Cunard Announces 2020-21 Program – All Three Queens to Visit Australia

Luxury cruise line Cunard has unveiled full details of its 2020-21 program, offering Australians unprecedented opportunities to travel in style on board the line’s iconic trio of Queens.

The new program features world voyages by flagship Queen Mary 2 and her younger sister Queen Victoria, as well as a record 118-day Australian deployment for Queen Elizabeth, with all three ships visiting Australia during the season for the first time in five years.

From November 2020 to May 2021, Cunard’s three ships will travel 139,000 nautical miles, calling at 94 destinations in 38 different countries, including maiden calls to Hualien in Taiwan, Miyakojima in Japan and New Plymouth in New Zealand.

Sailings range from short two-night breaks to a 108-night world voyage, with itineraries blending world-class cities with smaller, less well-known destinations, and each journey delivering a refined and immersive Cunard experience.

Departing Southampton on January 10, 2021, Cunard’s flagship Queen Mary 2 will embark on a classic voyage of global exploration, taking in diverse regions from southern Africa to Southeast Asia and the Mediterranean as well as Australia where she will visit eight ports, from Fremantle to Cairns and Darwin.

Queen Victoria will set sail on a western circumnavigation of the globe offering an itinerary packed full of ‘must-do’ experiences, including scenic cruising in the Panama Canal and overnight stays in San Francisco, Honolulu, Hong Kong, Singapore and Cape Town as well as Sydney. Her time in Australian waters will also include visits to Brisbane, the Whitsundays and Darwin.

Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth’s program of exotic voyages will offer more regional-focussed itineraries, including her record 118-day season Down Under featuring a range of short sojourns between major Australian cities as well as longer journeys around Australia and New Zealand.

Cunard Senior Manager for Australia and New Zealand Katrina McAlpine said: "With all three Queens visiting Down Under during our 2020-21 program, and Queen Elizabeth spending a record number of days in Australian waters, Australians will have more opportunities than ever before to experience all the pleasures of a holiday at sea with Cunard.

"This new program offers a wonderful mix of unique and interesting itineraries, from voyages circumnavigating the globe through to short local sailings for those who’d like to explore more of Australia in style," Ms McAlpine said.

Voyages available in the new program include:

Queen Elizabeth

  •  A 14-night Christmas and New Year cruise to New Zealand departing Melbourne on December 22, 2020 (Q101). Fares start from $4449* per person twin share.
  •  A 13-night sailing from Auckland to Sydney via Tasmania departing January 27, 2021 (Q105). Fares start from $3999* per person twin share.

Queen Mary 2

  •  A 99-night World Voyage sailing roundtrip from Southampton on January 10, 2021 (M103E). Fares start from $22,299* per person twin share.
  •  A 28-night journey from Cape Town to Sydney departing January 24, 2021 (M104B). Fares start from $6399* per person twin share.

Queen Victoria

  •  A 21-night San Francisco to Sydney voyage, departing February 6, 2021 (V106). Fares start from $5349* per person twin share.
  •  A 25-night journey from Hong Kong to Cape Town sailing March 20, 2021 (V108). Fares start from $6699* per person twin share.

The 2021 World Voyage season and Queen Elizabeth’s 2020-21 Australian program will go on sale for past guests at 7pm (AEDT) on March 12, 2019 and for all other guests at 7pm (AEDT) on March 13, 2019. For more information and bookings, contact your travel consultant, call Cunard on 132 494 or visit

*Subject to availability. Conditions apply.


Program Highlights

Queen Mary 2:

  •  36 voyage combinations ranging from 3 to 113 nights
  •  Over 47,000 nautical miles
  •  37 ports
  •  22 countries
  •  Overnight stays in Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Sydney, and three days in Cape Town
  •  25 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Queen Victoria:

  •  36 voyage combinations ranging from 2 to 112 nights
  •  Over 41,000 nautical miles
  •  39 ports
  •  24 countries
  •  Overnight stays in San Francisco, Honolulu, Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore and Cape Town
  •  Includes scenic cruising in the Panama Canal
  •  25 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Queen Elizabeth:

  •  82 voyage combinations ranging from 2 to 39 nights
  •  Over 49,000 nautical miles
  •  46 ports
  •  10 countries
  •  4 maiden calls for Queen Elizabeth
  •  Overnight stays in Auckland, Wellington, Hobart, Singapore and Hong Kong
  •  Scenic cruising in Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
  •  24 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

About Cunard

Cunard is a luxury British cruise line, renowned for creating unforgettable experiences around the world. Cunard has been a leading operator of passenger ships on the North Atlantic, since 1840, celebrating an incredible 175 years of operation in 2015. A pioneer in transatlantic journeys for generations, Cunard is world class. The Cunard experience is built on fine dining, hand-selected entertainment and outstanding service. From five-star restaurants and in-suite dining to inspiring guest speakers, the library and film screenings, every detail has been meticulously crafted to make the experience unforgettable. There are currently three Cunard ships, Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria with destinations including Europe, the Caribbean, the Far East and Australia. In 2017, Cunard announced plans to add a fourth ship to its fleet that will be launched in 2022. This investment is part of the company’s ambitious plans for the future of Cunard globally and will be the first time since 1998 that Cunard will have four ships in simultaneous service. Cunard is based at Carnival House in Southampton and has been owned by Carnival Corporation since 1998.

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