In 2015, the Cunard Line will be celebrating an amazing milestone, their 175th anniversary, an accomplishment not held by many other passenger lines. To celebrate this event, Cunard will be offering some very special cruise itineraries on their fleet’s three ships.
Setting sail in January of that year, the Queen Elizabeth will be sailing on a “Full World Voyage”, a 112-day journey round trip from Southampton heading westward around the world that will visit 38 ports in 26 countries. The cruise will have overnight stops in San Francisco, Sydney, Hong Kong, and Istanbul. There will also be a maiden port of call in Cairns Australia.
Also in January, the Queen Mary 2 (pictured above) will be sailing round trip from Southampton on a “Full World Voyage”, although this itinerary doesn’t sail around the world. Heading through the Mediterranean, it will continue its journey into the Indian Ocean, eventually going around Australia/New Zealand and Africa to return back to Southampton. Thirty eight ports will be visited in 21 countries, and there will be overnight stays in Sokhna (Cairo) Egypt, Dubai, Hong Kong, Auckland, and Cape Town. This itinerary has four maiden ports of call including Sihanoukville Cambodia, Sanya China, Bandar Seri Begawan in Brunei, and Bitung Indonesia.
The Queen Victoria will be heading out on a 103-day round trip from Southampton heading west through the Panama Canal eventually reaching Australia and then heading back eastward stopping at different ports on the return trip. There will be an overnight stay in Sydney and 33 ports will be visited in 21 countries on this itinerary. There will be five maiden ports of call for this trip including Limon Costa Rica, Akaroa (Christchurch) New Zealand, Rarotonga in the Cook Islands, Bora Bora, and San Juan del Sur in Nicaragua.
All three ships will meet up on May 25th in Liverpool, for the first time ever, to celebrate the company’s 175th anniversary. On July 4th, the Queen Mary 2 will then sail from Liverpool to Boston to reenact the Cunard Britannia’s historic crossing of the Atlantic in 1840.
Cunard Line is a subsidiary of the Carnival Corporation, which acquired the line in 1998, and is based in Southampton England.