Cunard Line canceled the first 4 scheduled for RMS Queen Mary 2 voyages, saying Thursday (September 2) that after the long layoff during the COVID crisis it wanted the ship’s first voyages “to be closer to home.”
The 4 canceled cruises (scheduled between November 14 and December 10, 2021) included a Transatlantic crossing from the UK to USA (Southampton England to NYC New York, also available out of Hamburg Germany), a 12-day Eastern Caribbean roundtrip from NYC, and a 7-day Transatlantic crossing USA-UK.
Instead, the liner's return to service will be delayed through mid-December and the first voyages will be short breaks roundtrip from Southampton.
According to Cunard, the ship will arrive in NYC on December 20, 2021, and make her first voyage from U.S. waters 2 days later, sailing to the Caribbean. The 2-day break would allow for inspections under “the latest regulatory requirements.”