Cunard Line has announced that the world’s most famous ship, its magnificent Queen Mary 2, will be based in
The “Royal Circumnavigation of Australia” is a first for Cunard and will generate an economic windfall around the country.
The largest ship ever to visit Australia, she will call at eight Australian ports during her time Down Under including Sydney, Fremantle, Adelaide and the Whitsundays as well as maiden visits to Cairns (Yorkey’s Knob), Darwin, Melbourne and Brisbane. Her circumnavigation will also include a call at
Australians will be able to choose from three circumnavigation options – a 22-night voyage departing
In all, Queen Mary 2 will spend 28 nights in Australian waters, as she sails from
The Australian deployment will be the longest she has been based in one country outside of her northern hemisphere home ports of
Speaking onboard the liner during her visit to Sydney, Ann Sherry, Chief Executive of Carnival
“This one decision will generate at least $10 million for the Australian economy as the local cruise industry remains on track to contribute more than $3 billion and carry one million Australians annually by 2020,” Ms Sherry said.
Cunard President and Managing Director Peter Shanks said Cunard had strong and proud links with
“Recognising the strong growth of cruising in the Australian market and increased demand from Australians for the unique Cunard Line experience, we are delighted to base the most famous ship in the world, Queen Mary 2, in
The Royal Circumnavigation will not go on sale until mid 2010 to allow the final itinerary details to be finalised with the various port authorities around the country.
However, Cunard will be taking expressions of interest from this Friday, March 12, 2010 from travellers interested in sailing on Queen Mary 2 from Sydney, Fremantle or Adelaide before deciding the voyage’s sectors.* Expressions of interest should be logged at www.queenmary2.com.au/register
Australian travellers will also be able to join Queen Mary 2 as she sails to
*Itinerary is based on preliminary plans and subject to change before its sale date.