Cunard has just officially unveiled its “Oceans of Discovery” voyage programme featuring sailings from November 2019 through April 2020.
Flagship liner Queen Mary 2 along with Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria will call at 123 destinations in 48 different countries, including 10 exciting maiden calls in Japan, Australia and Papua New Guinea.
The cruises will range from two-night short breaks to a full 113-night world voyage, offering iconic, world-class cities along with smaller, lesser-known but equally charming destinations. Oceans of Discovery will include:
The World Voyage
Since pioneering the concept of world cruising in 1922, Cunard has offered more world voyages and sent more ships around the globe than any other cruise line.
In 2020, Queen Mary 2 will offer the only true World Voyage lasting between 99 and 113 nights.
These itineraries will offer more days at sea with the luxury of time and create unforgettable journeys for guests, calling on the world’s most iconic ports.
Regions of the World
These voyages will showcase the most fascinating of earth’s regions, finding that perfect balance between the exploration of shore days and peaceful time at sea.
“Cunard’s iconic three Queens will traverse the globe during our 2020 program,” said Josh Leibowitz, senior vice president, Cunard North America.
“These carefully curated itineraries offer extended time in port, so guests have more time to explore each destination, including many overnight stays featuring two full days of exploration in cities such as Cape Town, Auckland and Buenos Aires.”
Queen Mary 2
Queen Mary 2 will offer Cunard’s only World Voyage in 2020 and will undertake her classic East-West Voyage to Australia and Asia, including the Mediterranean, Arabian Gulf, Indian Ocean and Southern Africa.
It can be taken as a round-trip from either New York (113 nights) or London (99 nights), however there are also shorter voyage options that range from one-to-three weeks.
The beginning of the voyage is routed via the Mediterranean Sea and Suez Canal to the Arabian Gulf and across the Indian Ocean, entering Asia via the Malacca Straits.
From there, she will head north via Vietnam to Hong Kong before heading south to Australia and the final leg of the voyage is the return to London from Australia, routed via South Africa.
The cruise includes more overnight stays than in any of Queen Mary 2’s world voyages in the past 10 years.
In December 2019 and the first half of 2020, Queen Elizabeth will offer guests a series of round-trip voyages from international ports.
She’ll operate six round-trip voyages from Melbourne and two from Sydney, covering the popular regions of South Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand.
Additionally, guests can choose a new itinerary that features the exotic paradise of Papua New Guinea with maiden calls in Conflict Island and Kiriwina.
The ship will offer fans multiple sailings in Japan, making five maiden calls to Japanese ports in 2020.
Queen Victoria’s winter deployment will consist of a series of European departures in November and December 2019, followed by a winter escape round-trip experience to South America.
With this option, Cunard fans can enjoy longer stays in ports such as Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires, as well as overnights in Manaus, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, and Callao.
Scenic cruising will include the Amazon River, the Magellan Straits, Cape Horn, the Chilean Fjords and the Panama Canal.
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