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Kangaroos near the coast in Australia, one of the encounters you'll have on a Cunard cruise Down Under.

Courtesy of Cunard Line

Kangaroos near the coast in Australia, one of the encounters you'll have on a Cunard cruise Down Under.

Family cruises on Cunard 2016

Cunard continues the tradition of luxury cruising that began in 1840 complete with fencing (Queen Victoria), dance classes (Queen Elizabeth) and the only ship offering regularly scheduled transatlantic service between New York and Southampton, England (Queen Mary 2).

What’s new

Queen Mary 2, Cunard’s flagship ocean liner, will spend 25 days in dry dock in Hamburg, Germany, returning to the sea at the end of June 2016 with upgraded suites and staterooms, new restaurants and innovative entertainment. Key upgrades include 30 additional Britannia Club Balcony Staterooms whose guests can dine any time in their dedicated restaurant, the addition of 15 single staterooms to accommodate multi-generational groups, and the addition of 10 kennels (beyond the existing 12) to welcome Fido and Fluffy aboard on the only cruise liner to do so.

Special event cruises focusing on fashion, food, music and dance include Transatlantic Fashion Week on the Queen Mary 2, British Isles Culinary Discovery on the Queen Elizabeth and Big Band Balls at Sea on the Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mary 2 and the Queen Victoria.

For babies

The Night Nursery is available for children ages 12-23 months from 6 pm to 11 pm. It is free of charge and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For kids

Kids ages 2-7 are invited to the Play Zone, a play area stocked with books, toys, puzzles, computer games and more. The Kids Zone is for 8-12 year olds and features video game consoles, sports competitions and scavenger hunts.

For teens

Team games and deck sports are available by day, while evenings bring pizza and dance parties. All kids’ and teen programs are complimentary.

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