Cunard has announced a 60-day extension of Queen Elizabeth’s current Australian cruise season. The luxury ship will sail local waters until 9 May 2020, strengthening domestic and regional tourism.
“The extension of Queen Elizabeth’s Australia and New Zealand season is a result of the current uncertainty due to travel restrictions and port closures in Asia and their effect on cruise operations in the region,” said Katrina McAlpine, Commercial Director Cunard Australia and New Zealand.
“In response to the operational uncertainties in Asia, Queen Elizabeth will instead remain in local waters for another 60 days. This extended Australia season will benefit local tourism with 29 visits to ports around the country during her additional 60-day deployment.”
There are six new itineraries, including her first ever 27-night full circumnavigation of Australia as well as calls to destinations such as Eden and Kangaroo Island, which have both welcomed cruise ship visits as a timely contribution following the bushfire emergency.
On 9 May, Queen Elizabeth will depart Sydney on a 24-night Transpacific crossing to Vancouver via New Caledonia, Honolulu, Maui, LA and San Francisco before the 2,000-passenger ship commences her 2020 Alaska program.
Queen Elizabeth’s new Australia and New Zealand itineraries will be on sale on Cunard.com from Friday, 21 February at 9am and offer a unique opportunity to experience the world’s most famous shipping line at extraordinary value.
Guests booked on Queen Elizabeth’s Asia and Japan itineraries have been notified by Cunard about the changes and are being offered offering full refunds and special incentives to book a new voyage.
Highlights of the new Queen Elizabeth program include:
- The ships first ever 27-night full circumnavigation of Australia with stops in Sydney, Brisbane, Airlie Beach, Cairns, Darwin, Fremantle, Adelaide, Kangaroo Island and Melbourne between 12 April to 7 May.
- Two six-night Tasmania voyages ex Sydney sailing to Eden, Port Arthur, Hobart, Burnie and Melbourne.
- Two 11-night New Zealand voyages ex Sydney visiting Wellington, Tauranga, Auckland and the Bay of Islands.