and Southampton, as well as Halifax, Nova Scotia before returning to New York on May 29, 2014.

June 13 - July 1, 2014: 18-day New York to Hamburg Roundtrip

Combine two back-to-back Transatlantic Crossings to Hamburg.  Sail from New York City to Southampton and arrive in Hamburg on June 22.  Explore this Hanseatic city.  You'll leave for Southampton that same day and return to New York on July 1.

July 6 - 28, 2014: 22-day Grand Norwegian Explorer

This shorter Grand Voyage combines two Classic Transatlantic Crossings with a short exploration into Northern Europe: leave New York City for Southampton on July 6.  Visit the Hanseatic city of Hamburg, Germany, followed by Stavanger in Norway.  You'll stop once more in Hamburg and Southampton before returning to New York on July 28, 2014.

July 28 - August 27, 2014: 30-day Grand Arctic Circle Discovery

Relax while sailing to and from Europe on a classic Cunard Transatlantic Crossing between New York and Southampton.  Once in Northern Europe, you'll visit the beautiful city of Hamburg, Germany, followed by Bergen, Andalsnes, Trondheim, Tromso, Alesund and Stavanger, Norway.  You'll once again call at Hamburg and Southampton and then enjoy one more week onboard Queen Mary 2, returning to New York on August 27, 2014.  

August 27 - September 15, 2014: 19-day Grand Voyage to Western Europe

Combine two Cunard Transatlantic Crossings with a short Western Europe cruise.  The outbound crossing from New York spends a day in Halifax, Nova Scotia, before arriving in Southampton. From there you'll sail to Zeebrugge, the port for Brussels and Bruges.  Next you'll visit Cherbourg, France, before once again calling at Southampton.  Enjoy one more week onboard Queen Mary 2 before returning to New York on September 15, 2014. 

September 27 - October 16, 2014: 19-day Grand Voyage to Western Europe

Combine two Cunard Transatlantic Crossings with a short Western Europe cruise.  Sail from New York to Southampton. From there you'll sail to Zeebrugge, the port for Brussels and Bruges.  Next you'll visit Cherbourg, France, before once again calling at Southampton.  Enjoy one more week onboard Queen Mary 2 before returning to New York on October 16, 2014.  

October 28 - November 19, 2014: 22-day Grand Northern Discovery

Sail to Europe on a Classic Cunard Transatlantic Crossing between New York and Southampton.  Visit the beautiful city of Hamburg, Germany and the capital of Norway, Oslo. You'll once again call at Hamburg and Southampton and then enjoy one more week onboard Queen Mary 2, returning to New York on November 19, 2014.    

Please check availability and pricing online to see the variety of Cunard European sailings on our live booking system, or call us for further details.

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