Cunard Releases 2019 Program Featuring Record Australian Season
Cunard has released full details of its 2019 international cruise program, featuring a record two month season in Australia for its popular liner Queen Elizabeth. Australians will be able to choose from 27 different local cruise combinations on the elegant Queen Elizabeth, which will be based in Melbourne and Sydney from February to April 2019. The longest deployment Down Under for any of Cunard’s current fleet of Queens, Queen Elizabeth’s Australian season is a highlight of the cruise line’s new “Oceans of Discovery” program featuring cruises around the globe on Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth.
Between January and May 2019, the Cunard fleet will travel more than 113,000 nautical miles, visiting 109 destinations in 49 different countries including 21 maiden calls for the three Queens.
On sale from March 30, 2017, the new program features a 107-night full world circumnavigation by Queen Victoria and an array of exotic voyages on Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth, including more regionally focussed itineraries.
In Australia, Queen Elizabeth’s local offering will include an unprecedented seven roundtrip cruises from Sydney and Melbourne visiting New Zealand, Tasmania and South Australia.
Fares for a 12-night roundtrip cruise to New Zealand departing Sydney on February 20, 2019 start from $2949* per person twin share. A 12-night roundtrip cruise to New Zealand departing Melbourne on March 18, 2019, and including an overnight in Wellington, starts from $2899* per person twin share.
Shorter cruise offerings include a five-night roundtrip cruise to Tasmania from Sydney departing March 4, 2019 with fares from $1299* per person twin share. A six-night roundtrip cruise to Tasmania from Melbourne, departing March 12, 2019 and including an overnight stay in Hobart, is priced from $1599* per person twin share.
The season will also include Queen Elizabeth’s maiden call to Burnie on February 18, 2019, with the visit marking the first time one of Cunard’s current fleet has visited the northern Tasmanian city.
Another feature of Queen Elizabeth’s 2019 program will be two roundtrip cruises in Japan including a nine-night circumnavigation of Japan’s main island of Honshu during the cherry blossom season. Departing Yokohama on April 19, 2019, fares for the cruise, which will offer five maiden calls to Japanese ports, start from $2999* per person twin share.
From Japan, Queen Elizabeth will sail the Gulf of Alaska, en route to Vancouver in a history-making voyage which will mark Queen Elizabeth’s maiden Alaskan cruise as well as the first time Cunard has crossed Alaskan waters in more than 20 years.
Travellers wanting a longer cruise experience on Queen Elizabeth can also enjoy a classic line voyage experience from Southampton to Melbourne via South Africa and Western Australia. Departing January 3, 2019, the 38-night world voyage is priced from $9749* per person twin share.
Meanwhile Queen Victoria will offer the full world cruise experience, sailing from Southampton on January 10, 2019 to the Americas and through the Panama Canal before cruising the Pacific to New Zealand and Australia. Local ports of call will include Tauranga, Auckland, Bay of Islands, Sydney, Brisbane, Whitsundays and Darwin. Fares for the full world voyage start from $25,999 per person twin share while a shorter 19-night voyage from Sydney to Hong Kong, departing February 28, 2019, starts from $4499* per person.
For travellers seeking deeper immersion in a region, Queen Mary 2 will offer a series of regional cruises across the Mediterranean and Asia, with voyages ranging from seven to 94 nights. Options include a 14-night cruise from Dubai to Singapore departing January 29, 2019 and visiting Doha, Muscat, Goa, Colombo, Sri Lanka, Phuket & Penang, with fares from $3249* per person twin share.