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Cunard’s biggest presence in Australia in 2022/23

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‘We couldn’t be more excited about Queen Elizabeth’s inaugural circumnavigation of Australia,’ Katrina McAlpine said
Australia is set to play a vital role for Cunard in 2022/23 when flagship Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria make centenary world voyages to celebrate the company’s inaugural world sailings by RMS Laconia and RMS Samaria, and Queen Elizabeth chalks up a record deployment Down Under.

Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria both depart Southampton on January 11, 2023, on their continuous circumnavigations of the globe, with Queen Mary 2 transiting the Suez Canal and Queen Victoria travelling through the Panama Canal.

102-night voyage

On her 102-night centenary world voyage, Queen Mary 2 leaves Sydney on March 12, 2023, for Fremantle via Melbourne, Kangaroo Island and Busselton (nine nights), Cape Town (26 nights), Southampton (42 nights) and New York (49 nights).

Passengers may also embark in Fremantle for Cape Town (17 nights), Southampton (33 nights) and New York (40 nights).

101-night voyage

On her 101-night centenary world voyage, Queen Victoria departs Sydney on March 1, 2023 for Hong Kong (16 nights), Singapore (22 nights), Dubai (33 nights) and Southampton (53 nights).

Queen Elizabeth’s record deployment Down Under spans from November 2022 to March 2023, with calls at 61 ports in Australia and New Zealand.

During this time she will make an inaugural circumnavigation of Australia from Fremantle on November 7 and Sydney on November 15.

She will make a Christmas round voyage from Sydney to New Zealand on December 13.

Katrina McAlpine, commercial director for Cunard in Australia, said the return of Queen Elizabeth for her longest stay will be a 'great opportunity for both repeat travellers and newcomers to experience ‘the luxury features of a Cunard voyage.’

A special place

McAlpine said Cunard has a special place in the hearts of Australians, from when its first passenger ship, Albania, arrived in 1925 and throughout World War II when its liners became troop ships between Australia and the Middle East. 

McAlpine said Queen Mary 2 brought Sydney to a standstill on her maiden visit in 2007 and a visit of one or more Cunard Queens is often cited as the high point of the (Australian) summer season.

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