Cunard unveils its cruise program and Queen Anne's maiden season
SYDNEY - Luxury cruise brand Cunard has unveiled more than 110 international voyages, sailing on its iconic fleet between 23 October 2023 and 14 May 2024, including Queen Elizabeth’s homeport season Down Under and the maiden voyages on new ship Queen Anne.
Cunard is making it easier than ever for travel agents to offer voyages across its world-famous fleet of Queens. For the 2023/24 program, guests can choose between two fares at launch, the Cunard Fare giving guests greater flexibility and priority and the new Early Saver Fare offering a reduced fare for the cost-conscious travellers during launch period.
More information about the program release can be found at trade.cunard.com/au/marketing/programme-release.
Across the new itineraries, the four-ship fleet comprising of Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Anne, will call at 126 unique ports in 51 countries, with voyages ranging from two-night city breaks to a 108-night world voyage.
Queen Elizabeth’s 105-day homeport season Down Under
Extended explorations of Australia and New Zealand await guests sailing on Queen Elizabeth in 2023 and 2024. The luxurious ship is starting her Australian residency with a 6-night voyage from Fremantle on 27 November 2023 before embarking on a series of short break and roundtrip voyages from Melbourne and Sydney totalling 47 ports of call. Some of the highlights of Queen Elizabeth’s season include an all-new 10-night exploration of Queensland’s incredibly magnificent coast and islands, the ship’s inaugural 14-night roundtrip calling into exotic ports of the South Pacific, and Cunard’s highly sought-after Christmas and New Year voyage to New Zealand. Queen Elizabeth then departs Sydney en-route to Japan on 10 March 2024 finishing her 105-day homeport season Down Under.
Two more Queens visiting Australia
Queen Mary 2, the world’s only ocean liner, will begin her season with an Eastbound Transatlantic Crossing from New York, before setting off from Southampton on a 108-night World Voyage. The liner will sail to the Mediterranean, Asia via the Suez Canal, Australia and returning to Europe via South Africa. The famous ship will call into Fremantle on 17 February 2024 and continue along Australia’s magnificent southern and eastern coastline where overnight calls to Melbourne and Sydney unlock the possibility of exploring after dark.
Queen Victoria will embark on a 107-night World Voyage, departing Southampton on a full circumnavigation of the globe. The ship will sail westbound to North America, including a transit of the Panama Canal, onwards to Australia via New Zealand, Asia, and returning to Europe via South Africa, visiting 32 unique destinations across her new voyages. Overnight port calls in San Francisco, Honolulu, Sydney (3 March 2024), Hong Kong, Singapore and Cape Town are among the highlights of sailing on Queen Victoria in 2024.
Queen Anne’s maiden voyage
Queen Anne is scheduled to call at more than 32 ports across the world during her maiden season, all sailing out of Southampton. Following her maiden voyage to the enchanting city of Lisbon, the newest Queen will embark on a collection of enticing sailings in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Northern Europe as well as an Eastbound Transatlantic Crossing.
“Announcing every new program for Cunard is always exciting, but this year is even more so, as guests will be able to choose itineraries across four magnificent ships in the fleet for the first time since 1999,” said Sture Myrmell, President, Carnival UK. “In the newly announced program, each ship offers a unique experience with distinct itineraries. With Queen Anne based out of Southampton, Queen Elizabeth out of Australia and Japan, and Queen Victoria and Queen Mary 2 both sailing world voyages, one with a full circumnavigation and one exploring the finest destinations across the Mediterranean, Asia, Australia and Africa. Our new voyages bring opportunities to explore all corners of the world in luxurious surroundings while enjoying our White Star Service as well as all the other special touches that make a trip with Cunard so special.”
Welcome to the world - new voyages and key itineraries:
The wondrous white sands of the Whitsunday Islands and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Great Barrier Reef are among the natural highlights of this 10-night voyage. Queen Elizabeth departs Sydney 22 January 2024.
Southern Islands (Q417)
The 10-night round trip voyage sailing from Tokyo will transports guests from neon-lit streets to historic shrines, stately castles and natural habitats, abundant with beauty. Queen Elizabeth departs Tokyo 14 May 2024.
Southampton to Sydney (M403B)
Blissful days at sea on board provide a relaxing balance between time ashore in Portugal, South Africa and Australia on this 47-night sailing that includes three overnight port calls. Queen Mary 2 departs Southampton 11 January 2024.
Maiden Voyage (H403)
Guests can join an illustrious guest list on board Queen Anne’s maiden voyage to Lisbon as we celebrate a new chapter of Cunard history. Sailing roundtrip from Southampton on 4 January 2024, this 7-night voyage will offer an overnight port call in which to savor Lisbon’s UNESCO-listed Belém Tower, the exquisite palaces of Sintra, and the wonderfully atmospheric nightlife of the Barrio Alto. On her return to Southampton, the newest Queen will be joined by her sister ships Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria, marking the first time these three Queens will come together – a fitting end to a voyage filled with celebratory moments.
Eastern Caribbean (H405)
Guests can relax and take pleasure in all that the newest ship has to offer on this 35-night Caribbean adventure that takes in the tropical islands of Barbados and St Lucia amongst others. Queen Anne departs Southampton 27 January 2024.
Western Mediterranean (H408)
This 16-night voyage comprises a mix of days at sea and time in port, offering the chance to discover the delights on board Cunard’s new ship as well as the fascinating histories of Lisbon, Cadiz and Rome. Queen Anne departs Southampton 29 March 2024.
Full World Voyage (V404D)
This stunning 107-night World Voyage offers the perfect opportunity to see the four corners of the world. Destinations including San Francisco and Fiji plus overnights in Hong Kong and South Africa. Queen Victoria departs Southampton 11 January 2024.
From the bustle of vibrant cities, beauty of tropical shores to the wonder of historic treasures, the inspiring new itineraries from Cunard bring an ocean of opportunities to explore all corners of the world.
The 2023 and 2024 new voyages sailing on Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth are available to book from 24 May 2022 and Queen Anne’s maiden sailings are available to book from 17 May 2022.