Escape the British winter and enjoy an experience of a lifetime aboard a luxury cruise with Cunard.
Cunard pretty much invented the world cruise and to this day nobody does it better. Every winter and spring the company’s three Queens set sail from Southampton on round trips to distant destinations that are exotic, enticing and generally a good deal balmier than frosty old Blighty.
For many guests it really is the trip of a lifetime. However well travelled you are, a Cunard World Voyage is almost certain to take you somewhere beyond your wildest dreams or experience, and in a style to which (unless you’re very fortunate or royalty) you are not generally accustomed.
It’s not just the wealth of destinations you visit, from buzzing cities to sleepy atolls, and the bliss of returning night after night to your stateroom in a floating palace and your ever-broadening circle of new friends. The arrival of a Cunarder still creates a real stir, especially in smaller ports, with you right at the centre of the excitement.
Cunard’s flagship Queen Mary sails on 10 January 2018 for a 120-night World Voyage to Australia and New Zealand via the Canaries, South Africa, Réunion and Mauritius, returning via southeast Asia, India, the Arabian Peninsula, Suez and the Mediterranean.
With 42 destinations in 23 countries it seems unfair to pick out highlights. But the heart of this adventure is surely the six destinations showcasing the breathtaking beauty and variety of New Zealand, including the whales’ playground of the Bay of Islands, the gushing geysers of Rotorua, and Milford Sound, Kipling’s “eighth wonder of the world”.
The varied itinerary also includes 35 Unesco World Heritage sites. Some are world-famous – Robben Island, the Great Barrier Reef, the Vatican – but others will feel like astonishing discoveries. There is Bahla Fort in Oman, eight miles of walls, towers and ramparts built entirely of mud, and the watchtowers and villages of Kaiping amid the lush countryside of Guangdong province in southern China.
So many of South America’s signature sights are near the coast that a cruise is the perfect way to experience them. Queen Victoria delivers the complete package on her 75-night Discover America World Voyage, a full circumnavigation of the continent sailing from Southampton on 7 January 2018, with additional landfalls in Bermuda, the West Indies, Central America and the US.
Several capital cities are on the 15-country itinerary, including handsome Montevideo, tango-mad Buenos Aires (“the Paris of South America”) and mouth-watering Lima, where the fruits of the Pacific are seasoned with a Peruvian-Asian zing.
Landscapes range from the wildlife-rich rainforests of Belize to Chile’s glacier-spiked fjords that rival Norway’s in their magnificence. In Peru, Belize and Mexico you’ll experience 10,000 years of human history and archaeological remains, while Rio de Janeiro offers a lesson in 21st-century joie de vivre. Rounding Cape Horn and traversing the Panama Canal also provide two of sea travel’s truly classic experiences.
For some people, nothing quite matches the thrill of emulating Magellan, Drake and Cook and sailing right around the world. For them Queen Elizabeth’s World Voyage is tailor-made, a 122-night global circumnavigation sailing from Southampton on 7 January 2018. The 39 landfalls include New York, San Francisco, Hawaii, French Polynesia, Auckland, Sydney and Brisbane before reaching Japan.
Here six calls in five ports form the centrepiece of this epic voyage, where tea ceremonies, bullet trains, shogun castles, tiered temples and immaculate gardens all await. The return itinerary includes China, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, the Seychelles, South Africa and the Canaries.
En route you could enjoy some of the finest experiences the world has to offer, from kayaking in New Zealand’s Bay of Islands and climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge to a game drive in South Africa and snorkelling with rainbow fish in the Seychelles.
If you cannot spare the time for a full world cruise you can still experience the destinations that interest you most. Cunard has packaged up scintillating sections of the three Queens’ World Voyages into a selection of exotic fly-drive cruises lasting from five to 53 nights. It can also book you into some of the world’s best hotels if you’d like some extra time at the start or end of your cruise.Time, space and a life less ordinary
To travel with Cunard on the magnificient Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2 or Queen Victoria is to enjoy an indulgent escape from the everyday and the mundane.
Book now to receive a complimentary stateroom upgrade on your spring or summer 2017/18 voyage or additional complimentary money to spend on board your 2018 winter cruise. UK bookings only. Terms and conditions apply.
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