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A homeport in Australia is just one part of this exciting development

A homeport in Australia is just one part of this exciting development

Cunard already has a stellar reputation for providing exemplary service and classic cruise luxury, but those familiar with the cruise line now have even more to look forward to when booking their next Cunard voyage. Cunard has just announced the all new cruising programme ‘Oceans of Discovery’ which will see its three stately ships exploring the world in ways they never have before.

Debuting in 2019-2020, Oceans of Discovery is an ambitious programme which is set to delight and astound Cunard guests. With three distinct ways of indulging in the cruising experience, each guest is sure to find a niche that suits them perfectly. Perhaps the most exciting feature of the programme is the fact that the Queen Elizabeth will be homeported in Australia for the season, giving Australasian cruise fans ample opportunities to sample the Cunard way. She’ll even be the first Cunard ship to spend Christmas Down Under, with a visit to the gorgeous Fiordland National Park on Boxing Day and an overnight stay in Auckland to ring in the New Year.

All three ships in the Cunard Line fleet will be part of the Oceans of Discovery programme.

Image: Cunard - James Morgan

Grand Voyages

If you’re pining for a classic cruise experience, you can’t do better than a Grand Voyage by Cunard. Following legendary sailing routes and including many sea days, a Grand Voyage will allow guests to discover the subtle serenity that comes with long stints far from land. That’s not to say port visits are off the table. Grand Voyages will call into some of the world’s most iconic ports, allowing guests to spice their journey with even more classic cruise moments.

Regions of the World

While Grand Voyages emphasise life at sea, Regions of the World is all about the places that you can discover along the way. Offering carefully curated sailings to some of Earth’s most intriguing destinations, these voyages treat guests to rich cultural destinations and stunning views. Flights are included, so all you have to decide is where to start.

The World Voyage

Step aboard the Queen Mary 2 in 2020 for the greatest travel adventure of your life. Depending on where you start, this voyage will last between 99 and 113 nights, spanning the globe and introducing you to countless unforgettable destinations. With plenty of tranquil days at sea balanced by intriguing port visits, The World Voyage by Cunard is the ultimate in classic luxury cruise experiences.

Enjoy an experience that no other Cunard guest ever has before when you’re onboard for one of the Oceans of Discovery maiden calls.


Oceans of Discovery by Cunard will guide guests to some truly astounding destinations around the world here are a few cruising highlights from the upcoming 2020 season:

  • The Queen Elizabeth will be sailing from Australia not just to domestic destinations and across to New Zealand, but out across the waves to places like Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Vietnam and Japan.
  • Escape the ordinary on the Queen Victoria as she sails down the Amazon River to Manaus, through the Panama Canal and around Cape Horn. 
  • Experience international nightlife with 15 different overnight stays in various ports around the world and 24 late evenings. 

The Queen Elizabeth will be frequently visiting destinations around both Australia and New Zealand in 2020 as part of Oceans of Discovery.

Maiden Calls

Oceans of Discovery is also breaking new ground by introducing guests to 10 different ports which have never been visited by Cunard before:

  • Esperance, Australia
  • Cairns, Australia
  • Kiriwina, Papua New Guinea
  • Conflict Islands, Papua New Guinea
  • Miyazaki (tours from Aburatsu), Japan
  • Shimizu, Japan
  • Fukuoka, Japan
  • Maizuru, Japan
  • Otaru, Japan
  • Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (tours from Korsakov), Russian Federation


Oceans of Discovery is opening up the world to Cunard cruisers like never before, and with the Queen Elizabeth stationed Down Under it would be a shame not to use the home advantage and see for yourself what the world renowned Cunard cruise line has in store.

From party cruises in the Baltic to a classy Cunard voyage, I’ve been lucky enough to experience the full spectrum of cruise life. Onboard you’ll probably find me by the pool with a doorstop sized book in one hand and a mojito in the other, or sampling an array of delicious foods.

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