Cunard has just revealed that Queen Elizabeth will return to Australia for a record breaking 118 days over the 2020-21 summer, headlining the luxury cruise line’s biggest ever Aussie season.

The season will also see visits from Cunard’s flagship Queen Mary 2 and sister ship Queen Victoria during their world voyages.

Queen Elizabeth’s four-month season will begin in November 2020 with over 60 itineraries as she sails from her homeports of Melbourne and Sydney.


Trips will range from two-night sailings between Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide to longer journeys around Australia and New Zealand.

New offerings include 12 and 13-night cruises between Sydney and Auckland calling at a range of ports along the New Zealand coastline, as well as calls to Tasmania and Victoria. The cruises can also be combined to create a 25-night journey.

Aussies can also look forward to a Royal Rendezvous with Queen Victoria in Sydney on March 1, 2021, marking the first time the two ships have met in Australia.

Cunard President Simon Palethorpe said the cruise line’s decision to boost its Australian presence was thanks to a continued growth in popularity of Cunard cruises among Australian travellers.

“Our new 2020-21 season is not only our biggest, it will be the third consecutive summer deployment Down Under for Queen Elizabeth, which is winning a strong following among local cruisers who enjoy her stylish features and her voyage offerings.”

Cunard President Simon Palethorpe

“Basing Queen Elizabeth in Australia for a record 118 days enables us to create a range of new itinerary options, such as our longer New Zealand journeys, which we think will appeal to both existing and new Cunard guests and boost the popularity of Queen Elizabeth even further.”

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