Australians can sail aboard all three Cunard liners in one seamless cruise holiday from New York to Europe next May as part of a unique, new, fly/cruise package released by Cruise Express.
The liner-hopping ‘Three Queens’ package features the world’s most famous sea voyage – the transatlantic crossing from New York to Southampton – aboard the world’s most famous liner, Queen Mary 2, as well as cruises to the Canary Islands and fjords of Norway aboard sister ships, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth. The three, back-to-back cruises provide a total of 29 nights aboard the regal Cunard trio with their signature ballrooms, chandeliers, sweeping staircases, gourmet cuisine, high teas, spacious teak decks and white-gloved service.
Cruise Express’ 37-night northern spring itinerary begins on 28 May 2017, with a flight from Australia to New York for a two-night stay at the Renaissance Times Square Hotel in Manhattan. After free time to explore the Big Apple, guests will board Cunard’s flagship ocean liner, Queen Mary 2 for a classic, seven-night transatlantic voyage direct to Southampton.
After a one-night stay in the Grand Harbour Southampton Hotel, guests will return to the docks to board Queen Victoria for a 15-night, round-trip sailing south to the lush, volcanic islands of The Canaries as well as the garden island of Madeira and Portugal’s historic, cobblestoned capital, Lisbon.
Two nights back at the Grand Harbour Southampton Hotel follow before guests regain their sea legs aboard the third Cunard ‘royal’, Queen Elizabeth, for a seven-night, circuit cruise north to Norway. Ports include the heritage town of Stavanger, Bergen with its medieval wooden houses, the picturesque fjord-town of Andalsnes – home to Europe’s highest cliff, the 1100-metre Troll Wall – and the tiny hamlet of Flam where passengers can join one of the world’s most spectacular train rides high into the mountains past thundering waterfalls.
Also featured is scenic cruising along three of Norway’s most beautiful fjords – Aurlandsfjord, Romsdalsfjord and Norway’s longest fjord, the 204-kilometre long, cliff-lined Sognefjord.
Back in Southampton at the end of the three voyages, guests will be transferred to London for a two-night stay at the Royal Horseguards Hotel where they can decide which Cunard Queen was their favourite. A flight back to Australia on 3 July 2017 ends the itinerary.
Free double upgrade: Bookings made by 14 November 2016 will receive a free double upgrade from an interior to a balcony stateroom on each of the three ships. The ‘Three Queens’ package is available from $9799 per person, twin-share, from Sydney and Melbourne, $10,149 from Perth and $10,199 from Adelaide and Brisbane. Fares include return economy class flights, the three voyages and seven nights’ accommodation in New York, Southampton and London.