Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth to spend a record 118 days in Australia

Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth to spend a record 118 days in Australia
Royal Rendezvous on 1 March 2021 will be Queen Victoria and Elizabeth’s first Australian meeting (Image: Carnival Australia)

Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth will spend a record 118 days in Australia and New Zealand beginning November 2020. She will offer over 60 itinerary options as she sails from her homeports of Melbourne and Sydney.

Queen Elizabeth’s voyages will range from two-night cruises between Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide, to longer journeys around Australia and New Zealand. New offerings include 12- and 13-night cruises between Sydney and Auckland, calling at ports along the New Zealand coastline, Tasmania and Victoria. The new programme will also feature overnight calls in Hobart, Wellington and Auckland, as well as maiden calls to Lyttelton and New Plymouth in New Zealand.

“The decision to increase our Australian presence further reflects the continuing growth in popularity of Cunard cruises among Australian travellers,” said Simon Palethorpe, president of Cunard. “Our new 2020-2021 season in Australia is not only our biggest, it will be the third consecutive summer deployment for Queen Elizabeth, which is winning a strong following among local cruisers who enjoy her stylish features and her voyage offerings.

“Basing Queen Elizabeth in Australia for a record 118 days enables us to create a range of new itinerary options, such as our longer New Zealand journeys, which we think will appeal to both existing and new Cunard guests and boost the popularity of Queen Elizabeth even further.”

The season will also feature visits from Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria during their world voyages.

The Australian season will feature the Royal Rendezvous in Sydney on 1 March 2021, the first time Queen Victoria and Elizabeth will have met in Australia. 

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Elly Yates-Roberts
By Elly Yates-Roberts
Friday, February 15, 2019