Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth To Be Based in Melbourne for 2019-2020 Summer

Posted: February 19, 2018

Luxury cruise line Cunard has announced that its world-famous ship Queen Elizabeth will be based in Melbourne, Australia for a phenomenal 101 days over the 2019-20 summer.

At 90,900 tons, Queen Elizabeth is the second biggest ship ever to cruise in Cunard’s armada, and is the youngest Cunard Queen and was put into service in 2010 consolidating state-of-the-art technology with up-to-date equipment and an exemplary cruise experience, with highlights including more than 10 restaurants and cafes, a Games Deck highlighting paddle tennis, croquet and bowls, a two-story library, a ballroom and a three-deck Royal Court Theater seating 800 guests and offering private boxes.

Queen Elizabeth’s Colourful Grand Lobby

Amid her season down under Queen Elizabeth will cruise on six roundtrip cruises from Melbourne and two from Sydney, giving Aussies a variety of itineraries to South Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea between December 2019 and March 2020.

Cunard Senior Vice President Simon Palethorpe said Queen Elizabeth’s record 2020 season reflected the importance of the Australian cruise market to Cunard as well as Melbourne’s growing attraction as a cruise hub, with the Victorian capital providing the ship’s homeport for two months.

The new 2020 Australian deployment will be almost double the length of Queen Elizabeth’s scheduled 54-day season Down Under early 2019, which will see the ship cruising from Sydney and Melbourne during February-March 2019.

The three-deck Royal Court Theater seating 800 guests and offering private boxes

“Over the past few years we’ve seen unprecedented growth in demand for the Cunard experience in Australia so it made sense for us to invest further in the market and extend the sailing season of Queen Elizabeth even more in 2020,” Mr Palethorpe said.

“Our new 2019-20 summer season will not only feature more cruises, it will also offer some exciting new itinerary options which we hope will entice even more Australians to experience Cunard’s legendary service and style.”

Mr Palethorpe said the December arrival of the 2080-guest Queen Elizabeth meant she would spend Christmas in local waters – a first for Cunard’s current fleet of Queens.

Australian’s will have the change to cruise from Melbourne to New Zealand over the festive season with Christmas Day spent cruising the Tasman Sea, Boxing Day in the peaceful waters of Fiordland National Park and New Year’s Eve in Auckland Harbor, enjoying the world’s first firework spectacular as a new decade begins.

An assortment of cruises from Melbourne will incorporate voyages to South Australia and Tasmania. Following her two-month Melbourne deployment, Queen Elizabeth will sail to Sydney where she will cruise on two roundtrip voyages from the city before traveling north.

Her Sydney offerings will incorporate another 14-night cruise to Papua New Guinea, highlighting the cruise line’s maiden calls to the excellent Conflict Islands and Kiriwina in the Trobriand Islands.

Other maiden visits amid the summer season incorporate Cunard’s first call to Esperance in Western Australia, while Queen Elizabeth will make her inaugural visits to Albany, Whitsunday Islands and Darwin.

Full details of the 2020 World Voyage season will be released on March 13, with the program scheduled to go on sale on March 20, 2018.

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