UK-based cruise ships mark Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with offers and celebrations

The countdown to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend is on and the UK is set to celebrate 70 years since Queen Elizabeth II’s accession on June 3, 2022, with the traditional Trooping The Color in London. Street parties, parades and afternoon teas will be held across the country to mark the momentous occasion over a long bank holiday weekend.

UK-based cruise lines plan their own celebrations, unfurl the banners, prepare Union Jack flags and prepare delicious Pimm’s, sausage rolls and finger sandwiches for special commemorative events on board.

From talks led by former royal butlers to royal variety shows and jubilee specials, here’s what’s happening in the world of cruises to celebrate the platinum jubilee.

(And if you still can’t find what you’re looking for, check out these last-minute deals).

Cruise Line Ambassador

Boat: Vibe

What happens on board? The first new cruise line to launch in 12 years, Ambassador Cruise Line is currently operating a ‘Round Britain & Queen’s Platinum Jubilee’ cruise which departed Ambience’s home port of London Tilbury on May 26. The voyage stops in all four countries of the United Kingdom. , England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The voyage calls at destinations such as the Isle of Skye, Belfast, the Isles of Scilly and Kirkwall. Royal experts and former members of the royal household are on board to deliver fascinating lectures and talks.

Dickie Arbiter, former Press Secretary to Her Majesty The Queen, Dr Nicola Tallis is an independent historian and researcher and Vanity Fair Royal Editor Katie Nicholls are among the guest speakers. A Jubilee Gala Dinner will also take place during the sailing.


Azamara Pursuit (Photo: Azamara Cruises)

The deal: In lieu of onboard celebrations (Azamara has no UK-based ships), the line is offering a Queen’s Platinum Jubilee offer of $1,000 to be used for shore excursions on three select itineraries. The promotion’s theme traces the stages of Queen Elizabeth II’s famous royal visits during her 70-year reign, including visits to South Africa, Australia and Malta.

Cruise holidays to qualify for this limited-time offer include the ‘South Africa Intensive Holiday’ on Azamara Journey, departing December 20, 2022, a destination the Queen visited in 1995. An ‘Australian Intensive’ journey on Azamara Quest, departing February 6, 2023, with the Queen visiting the continent 16 times during her 70 years on the throne, and the “Mediterranean Journey” featuring Malta on Azamara Journey, departing November 19, 2022. Queen visited Malta as recently as 2015, the last destination she visited with Prince Philip.

Valid offer: All reservations must be made between May 25 and June 10, 2022 through Azamara.

Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Silhouette Aerial Photo

Boat: Celebrity Silhouette

What happens on board? On the ship’s 12-night “Best of Scandinavia” cruise, departing from Southampton on May 30, passengers can enjoy a quintessentially British afternoon tea and the official Platinum Jubilee pudding, a lemon amaretti trifle and Swiss roll. Silhouette will also host a ballroom concert featuring an orchestra and string duo and a “Silhouette Street Party” featuring iconic British tunes and a captain’s toast.

Cunard Line

Image of Queen Victoria TA listings page

Ships: Queen Mary 2(/reviews/review.cfm?ShipID=294 Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria

What happens on board? On Cunard’s gloriously British ships based in Southampton, passengers can expect a Platinum Jubille gala, with a specially enhanced menu in the main dining rooms and afternoon tea parties. The fascinating Cunard Insights program will feature lectures on royal history, a Jubilee-themed short film will be screened and onboard shops will offer a Platinum Jubilee Special Edition English sparkling wine.

Emerald Cruises

Liberty Emerald

The deal: To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Emerald Cruises is offering €250 per stateroom of onboard extras for all bookings made and paid in full on all river cruises in Europe in 2022. spa treatments, a DiscoverMORE excursion or drinks on the secondary deck.

Valid offer: Reservations must be made before June 9th.

European waterways

Boat: Magna Carta

What happens on board? Passengers sailing on European Waterways’ Thames-based Magna Carta will have the chance to take private tours of royal residences, including Henry VIII’s former home, Hampton Court Palace. There is also a visit to Dorney Court, a remarkable Tudor home, and the opportunity for passengers to visit Windsor Castle and Cliveden Estate. The eight-passenger barge makes six-night, seven-day trips on the River Thames, showcasing the bucolic English countryside en route.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines


Ships: Balmoral and Borealis

What happens on board? Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is pulling out all the stops with its Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Passengers will have the chance to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with activities such as Corgi Racing, a royal version of Fred. Olsen’s popular Dolphin Racing event (not real corgis or dolphins are used in these events!); Victoria Sponge and Platinum Pudding competition between the expert chefs of the fleet; a British tea time, themed cooking demonstrations and royal quizzes.

Ships will be adorned with Union Jack banners and red, white and blue decorations, including Balmoral, which leaves Newcastle on June 1, on a five-night ‘Scenic Orkney and Shetland’ cruise and six-night Borealis ‘Exploring the Scenic Faroe Islands”. ‘ cruise, departing from Liverpool on June 3 or Belfast on June 4.

MSC Cruises

MSC Virtuoso

Boat: MSC Virtuoso

What happens on board? On board MSC Cruises’ UK-based Virtuosa, guests can attend all Platinum Jubilee celebrations, including Trooping The Colour, the Thanksgiving Service, the Platinum Party at the Palace and the Platinum Pageant. Public spaces will be decorated in a red, white and blue theme. There will be a children’s parade and a Jubilee Brunch gala dinner on Sunday.

P&O Cruises

Boat: Fleet wide

What happens on board? Platinum Jubilee celebrations will take place across the P&O Cruises fleet, including a Jubilee afternoon tea, lunch and show featuring the Queen’s favorite dishes. Signature Jubilee cocktails will be available including the Garden Party Mojito, Gin Ma’am-tini, Kir Royale and a Royal Jubilee sparkling wine. The popular British cruise line is also bringing in a number of royal experts to lead onboard talks. Grant Harrold, Royal Butler to Prince Charles, William and Harry is on Iona Hugo Rittson-Thomas, the Royal Photographer is on Azura and Christian Furr, Official Painter to the Queen is on Britannia.

To mark the special occasion, P&O Cruises is also offering discounts of between £75 and £250 on cruises and a low deposit of £70 per person between September 1, 2022 and December 30, 2023. The offer also includes the removal regional flight supplements on new Select Price and Early Saver bookings made before September 5, 2022 and are available on air cruises to the Caribbean, Canary Islands and Mediterranean from May 31, 2022 through October 4, 2024.

Valid offer: Discounts apply to Early Saver bookings made before July 4, 2022.

Princess Cruises

Sky Princess (Picture: Princess Cruises)

Ships: Sky Princess, Enchanted Princess, Emerald Princess and Island Princess

What happens on board? From June 2-5, 2022, a range of activities will take place on all four UK-based Princess Cruises ships. Passengers can expect live coverage of events shown on the 300 square foot Upper Deck Movies Under the Stars screens, including Trooping The Colour, Thanksgiving Service at Westminster Abbey, Epsom Derby, the Platinum Party at the Palace and the Jubilee Party.

Princess Cruises’ popular piazzas will be decorated with garlands of banners and streamers in royal colours, with passengers encouraged to wear red, white and blue. British themed food and drink will be served on all four days. Passengers will dine at the Royal Afternoon Tea, which includes favorites such as Victoria Sponge Cake. Pimms and strawberries will be served on the upper deck and a Royal Dinner menu will be available.

Additionally, the 3,660-passenger Sky Princess will host a special Royal Variety Show featuring a tribute to Elton John presented at the Princess Theatre, as well as Royal Trivia in Princess Live!, as well as an exciting talk by the guest speaker Grant Harrold, former HRH butler. , Prince of Wales.


Panoramic Eclipse (Photo: Colleen McDaniel)

The agreement: To celebrate the Platinum Jubilee, Scenic is offering regal savings of up to £250 per person on a Suite Upgrade Credit on select European river cruise itineraries and a Suite Upgrade Credit of £500 per person on select voyages ocean cruises 2022/23, plus free private door-to-door. transfers with door driver. These offers are in addition to the line’s existing offers and savings.

Valid offer: Reservations must be made before June 7th.

Viking Cruises

Boat: Fleet wide

What happens on board? Viking Cruises intends to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with special programming on its dedicated television channel, including an episode on the Royal Yacht Britannia. Further episodes will air at 7 p.m. each evening, including interviews and visits to royal homes.

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