Take a voyage with Cunard Line and you’ll discover a world where top-class service, luxurious surroundings, and awe-inspiring facilities are synonymous with its reputation, proudly built up over its 175 year history. A place where all your senses are satisfied in glorious style - whether it’s top to toe pampering in the spa and experiencing new destinations ashore by day, or savouring gourmet cuisine and the best entertainment at sea each evening.
Queen Elizabeth is the newest addition to the Cunard fleet and the third ship to bear the name. She was launched by her namesake, Her Majesty The Queen, in late 2010. Sporting the same black and white livery of her predecessors, on board she combines Cunard’s elegant styling of wooden balustrades, marble floors and sumptuous furnishings, with all the contemporary and innovative touches of the modern era. Amongst her impressive features are a three deck high Grand Lobby, complete with its 18-foot tall David Linley marquetry panel of the original Queen Elizabeth, a Cunardia museum charting the cruise line’s history, and an onboard library with over 6000 books.
Queen Elizabeth starts the year with her three month Round the World voyage, taking in exotic destinations such as the Far East, India and Africa. Southampton is her home port year-round, with her voyages ranging from short break cruises to 7 to 17 night cruises around the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and the Canary Islands.
The Britannia Restaurant is the main dining venue for guests on Queen Elizabeth, famous for its gourmet cuisine and high levels of service. The restaurant offers a choice of traditional style dining, with either an early or late sitting, along with the option of flexible any-time dining. Guests staying in the Queen Grill level staterooms enjoy their own reserved table in the Queen Grill each evening; while Princess Grill stateroom guests can opt for any time dining in the Princess Grill from 6.30pm to 9.00pm. The Lido offers casual buffet style dining throughout the daytime, and in the evening partly transforms into one of three select dining venues - there’s Mexican cuisine in Aztec, Asian inspired fare in Jasmine, or South American grilled dishes in Asada. The Verandah restaurant presents an acclaimed sampler menu and a host of French style culinary treats.
From your morning cappuccino and afternoon tea to champagne and cocktails in the evening, you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to bars and lounges onboard Queen Elizabeth. The Queen's Room harks back to a bygone era, with its traditional afternoon tea of cucumber sandwiches, scones and freshly brewed tea, served by white gloved waiters; to the setting for elegant balls and dancing in the evening. The Garden Lounge is inspired by Kew Gardens and the perfect spot to chill with an al fresco coffee and a book. The Grand Lobby is home to Cafe Corinthia and its selection of refreshing teas, freshly brewed coffees and tempting sweet treats. The Commodore Club overlooks the bow of the ship and the perfect spot to sit back and admire the view whilst sipping a cocktail. Overlooking the Grand Lobby, the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar is luxury personified; offering up a menu of seven Veuve Clicquot champagnes in stylish surroundings. By contrast, The Golden Lion is an authentic British pub combining a traditional pub lunch menu and ice cold beers and ciders with a convivial atmosphere. Whatever your tastes, Queen Elizabeth is sure to amaze you time and time again.
The evening entertainment on Queen Elizabeth brings your day to close in style whatever your taste. The three-deck high Royal Court Theatre hosts an entertaining blend of production shows, musical extravaganzas and film shows. The Garden Lounge offers live music and occasional Supper Clubs under the stars. The Commodore Club presents piano music and singers to entertain each evening, along with stunning sunsets as a backdrop. The Golden Lion brings together Karaoke, pub quizzes and big screen sporting events in a casual setting. The Yacht Club features a unique compass-style dance floor for onboard revellers looking to party into the small hours.
Day 1: UK - Sydney, NSW, Australia
Fly from your selected UK airport to Sydney and be transferred to the port where you will embark on board Queen Elizabeth.
Day 4: Fiordland National Park, New Zealand (Cruise-by)
Day 5: Dunedin, New Zealand
Surrounded by dramatic hills, Dunedin is one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the southern hemisphere. Discover the spectacular landscape on a mountain biking expedition; the countryside offers five trail networks. Dunedin is known as the Edinburgh of the New Zealand so head to Larnach Castle, New Zealand's only castle, to explore the Scottish heritage and see sweeping scenery. Drive up the Otago Peninsula and marvel at the magnificent views and rugged beaches. Discover incredible wildlife in Dunedin; the world's rarest penguin colonies can sometimes be spotted close by and the Royal Albatross Centre at the foot of Taiaroa is the only mainland place in the world where you can view the Northern Royal Albatross in its natural habitat.
Day 6: Lyttelton, New Zealand
Lyttelton is a port town on the north shore of Lyttelton Harbour on the eastern coast of New Zealand's South Island. Twenty minutes from the centre of Christchurch; Lyttelton is brimming with bohemian artists, cafes, quirky shops, and restaurants. Visit Lyttelton Farmers Market on a Saturday morning to get your hands on some unique handmade goods and fresh local produce. Take a boat trip from the harbour in search of Hector's dolphins. The neo-Gothic Lyttleton Timeball Station was erected in 1876 to keep Greenwich Mean Time and was badly damaged in the 2011 earthquake. Escape to the idyllic surroundings of Orton Bradley Park, take a peaceful stroll along Sumner Beach, or see the historic homestead and formal garden at Ohinetahi. Hop on the Christchurch Gondola cable car to savour views of the Christchurch cityscape, Canterbury Plains, the Southern Alps, and the hills of Banks Peninsula.
Day 7 - 8: Wellington, New Zealand
New Zealand's capital city is nestled between a sparkling harbour and rolling green hills. Situated at the southern end of the North Island, the city is renowned for its heritage, culture, art and beauty. Discover Wellington's golden-sand inner city beach at Oriental Bay. There's a pulsing cultural vibe in Wellington, with an array of museums, art galleries and theatre shows to explore. Te Papa Tongarewa Museum, New Zealand's national museum, is located on the waterfront; learn about the country at one of the best interactive museums in the world. If you're into adventure, discover the great outdoors on a mountain bike ride or go sea-water kayaking. Take a walk around the stunning harbour or trek up Makara Peak to experience spectacular views. A must for any Lord of the Rings fans; visit Peter Jackson's Weta Workshop and discover a behind-the-scenes experience.
Day 9: Picton, New Zealand
The town of Picton on the north coast of New Zealand's South Island is the gateway to the islands and inlets of the Marlborough Sounds. Built around a sheltered harbour, the town has a beautiful seafront lined with cafes, restaurants, and a variety of galleries. See the native fish and reptiles including the rare tuatara on tours and feedings at EcoWorld Aquarium and Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. Take a look at the Edwin Fox exhibition; the world's second oldest surviving merchant sailing ship that transported convicts to Australia. Picton Museum offers an array of local history and photo displays. Enjoy a bite to eat at Cafe Cortado whilst admiring views of the harbour.
Day 10: New Plymouth, New Zealand
New Plymouth is a city on the west coast of New Zealand's North Island known for its coastal walkway stretching from Bell Block to Port Taranaki. Burgess Park is perfect for a stroll through a small park river side setting framed by exotic trees. Taranaki's black sand beaches are lined with spectacular coastlines ideal for fishing and kayaking. For a flavour of the city's architecture, Te Rewa Rewa Bridge proves a pleasant walking or cycling route. Get up close to monkeys, parrots, reptiles, and other fascinating species at Brooklands Zoo or take a trip to the volcanic Sugar Loaf Islands. In the heart of New Plymouth, you can discover the famous Farmers Market every Sunday brimming with delicious local produce.
Day 12 - 13: Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand's largest city of Auckland is an urban jungle with natural beauty on its doorstep. Auckland is packed with things to see and do; discover lush green rainforests and dramatic black sand beaches in the west and golden sandy beaches sheltered by red-flowering trees in the east. The rolling hills and country gardens are met by the 48 volcanic cones dotted around the Auckland region. Each provides spectacular panoramic views of the city and harbour, Rangitoto Island is the most iconic and an ideal location for day trips. The city centre is a shopaholic's paradise with its diverse range of boutiques and markets. The nightlife is buzzing at city centre hotspots such as Wynyard Quarter, the Viaduct Harbour and the Britomart precinct, where you'll also find a variety of restaurants which offer cuisines from around the world.
Day 14: Tauranga, New Zealand
Explore Tauranga, a harbour side city in the Bay of Plenty region, and one of New Zealand's main centres for international trade and culture. Climb the extinct 232 metre-tall Mount Maunganui volcano and admire spectacular views of the city and the harbour below. Enjoy a picturesque stroll to Tauranga Harbour and look out to sea, or take a boat tour to Mayor Island and watch the sunset. Pay a visit to Taupo Volcano Zone and admire the pools of colourful bubbling water at the Waiotapu active geothermal area. Thrill-seekers can venture to Waimarino Adventure Park and take part in a range of water activities and finish with a picnic or a BBQ. Those seeking tranquillity need look no further than Kaiate Falls which features a picnic area along with a swimming hole and beautiful scenic views.
Day 16: Christchurch (tours from Akaroa), New Zealand
Christchurch is located on the east coast of New Zealand's South Island; known for its English heritage and famous Avon River which meanders through the city centre. The river banks are home to fabulous cycling paths and sprawling North Hagley Park with sports courts and botanical gardens, as well as the green heart of the city Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Simulated Antarctic environments, penguins, huskies, and rides can be found at the International Antarctic Centre and Canterbury Museum displays insightful Maori and Antarctic collections. For all animal lovers, Willowbank Wildlife Reserve and Orana Wildlife Park give you the chance to see fascinating kiwi birds, giraffes, lions, gorillas, and white rhinos.
Day 17: Dunedin, New Zealand
Day 18: Fiordland National Park, New Zealand (Cruise-by)
Day 21: Hobart, TAS, Australia
Hobart is the capital of Australia's island state of Tasmania and is situated on the River Derwent. Climb up Mount Wellington and savour panoramic views of the city and beyond. The main waterfront of Constitution Dock has a wealth of fishing punts which sell seafood; sit outdoors on the harbour and indulge in fish and chips and a spot of people-watching. Pay a visit to the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) and Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery or enjoy the flora and fauna at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. Explore the old harbour quarter of Battery Point to admire Lenna House and St George's Anglican Church, stroll through waterfront Princes Park, and step back in time at Narryna Heritage Museum.
Day 22: Port Arthur, TAS, Australia
A village and historic site in southern Tasmania; Port Arthur is an open-air museum that hosts a range of activities including live theatre performances, exhibitions, concerts, and archaeological displays. This place of vivid history, cultural heritage, and global significance is one of the 11 places that make up the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Australian Convict Sites. Take an Isle of the Dead Cemetery Tour; the final resting place for more than 1000 convicts, military and civil officers, women and children, who were buried between 1833 and 1877. As darkness falls, follow a guide for a Port Arthur Ghost Tour through infamous buildings and ruins, and listen to vivid stories. Places like the Penitentiary, Separate Prison, and the unconsecrated Convict Church are the site's prime landmarks to discover during your visit.
Day 24: Melbourne, VIC, Australia
The vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Melbourne sits in the state of Victoria on Australia's south eastern shores. Melbourne is a shopper’s paradise - from over 300 shops at Melbourne Central and niche boutiques in The Block Arcade and Royal Arcade, to bargain-hunting at the open-air Queen Victoria Market. Visit the Old Melbourne Gaol or stop by Ian Potter Centre and Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Federation Square. Take a walk over the Otway Fly Treetop Walk or admire the 360-degree views from Eureka Skydeck 88. Get up close to the marine life at Melbourne Aquarium and wildlife at Melbourne Zoo and Healeville Sanctuary. Admire the flora and fauna at Royal Botanic Gardens or head to Brighton, Williamstown and St Kilda beaches to swim, surf, or simply sunbathe.
Day 26: Sydney, NSW, Australia - UK
Disembark in Sydney and be transferred to the airport for your flight back to the UK.