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 1-3: UK – Sydney
Fly from your selected UK airport to Sydney and make your way to the 4* Parkroyal Darling Harbourfor your 3 night stay.
Day 4: Sydney
Check out the hotel and make your way to the cruise port where you will embark on board Queen Elizabeth.
Day 6: Brisbane
Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and combines a modern and vibrant atmosphere with a sub-tropical climate and unique natural beauty. Take a trip to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary where you can create unforgettable memories as you cuddle a koala. In the South Bank cultural precinct you'll discover top attractions including Queensland Museum, Sciencentre, and Queensland Gallery of Modern Art. Explore the colourful flora and fauna at Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens or indulge in retail therapy at the Queen Street Mall. If you're feeling adventurous, why not abseil down the iconic Story Bridge?
Day 9: Alotau
Alotau is the capital of Milne Bay Province in the southeast of Papua New Guinea. Take a day tour of Alotau to visit war memorials, markets, villages, and try out snorkelling. Find a detailed description of the Battle of Milne Bay at the Australian War Memorial or take a look at the Turnbull Memorial which commemorates the death of Australia's Squadron Leader Peter St George Turnbull. Call by Alotau Town Market to buy fresh produce and fish or spend time in the most colourful part of town - Sanderson Harbour - where you'll find one-man canoes, brightly-painted boats, work tugs, and passenger dinghies. Head up to the famous Viewpoint for a birds-eye-view across Alotau or hold out for the iconic Milne Bay Canoe & Kunda Festival.
Day 10: Kiriwina
The largest of the Trobriand Islands, Kiriwina is next today. Found off Papua New Guinea's east coast, discover their rainforests, coral reefs, and caves. As you arrive here take a glimpse into local society and long-held belief systems. Despite being small, the island is well cultivated for sweet potato and cassava, but yam in particular. In the port area find stalls selling local handicrafts, including trinkets, jewellery, and carved wooden items. Discover Kaibola Beach on the north of the island; a vision of white sands and clear waters with coral reef that will invite you to snorkel or dive.
Day 11: Rabaul
Meaning 'mangrove', Rabaul was built on a mangrove swamp when New Britain was a German colony. Papua New Guinea is a land of extraordinary wildernesses, home to tree kangaroos and giant butterflies. Spend time here today to take in its beauty and main points of interest, including the active volcano Tavurvur.
Day 13: Conflict Islands
This dusting of 21 islands is found off the east coast of Papua New Guinea, with a sense of serenity and relaxation which accompanies their stunning natural beauty. There's not a huge amount here and they're so remote that the only way most of us would arrive is by ship. The islands are about 80 miles from the main island of New Guinea itself, and only around 30 people live permanently. The privately owned islands are part of an atoll and are set in azure waters surrounding an enclosed electric blue lagoon. Many of them are cloaked in thick green vegetation, which provides shelter for tree kangaroos and many bird species. You'll find a reef system that hosts an incredible diversity of marine life, comprised of more than 400 coral species. Around 1,000 fish species are found shimmering and swimming through this ecosystem. If you explore by kayak, glass-bottomed boat, paddleboard, or traditional outrigger canoe, still expect to see colourful comings and goings in the waters below.
Day 15: Cairns
The tropical city of Cairns sits between the Great Barrier Reef and the rainforests of the Atherton Tablelands. Stroll along Cairns Esplanade and discover the vast variety of parks, cafes, and water-themed attractions. Stop by Cairns Botanic Gardens with its spectacular rainforest boardwalk or view the fascinating marine life at the Green Island National Park from a glass-bottomed boat. Pay a visit to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park to learn about the heritage of indigenous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through music and dance. Head northwest out of the city to admire the rainforest, gorges, and beaches of Daintree National Park.
Day 18: Sydney – UK
Disembark in Sydney for your flight back to the UK.