Cunard extends Queen Elizabeth’s Australian Cruise Season
Cunard today announced a 60-day extension of Queen Elizabeth’s current Australian cruise season. One of the world’s most iconic ships will sail local waters until May 9, 2020 strengthening domestic and regional tourism.
“The extension of Queen Elizabeth’s Australia and New Zealand season is a result of the current uncertainty due to travel restrictions and port closures in Asia and their effect on cruise operations in the region,” said Katrina McAlpine, Commercial Director Cunard Australia and New Zealand.
“In response to the operational uncertainties in Asia, Queen Elizabeth will instead remain in local waters for another 60 days. This extended Australia season will benefit local tourism with 29 visits to ports around the country during her additional 60-day deployment.”
The highlights of the luxurious ship’s six new itineraries include her first ever 27-night full circumnavigation of Australia as well as calls to destinations such as Eden and Kangaroo Island, which have both welcomed cruise ship visits as a timely contribution following the bushfire emergency.
On May 9, Queen Elizabeth will depart Sydney on a 24-night Transpacific crossing to Vancouver via New Caledonia, Honolulu, Maui, LA and San Francisco before the 2,000-passenger ship will commence her 2020 Alaska programme.
Queen Elizabeth’s new Australia and New Zealand itineraries will be on sale on Cunard.com from Friday, February 21, 9am and offer a unique opportunity to experience the world’s most famous shipping line at extraordinary value.
Cunard has already contacted guests booked on Queen Elizabeth’s Asia and Japan itineraries about the changes and is offering full refunds and special incentives to book a new voyage.
Highlights of the new Queen Elizabeth program include:
The ships first ever 27-night full circumnavigation of Australia with stops in Sydney, Brisbane, Airlie Beach, Cairns, Darwin, Fremantle, Adelaide, Kangaroo Island and Melbourne between April 12 to May 7.
Two six-night Tasmania voyages ex Sydney sailing to Eden, Port Arthur, Hobart, Burnie and Melbourne.
Two 11-night New Zealand voyages ex Sydney visiting Wellington, Tauranga, Auckland and the Bay of Islands.
24-night Transpacific crossing from Sydney to Vancouver via New Caledonia, Hawaii (Honolulu and Maui), Los Angeles and San Francisco.
For more information about Cunard and our voyages, please visit www.cunard.com.
About Queen Elizabeth
At 90,900 tonnes, Queen Elizabeth is the second largest ship ever to sail in Cunard’s fleet. Queen Elizabeth is home to over 2,000 guests and 1,000 crew. The luxurious ship features more than 10 restaurants and cafés, a Games Deck with paddle tennis, croquet and bowls, a two-storey library, a ballroom and the Royal Court Theatre. Queen Elizabeth’s current Australia and New Zealand season started on December 6, 2019.
Cunard is a luxury British cruise line, renowned for creating unforgettable experiences around the world. Cunard has been a leading operator of passenger ships on the North Atlantic, since 1840, celebrating an incredible 180 years of operation in 2020. A pioneer in transatlantic journeys for generations, Cunard is world class. The Cunard experience is built on fine dining, hand-selected entertainment and outstanding service. From award-winning restaurants and in-suite dining to inspiring guest speakers, the library and film screenings, every detail has been meticulously crafted to make the experience memorable. There are currently three Cunard ships, Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria with destinations including Europe, Alaska, the Caribbean, the Far East and Australia. In 2017, Cunard announced plans to add a fourth ship to its fleet in 2022. This investment is part of the company’s ambitious plans for the future of Cunard globally and will be the first time since 2000 that Cunard will have four ships in simultaneous service. Cunard is based at Carnival House in Southampton and has been owned by Carnival Corporation since 1998.
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