Cruise ship company Cunard has announced in 2017, their flagship, the Queen Mary 2, will embark on a new Full World Voyages Programme.
The cruise will sail more than 37,000 nautical miles, visit 40 ports in 23 countries, 33 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, nine maiden calls, three overnight stays, and 11 late-evening departures.
“Since Cunard inaugurated the first world cruise in 1922, our company has carried more guests and made more trips around the world than any other cruise line,” said Richard Meadows, president of Cunard, North America. “Cunard’s Full World Voyage Programme wil bring unique experiences to our guests, whether it be an in-depth exploration of Asia or a trip up the Amazon river. There is an itinerary for both returning world cruisers and for those new to Cunard who wish to revel in Cunard’s legendary grand luxury.”
The voyage begins on January 3, 2017 in New York, then heads off to Southampton, onto South Africa, and then onward towards Australia.
The Queen Mary 2 will then operate round trip between Hong Kong and Shanghai before embarking towards Arabia and Europe sailing the Suez Canal, before heading back to Southampton and New York.
The overnight stays will include Cape Town, Singapore, and Dubai.
For the first time, the Queen Mary 2 is planning to dock in Le Port, Réunion; Kangaroo Island, Australia; Hobart, Australia; Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei; Keelung, Taiwan; Jeju Island, South Korea; Busan, South Korea; and two firsts for the fleet – Busselton and Port Arthur, Australia.
Fares begin at $18,300 for the 108-night Cape Town to New York voyage; $20,000 for the 118-night Southampton round-trip; and $22,400 for the 132-night New York round-trip.