Friday 23 August 2013

Sydney Royal Rendezvous and Gallipoli Visit Feature in Cunard’s 2015 World Voyage Program

Cunard Line has announced details of its 2015 world voyage program, featuring a Royal Rendezvous of Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria in Sydney and a special visit by Queen Elizabeth to the waters off Gallipoli to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the WWI campaign.
Cunard's Franconia - image by Frederick Garner Wilson, courtesy of Australian National Maritime Museum

The program, which marks the cruise line’s 175th anniversary, also includes visits to Australia and New Zealand by all three of Cunard’s magnificent liners, as well as Queen Mary 2’s second Royal Circumnavigation of New Zealand.

On sale from September 6, the three cruises will encompass 83 destinations in 46 countries, with Queen Mary 2 offering a 113-night voyage, Queen Elizabeth sailing on a 112-night circumnavigation and Queen Victoria offering a 103-night exploration of the Pacific.

The many highlights include a spectacular meeting of Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria on Sydney Harbour for the first time. The Royal Rendezvous is planned for March 12, 2015, before Queen Mary 2 departs the city on her 13-night circumnavigation of New Zealand.

Another special note for Australians and New Zealanders will be Queen Elizabeth’s cruise through Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth Royal Rendezvous in Sydney 2011the waters off the Gallipoli Peninsula on April 24, after transiting the Suez Canal.

The new program also includes Queen Mary 2’s maiden call to Sanya in China on February 19 to ring in the Chinese New Year, as well as a Royal Rendezvous of all three Queens in Southampton on May 3 at the end of their world cruises.

In Australia, Queen Elizabeth will make her maiden call to Yorkey’s Knob off Cairns on March 9, while across the Tasman Queen Victoria will make her first call to Akaroa on March 17. Other maiden calls for Queen Victoria include Bora Bora, Puerto Limon, Rarotonga and San Juan del Sur while Queen Mary 2’s itinerary will feature her first visits to Bandar Seri Begawan, Bitung and Sihanoukville.

The program is a fitting celebration of Cunard’s 175th anniversary and its leadership in world cruises. Cunard invented world cruising in 1922 when Laconia set off on the first ever circumnavigation by a passenger ship. The cruise line has since undertaken more world voyages than any other.

“We are the world cruise experts having started this tradition over 90 years ago,” Cunard Line Managing Director and President Peter Shanks said. “No other ships are welcomed around the world as warmly as the Cunard fleet. Our ships’ arrivals into port attract well-wishers in their thousands, on the water and ashore – it’s part of the magic of the Cunard experience.”

Cruises featured in the new 2015 program include:
  • Queen Mary 2’s Royal Circumnavigation of New Zealand, departing Sydney March 12 and visiting Milford Sound, Akaroa, Wellington, Auckland and Bay of Islands. Fares start from $3349* per person double occupancy.
  • 61 nights on Queen Elizabeth sailing from Sydney to Southampton on March 3, including the liner’s visit to the waters of Gallipoli. Fares start from $15,749* per person double occupancy.
  • 27 nights on Queen Victoria, sailing from Sydney to Los Angeles and embarking on March 11 before the meeting with Queen Mary 2. Fares start from $7299* per person double occupancy.
*subject to availability, conditions apply

Onboard credits of up to US $1700 per person apply to bookings made by December 31, 2013. For more details on Cunard visit  phone 132441 or see a licensed travel agent.

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