Cunard Announces 2013 World Voyages

Cunard Line is proud to announce the 2013 World Voyage programme once again offering a pinnacle luxury cruise vacation.  On 10 January 2013 Queen Victoria and flagship Queen Mary 2 will set sail from Southampton, England on epic voyages around the globe with the ships together visiting 55 unique ports of call in 28 countries.

The company offers itineraries calling on legendary ports, featuring overnights in Sydney, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Dubai on Queen Victoria; and overnights in Dubai, Hong Kong, Shanghai and a two-night overnight in Cape Town on Queen Mary 2.

“We are proud to continue the 90-year legacy of our signature world voyages,” said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line.  “To sail the world’s oceans and touch all corners of the globe is an incomparable experience, one that is even more heightened by the elegant style, attentive White Star service and world-class experience aboard a famous Cunard liner.”

Queen Victoria World Voyage

Queen Victoria makes a triumphant return to the World Voyage in 2013 featuring convenient departures from New York, Ft. Lauderdale and San Francisco. Her 105-day voyage will span 34 exotic ports in 23 countries, crossing three of the earth’s oceans, both tropics and the equator, and passing through two of the world’s most impressive engineering feats – the Panama and Suez Canals.

From San Francisco, the ship sails to the South Pacific and New Zealand before arriving for an overnight stay in Sydney, Australia.  Next, Queen Victoria heads north for an overnight call in Hong Kong via the Great Barrier Reef, Darwin, Bali, Manila and another overnight in the vibrant Chinese city of Shanghai.  Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Sri Lanka and India line the route to Oman before a fourth overnight call, this time in Dubai.  Queen Victoria begins the final leg of her epic voyage with visits to Jordan and Egypt before transiting the Suez Canal, followed by the romance of European calls in Rome and Lisbon before completing her voyage in Southampton.

In total, Queen Victoria will visit nine ports for the first time: Falmouth in Jamaica, Bay of Islands in New Zealand, Brisbane, the Whitsundays, Darwin, Bali, Manila, Colombo, Sri Lanka and Sokhna, Egypt. Fares for the full 105-day World Voyage start from $19,995 per person, based on double occupancy.

Segment Voyages capture the essence of Queen Victoria’s World Voyage in a shorter time frame, ranging from 16 to 23 days, and include New York to San Francisco (16 days), San Francisco to Sydney (20 days), Sydney to Hong Kong (23 days), Hong Kong to Dubai (20 days) and Dubai to Southampton (18 days).  Guests can enjoy great value by combining two or more consecutive segments to create adventurous Liner Voyages.  Segment fares start from $3,235 per person, based on double occupancy.

Queen Mary 2 World Voyage

Now a seasoned World Voyage liner, Queen Mary 2 will begin her sixth World Voyage in Southampton, and head east, across four continents and 34 ports in 18 countries.  Her 106-day voyage will include six maiden calls to Abu Dhabi, UAE; Colombo, Sri Lanka; Langkawi, Malaysia; Ko Samui, Thailand; Christchurch, New Zealand and Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Queen Mary 2 sails first to an overnight stay in Dubai that includes en route calls to Spain, Greece and Egypt, as well as a transit of the Suez Canal.  After a maiden call to Abu Dhabi, she will sail to India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam before gliding into Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong for an overnight stay.  After that, Queen Mary 2 is off to Shanghai for another overnight stay and then to Australia’s Gold Coast on the way to Sydney.  From here, she will offer a 12-day loop of New Zealand, including a maiden call in Christchurch in addition to visiting Wellington, Auckland and the beautiful Bay of Islands.  After a second visit to Sydney, Queen Mary 2 will turn her bow westward, heading for Cape Town in South Africa by way of Australia’s south and west coasts, Mauritius, Durban and a maiden call to Port Elizabeth.  After two nights in Cape Town, this epic voyage continues to explore the African continent with a call in Namibia before returning to Europe for calls in the Atlantic Isles and Spain and journey’s end in Southampton.

Full World Voyage fares start from $19,995 person, based on double occupancy.

Segment Voyages aboard Queen Mary 2 range from 12 to 22 days and include Southampton to Dubai (18 days), Dubai to Hong Kong (20 days), Hong Kong to Sydney (18 days), roundtrip from Sydney (12 days), Sydney to Cape Town (22 days) and Cape Town to Southampton (16 days).  Segment fares start from $2,575 per person, based on double occupancy.

Enhanced Benefits Program

Guests who book their World Voyage adventure before 29 February 2012 can enjoy savings of up to 10% off Early Booking Fares (EBF).  This discount will be applicable to Full World, Liner and Segment Voyages. Guests booking by this date will also receive an On Board Credit of up to $3,000 per stateroom – on Full World and Liner Voyages.

In addition to the 10% Bonus Early Booking discounts, World Club members will receive additional savings of up to $2000 per person and – NEW for 2013 – these savings will now combine with most fares outside of final payment for which the past guest qualifies – giving past guests the peace of mind that booking early will remain advantageous.

Full World Voyage benefits include:

•  Complimentary Hotel & Dining Charges (gratuities)
•  Gala World Voyage Dinner
•  Special Commemorative Gifts
•  World Voyage Concierge
•  Welcome Aboard Reception & Senior Officer Dinner
•  World Voyage Cocktail parties

Queen Elizabeth South Pacific and Americas Voyages

In addition to these grand World Voyages in 2013, Queen Elizabeth will embark on an extended voyage through the South Pacific as well as offer some itineraries in the Americas, visiting 22 ports in 11 countries and making 11 maiden calls.  The 36-day Pearls of the Pacific voyage will sail roundtrip from Los Angeles on 4 February and call on Honolulu, and Pago Pago and Apia in Somoa, and then make several calls in New Zealand including Auckland, Napier, Wellington and a maiden call in Christchurch.  The ship will then sail for two more maiden calls in Papeete and Bora Bora in French Polynesia, before visiting Kahalui and Hilo in Hawaii for the first time, and concludes the voyage in Los Angeles.  Fares for this voyage start from $6,245 per person, based on double occupancy.  Queen Elizabeth’s Americas voyages include a 15-day Panama Canal voyage from Ft. Lauderdale to Los Angeles and an 18-day Los Angeles to New York voyage.

On a luxury cruise vacation aboard Queen Victoria, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth, guests revel in the experience of the voyage itself, not just the destination.  By day, guests enjoy leisurely activities – including reading in the ships’ voluminous libraries, relaxing in their world class spas, enjoying white-gloved afternoon tea service and engaging in Cunard Insights guest enrichment programmes.  By night, guests are treated to black tie dinners, entertained by Royal Nights themed balls and West End-style productions, and delighted by Veuve Clicquot champagne cocktails.  In addition, each Cunard Queen pampers her guests with impeccable White Star Service and offers a wide variety of premier stateroom accommodations – including award-winning Queens Grill & Princess Grill suites.

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