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Cunard Queens to sail 160,000 miles to 94 destinations in winter 2020-21

Cunard's winter 2020 - 2021 programme features exciting new destinations and more variety than ever before as its three Queens travel 160,000 miles to 94 destinations in 38 different countries.

Blending world-class cities such as San Francisco and Auckland with smaller, less well-known, destinations, itineraries range from short two-night breaks to a 108-night world voyage with each journey delivering a refined and immersive experience.

Queen Mary 2 in Cape Town
Queen Mary 2 on a previous visit to Cape Town

Says Gary Anslow of Cunard UK: “Our new winter programme is filled with an incredible variety of sailings and destinations including New Zealand, Japan and China. Culturally rich, scenically stunning, each itinerary balances days of discovery ashore with indulgence and exploration at sea. ”

Cunard has undertaken more world voyages and sent more ships across the world than any other passenger line, making Cunard a true expert in world voyages.

In 2021, Queen Mary 2 will embark undertake her classic East-West Voyage to Australia and Asia. Routed via South Africa and the Indian Ocean to Australia, Queen she will head north to Hong Kong and on to Singapore via Vietnam, then travel through the Malacca Straits across the Indian Ocean to the Arabian Gulf.

The final leg of the voyage is the return to Southampton from Dubai, via the Suez Canal and Mediterranean Sea.

Shorter voyage options exist, ranging in length from one to three weeks and can be combined in many ways allowing guests to create the ideal travel experience from and to the iconic city of their choice.

QM2 will also feature various transatlantic options. In addition to the iconic seven-night transatlantic crossing from New York to Southampton, guests will also be able to experience the Caribbean at Christmas, including calls to St Thomas, St Kitts, Barbados, St Lucia and St Maarten.

Queen Victoria sets sail on a western circumnavigation of the globe, while Queen Elizabeth will carry out a programme of exotic voyages that offer richer, deeper and more regionally-focused itineraries.

Queen Victoria’s winter deployment begins with her celebration of Christmas and New Year, followed by a classic western circumnavigation via the Panama Canal. The world voyage can be taken as a round trip from either Hamburg (112 Nights) or Southampton (108 nights).

Queen Victoria Panama Canal
Queen Victoria transiting the Panama Canal in 2017

The circumnavigation will begin by crossing the Atlantic to Florida via Bermuda, followed by a trans-Panama segment. Queen Victoria will then cross the Pacific via Hawaii and Samoa to New Zealand. From there she will take in Sydney, Australia’s Gold Coast and Great Barrier Reef before travelling to Hong Kong via Darwin and Vietnam.

Following the visit to Asia, Queen Victoria will return to Southampton via Singapore, the Indian Ocean and South Africa.

In December 2020 and early 2021, Queen Elizabeth offers a series of round trip voyages from international ports that offer deeper, richer and more regionally focused itineraries. In between these home-ported deployments will be exotic grand voyages that capture the imagination and spirit of adventure in travel lovers across the world.

Queen Elizabeth will also feature three brand new destinations and four over night calls, including Auckland, Wellington, Hobart and Singapore. The more focussed series of destinations presents deeper, richer and more regionally focussed plans that will take in New Plymouth (New Zealand), Hualien (Taiwan) will also take port in Miyakojima (Japan), during its famous ‘Cherry Blossom’ season.

In addition, Queen Elizabeth will operate four roundtrip voyages from Melbourne and four from Sydney, covering the popular regions of South Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand. New in 2021 is a pair of “open-jaw” New Zealand voyages, travelling from Sydney to Auckland and from Auckland to Sydney.

These can be taken individually as 12 or 13 night voyages, or combined into a longer 25 night Sydney round trip that offers the full experience of nine different New Zealand ports, two ports in Tasmania as well as a day in Melbourne.

Posted on 7th March 2019 at 11:14 am in Cruise News | Cruise Lines | Cunard Line |

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