Cunard Unveils World Cruises For 2016

Cunard Line has announced details of its 2016 World and Exotic Cruise Program. Celebrating 94 years of carrying passengers around the globe since it pioneered the concept in 1922, the program will feature itineraries ranging from 4 to 121 days and covering 92 unique destinations (including 32 maiden calls) in 47 countries aboard the Cunard Queens.


Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth will depart Southampton together on 10 January 2016. Each ship will sail a different routing for their respective world cruise, with destination highlights including crossings of the Panama and Suez Canals, as well as cruising the Dardenelles to Aqaba and Istanbul. Each ship then returns to Southampton on 10 May 2016 for a Royal Rendezvous.


Queen Mary 2

For the first time since 2009, the Queen Mary 2 will embark on a full circumnavigation with a 120-night westbound sailing via South America and the Suez Canal, visiting 38 ports of call in 26 countries. She will travel more than 41,000 nautical miles, first crossing the Atlantic Ocean and rounding Cape Horn before sailing towards Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the Mediterranean.


Queen Victoria

Also sailing westbound is Queen Victoria, taking guests on a 120-night exploration. Visiting 37 ports of call in 22 countries (including 9 maiden calls), the ship will traverse the Panama Canal to the west coast of USA, next heading down the Pacific Ocean to Australia and New Zealand. She will provide scenic cruising of Milford Sound in New Zealand’s Fjordland National Park, returning to Europe around the African continent and the Cape of Good Hope.


Queen Elizabeth

Heading in the opposite direction, Queen Elizabeth’s 121-night voyage will span 42 port calls in 25 countries. A comprehensive immersion experience that includes 15 maiden calls, she will explore the myriad Far Eastern cultures of Japan, Korea and China, as well as the diversity of Southeast Asia in Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines during the 36,000-nautical mile journey.


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