Cunard Line Limited

Cunard Line Limited

August 08, 2005 09:17 ET

Cunard Line's 'Maiden' And 'Silver Jubilee' World Cruises - 2007

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It's official! Cunard Line today confirms that its flagship Queen Mary 2, the largest, longest, tallest, widest and most expensive passenger liner ever, will undertake her first World Cruise in 2007. Queen Mary 2 will join her sister QE2, the most famous and fastest passenger liner in the world, which will be undertaking her 25th or 'Silver Jubilee' World Cruise. Full itineraries and fares will be released shortly.

The year 2007 marks the 85th Anniversary of the first ever World Cruise by Cunard's Laconia in 1922 / 1923. To celebrate this landmark, Cunard is sending its two liners on simultaneous world voyages, each with a different itinerary. Both ships will mark significant milestones as they circumnavigate the globe.

The Queen Mary 2 Maiden World Cruise will visit the world's major cities and capitals. The QE2 Silver Jubilee World Cruise (108 nights, Southampton - Southampton) will visit many of the world's most famous cities, plus some smaller, intriguing destinations.

Two highlights of the voyages will be the 'Meeting of Queens' in both Fort Lauderdale on 10 January 2007 and in Sydney Harbour on 20 February 2007. It will be the first time two Cunard Queens have been in Sydney simultaneously since Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth regularly met there in 1941 and 1942 as part of their wartime trooping duties.

Carol Marlow, Cunard's European Director, says:

"Continuing Cunard's legacy of noteworthy firsts in maritime history, we are delighted to announce the simultaneous 2007 World Cruises of Queen Mary 2 and QE2. QE2 is already considered the 'gold standard' in voyages around the world, and Queen Mary 2 will join that legendary standard - offering a 21st century ocean liner experience as she makes her own circumnavigation of the globe in renowned Cunard style."

Queen Mary 2 Maiden World Cruise

The world's grandest liner, Queen Mary 2, will depart Fort Lauderdale on 10 January 2007 on her Maiden World Cruise calling at 17 countries. Starting in Fort Lauderdale she will circle South America before making maiden calls at some of the world's most famous cities including San Francisco, Auckland, Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Cochin, Dubai and Alexandria. Queen Mary 2 will arrive in her homeport of Southampton on 26 March, before sailing on back to Fort Lauderdale. British guests can either fly to Fort Lauderdale to join the start of her World Cruise, for the 74 night World Voyage to Southampton, with fares ranging from GBP 8,999 per person for double occupancy of a D7 inside cabin, to

GBP 88,679 per person for double occupancy of a Q1 Queens Grill Grand Duplex Suite, or they can sail from Southampton to Fort Lauderdale via New York on QE2, and then join Queen Mary 2 for her world voyage to Southampton. In this case fares range from GBP 9,238 per person for double occupancy of M6 / D7 inside cabins to GBP 99,458 per person for double occupancy of Q1 Grand Suites on both ships for the 82 night voyage from Southampton to Southampton.

QE2 Silver Jubilee World Cruise

QE2 is the most experienced world voyager afloat and will mark her 'Silver Jubilee' World Cruise with a 108-night voyage departing Southampton on 2 January and returning on 21 April 2007. This special voyage will call at 40 places in 25 countries - a mix of famous cities and interesting islands. QE2 visits will include New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Hawaii, Tahiti, Auckland, Wellington, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Papua New Guinea, Yokohama, Osaka, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, India, the Seychelles, Durban and Cape Town. Overnight calls will be made at Sydney, Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Cape Town. Fares for Southampton to Southampton range from GBP 9,499 per person for double occupancy of an M6 inside cabin, to GBP 120,499 per person for double occupancy of a Q1 Grand Suite.

Liner Voyages

Liner Voyages on QE2 will also be available from 39 nights Hong Kong to Southampton (with fares ranging from GBP 4,199 per person for double occupancy in an M6 inside cabin to GBP 51,139 per person for double occupancy of a Q1 Grand

Suite), to 69 nights Southampton to Hong Kong (with fares ranging from GBP 6,999 per person for double occupancy in an M6 inside cabin to GBP 88,499 per person for double occupancy of a Q1 Grand Suite). Other Liner Voyages include Southampton to Sydney (49 nights), Los Angeles to Hong Kong (49 nights) and Sydney to Southampton (59 nights).

Liner Voyages on Queen Mary 2 will also be available, from 34 nights Sydney to Southampton (fares range from GBP 4,699 per person for double occupancy in a D7 inside cabin to GBP 41,459 per person for double occupancy in a Q1 Queens Grill Grand Duplex Suite), to 59 nights Fort Lauderdale to Dubai (fares from GBP 7,499 per person for double occupancy of a D7 inside cabin to GBP 71,029 per person for double occupancy of a Q1 Queens Grill Grand Duplex Suite). San Francisco to Southampton (49 nights) is also available.

A further 'QE2 / Queen Mary 2 combination' Liner Voyage is available from Southampton to Sydney (Southampton to Fort Lauderdale on QE2, then Fort Lauderdale to Sydney on Queen Mary 2) and fares are from GBP 5,688 per person to GBP 60,188 per person for the full 48 night voyage.

Early Booking Benefits

The voyages are on sale from 1 September 2005, and if booked before 30 November 2005 then the fares shown above, which are at 50% Early Booking Savings, apply, subject to availability. For bookings made before 31 January 2006, subject to availability, there are a range of benefits including upgraded air, complimentary gratuities, onboard credits of up to $1800, and past passenger savings.

These are applicable depending on the voyage selected and grade of accommodation. In addition, for passengers in Grills Accommodation (Princess and Queens Grills), additional benefits are offered, if the booking is made before 31 January, subject to availability. For bookings on either ship, four special complimentary shore excursions are available, and for Grills bookings on Queen Mary 2, complimentary passage from Southampton to Fort Lauderdale on QE2 is included in the fare.

Note

'The Cunard Liner Difference'

With 165 years of history, Cunard is the name synonymous with comfort, style and tradition in luxury travel. Today, guests can take their place in history and celebrate a golden heritage of culture, distinguished service and enriching experiences.

Both Queen Mary 2 and QE2 are true ocean liners - the only liners to be going around the world in 2007. The sea keeping capabilities of these two famous ships enable their circumnavigations to take place at high speeds, in great comfort and truly luxurious surroundings. This enables Cunard guests to visit a greater number of ports in a given time than any other passenger ships - ideal for a World Cruise.

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External and internal images of Queen Mary 2 and QE2 are available for downloading at: www.cunardimages.com

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