Cunard Unveils “Oceans of Discovery” Program

Cunard unveiled its ‘Oceans of Discovery’ voyage program featuring sailings from November 2019 through April 2020. Flagship liner Queen Mary 2 along with Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria will call at 123 destinations in 48 different countries, including 10 maiden calls in Japan, Australia and Papua New Guinea.

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Whether it is a two-night short break or a full 113-night world voyage, the Cunard fleet will offer a blend of iconic, world-class cities along with smaller, lesser-known but equally charming destinations. Oceans of Discovery, by Cunard includes:

  • The World Voyage:  In 2020, Queen Mary 2 will offer a World Voyage lasting between 99 and 113 nights.
  • Grand Voyages: These itineraries offer more days at sea with the luxury of time.
  • Regions of the World: These voyages balance the exploration of shore days with time at sea.

“Cunard’s iconic three Queens will traverse the globe during our 2020 program,” said Josh Leibowitz, senior vice president, Cunard North America. “These carefully curated itineraries offer extended time in port so guests have more time to explore each destination, including many overnight stays featuring two full days of exploration in cities such as Cape Town, Auckland and Buenos Aires.”

Cunard World Club members will be able to book exclusively beginning on March 19, 2018, and booking will open for the public on March 20, 2018.

Queen Mary 2 

Queen Mary 2 will operate Cunard’s only World Voyage in 2020 and will undertake her classic East-West Voyage to Australia and Asia, including the Mediterranean, Arabian Gulf, Indian Ocean and Southern Africa. The World Cruise can be taken as a round-trip from either New York (113 nights) orLondon (99 nights). Shorter voyage options range in length from one-to-three weeks and can be combined in many ways allowing guests to create their own travel experience to the cities of their choice.

The beginning of the voyage is routed via the Mediterranean Sea and Suez Canal to the Arabian Gulf and across the Indian Ocean, entering Asia via the Malacca Straits. From there Queen Mary 2 will head north via Vietnam to Hong Kong before heading south to Australia. The final leg of the voyage is the return to London from Australia, which is routed via South Africa.

Queen Mary 2’s 2020 deployment features:

  • The World Voyage
  • Grand Voyages
  • Regions of the World
  • 35 voyage combinations ranging from 7 to 113 nights
  • 38 ports in 26 countries
  • Overnight stays in Haifa, Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Sydney, and a double overnight in Cape Town
    Transits the Suez Canal
  • 38 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Queen Elizabeth

In December 2019 and the first half of 2020, Queen Elizabeth will offer a series of round-trip voyages from international ports. In between these deployments will be grand voyages that capture the imagination and spirit of adventure in travel lovers across the world.

Queen Elizabeth will operate six round-trip voyages from Melbourne and two from Sydney, covering the regions of South Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand as well as a new itinerary that features the paradise of Papua New Guinea with maiden calls in Conflict Island and Kiriwina. The ship will offer multiple sailings in Japan, making five maiden calls to Japanese ports in 2020.

Queen Elizabeth’s 2020 deployment features:

  • Grand Voyage
  • Regions of the World.
  • 75 voyage combinations ranging from 2 to 49 nights
  • 67 ports in 21 countries
  • Overnight stays in Cape Town, Auckland, Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai
  • Scenic cruising in Fiordland National Park, New Zealand, as well as Hubbard Glacier and the Inside Passage
  • 15 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria’s winter deployment consists of a series of European departures in November and December 2019, followed by a winter escape round-trip experience to South America that offers a mix of relaxation and exploration. The ship will offer longer stays in ports such as Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires, as well as overnights in Manaus, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, and Callao for guests to immerse themselves in all that South America has to offer. Scenic cruising will include the Amazon River, the Magellan Straits, Cape Horn, the Chilean Fjords and the Panama Canal.

Queen Victoria’s 2020 deployment features:

  • Grand Voyages
  • Regions of the World
  • 23 voyage combinations ranging from 2 to 82 nights
  • 41 ports in 20 countries
  • Overnight stays in Manaus, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and Callao
  • Scenic cruising in the Amazon River, Panama Canal, Magellan Straits, around Cape Horn and the Chilean Fjords
  • 22 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

World Voyage Benefits

Those booking the Queen Mary 2 World Voyage from New York or Southampton (departing Jan 3 and 10 respectively), or the Queen Victoria South America Voyage from Hamburg, Southampton or Fort Lauderdale (departing Jan 2, 10, and 21 respectively), will receive the following benefits:

  • Welcome on board reception
  • Services of a World Voyage Concierge and use of private lounge
  • Unique commemorative gift
  • World Voyage cocktail parties
  • Shoreside Gala Dinner / Cocktail Party
  • Daily gratuities

Early Booking World Voyage Benefits

Full World bookings made by November 30, 2018 will receive the following:

  • Reduced Deposit
  • Onboard Credit of up to $3,000 per stateroom
  • Complimentary Captain’s Wine Reception (in Oceanview, Balcony and Grills Suites)
  • Alternative Dining Credit (in Oceanview, Balcony and Grill Suites)
  • Ground Transfers (in Oceanview and Balcony) and Upgraded Private Transfers (in Grill Suites)
  • Laundry Service (in Oceanview, Balcony and Grill Suites)

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