Queen Elizabeth Set to Homeport in Melbourne in 2019

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Cunard Line has announced that Queen Elizabeth is to be based in Melbourne for two months in 2019, taking seven round-trips out of Melbourne and Sydney. Australian cruise fans will be able to enjoy the charm and extensive range of amenities providing by Queen Elizabeth, one of only three ships currently in service for Cunard Line.

The ship, which benefits from Cunard Line’s impressive 179-year history and heritage, will be brought to Australia’s cultural capital as a move towards extending Cunard Line’s traditional world cruise programme. Cunard Line’s journey planners are currently looking to extend the number of round-the-world deployment ports in the future.

Cunard’s vice President, David Rousham, said that the move comes after a high demand for the cruise ships when they have ever docked in these areas before stating:

“This will be the first time that Cunard has featured so many voyages to and from Melbourne in addition to Sydney, and will give Australians a much greater number of options to experience Cunard than ever before.”

Queen Elizabeth - Gary Bembridge

And with the Queen Elizabeth enjoying a new refurbishment in February 2016, there’s never been a better time to get on board the luxurious ship. Combining the classic charm of the golden age of the cruise industry with a selection of modern amenities and facilities, Queen Elizabeth provides an exceptional cruising experience.

The youngest ship in the Cunard Line fleet, Queen Elizabeth boasts on-board facilities and amenities seldom matched on the open seas. With a decidedly ‘English’ atmosphere, the ship boasts the wonder Garden Lounge – a dining area inspired by one of London’s best-loved green spaces, Kew Gardens.

The world voyage itineraries were formally unveiled on 14 March and sales are due to commence on 30 March. Rousham has also stated that the local Cunard team is likely to expand to assist with new itineraries which are expected to interest new cruisers.

Rousham said the plan was an evolution of Cunard’s traditional world cruise programme which is likely to see similar extended deployments in other markets in the future. There will be two round voyages to New Zealand: one from Sydney and one from Melbourne, along with three return voyages venturing to Tasmania and two to South Australia.

If you’re interested in booking your place aboard Queen Elizabeth during its short stay in Melbourne, or any other cruise from Cunard Line, visit our dedicated page here. Alternatively, call our friendly sales team on 1300 857 345, and we’ll help you find your perfect cruise itinerary.

Image sourced via Flickr Creative Commons. Credit Gary Bembridge

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Lily is in her mid 60’s and loves cruising. She and her partner have cruised on at least 40 cruises so far and there is much more to see. They usually travel on a balcony cabin, especially at Christmas where they celebrate on the cruise with the family. She lives in Manifold Heights in Victoria. Lily writes for Cruise 1st on a regular basis.

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