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August 30, 2014 Cruise No Comments Email Email

Embark on the journey of a lifetime and take to the seas with Cunard Line on its 2016 World and Exotic Cruise Programme, travelling to 92 unique destinations, including 32 maiden calls, in 47 countries.  

On sale beginning 10 September 2014 (9 September for Cunard past passengers), the programme will feature three World and Exotic Cruises with options ranging from four to 121 days aboard Queen Mary 2Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth.

“Since 1922, Cunard has carried on the tradition of creating luxurious and memorable adventures for travellers seeking a unique view of the world through our World Voyage Programme,” said David Dingle, CEO for Cunard Line.  “Cunard has embarked on more circumnavigations than any other cruise line, all the while gaining a reputation for continuously providing guests with a world-class experience. We look forward to a fantastic year at sea with new and returning guests.”unnamed (1)

Cunard initiated the world cruise concept in 1922, and in 2016 the company will celebrate 94 years of carrying more passengers around the globe than any other cruise line.  Queen Mary 2Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth will depart Southampton together on 10 January 2016 and will all return from their respective World Cruiseson 10 May 2016.

Queen Mary 2
For the first time since 2009, Queen Mary 2 will embark on a full circumnavigation, with eight maiden calls during her 120-night westbound voyage via South America and the Suez Canal. She will visit 38 ports of call in 26 countries, travelling more than 41,000 nautical miles.

Destination highlights include her first crossing of the South Pacific, featuring a sail-by of Easter Island and visits to the Polynesian paradise islands of Papeete and Moorea.  Additionally, guests will have the opportunity to take in breathtaking views of Beagle Channel and Magellan Straits when sailing around Cape Horn.  Queen Mary 2 will also travel through the iconic Suez Canal.

Overnight calls will include Rio de Janeiro, Punta del Este, Sydney and Dubai.

Segment cruises provide guests the chance to enjoy Cunard Line’s one-of-a-kind World Cruise experience within a shorter time frame. In 2016, Queen Mary 2 Segmentvoyages will range from seven to 22 days and include:

  • 22-day Valparaiso to Sydney
  • 22-day Dubai to Southampton
  • 20-day Hong Kong to Dubai
  • 18-day Sydney to Hong Kong
  • 16-day New York to Rio de Janeiro
  • 16-day Brisbane to Hong Kong
  • 15-day Rio de Janeiro to Valparaiso
  • 13-day Fort Lauderdale to Rio de Janeiro
  • 11-day Singapore to Dubai
  • 10-day Southampton to Fort Lauderdale
  • 9-day Hong Kong to Singapore
  • 7-day Southampton to New York

Sample starting fares for Queen Mary 2 Full World Cruise and Segments include:

  • Roundtrip New York – $20,049
  • Roundtrip Southampton – $19,999
  • New York to Rio de Janeiro – $2,799
  • Fort Lauderdale to Rio de Janeiro – $2,299

Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria offers guests the opportunity to experience the classic World Voyage – a westbound circumnavigation of the globe with nine maiden calls during its 120-night exploration.  Visiting 37 ports of call in 22 countries, Queen Victoria will sail more than 40,000 nautical miles over the course of her journey. She will pass through the iconic Panama Canal, as well as provide scenic cruising in Milford Sound, part of New Zealand’s incredible Fjordland national park.

Queen Victoria’s overnight calls will include San Francisco, Sydney and Cape Town.

Her Exotic Cruise Segments will range from four to 24 days and include:

  • 24-day Hong Kong to Cape Town
  • 21-day San Francisco to Sydney
  • 21-day Sydney to Hong Kong
  • 18-day Cape Town to Southampton
  • 16-day Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco
  • 12-day Southampton to Fort Lauderdale
  • 8-day Round trip Sydney
  • 4-day Hong Kong to Singapore

Sample starting fares for Queen Victoria Full World Cruise and Segments include:

  • Roundtrip Southampton – $19,999
  • San Francisco to Southampton – $15,349
  • San Francisco to Sydney – $3,699
  • Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco –  $2,799

Queen Elizabeth
Queen Elizabeth will embark on a 121-night voyage that spans 42 ports of call in 25 countries during its East-West sail through destinations in the Far East and Asia.  A comprehensive immersion experience that includes 15 maiden calls, the Queen Elizabeth World Cruise will explore the ancient cultures of Japan, Korea and China as well as Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines over the course of 36,000 nautical miles.

Her visit to Japan is perfectly timed to give guests the best chance to see the breathtaking cherry trees in full bloom.  Destination highlights also include a transit through the Suez Canal and the Dardanelles, where guests may visit the historic sites of Aqaba and Istanbul.

Her overnight calls will include Cape Town (double overnight), Sydney and Singapore.

Segment voyages aboard Queen Elizabeth will range from five to 25 days and include:

  • 25-day Cape Town to Sydney
  • 23-day Dubai to Southampton
  • 18-day Sydney to Hong Kong
  • 18-day Hong Kong to Dubai
  • 17-day Southampton to Cape Town
  • 15-day Yokohama to Singapore
  • 13-day Singapore to Dubai
  • 12-day Hong Kong to Osaka
  • 10-day Hong Kong to Yokohama
  • 10-day Yokohama to Hong Kong
  • 8-day Osaka to Hong Kong
  • 5-day Hong Kong to Singapore

Sample starting fares for Queen Elizabeth Full World Cruise and Segments include:

  • Roundtrip Southampton – $19,999
  • Cape Town to Sydney –  $4,399
  • Southampton to Cape Town – $2,999

All samples starting fares quoted are per person based on double occupancy.

Benefits Programme
Guests who book their 2016 World and Exotic Cruise adventures before 28 February 2015 will receive a reduced deposit of 15 percent and on board credit up to $3,000 per stateroom on Full World Cruises and Segments between 25 and 90 daysas well as free gratuities of up to $3,267 per stateroom (based on the 121-day Queen ElizabethWorld Cruise) for voyages of 91 or more days.  A second deposit of 15% is required 220 days prior to sail date.

In addition to On Board Credit, World Club members who book voyages of seven days or longer will receive an additional savings of up to $4,000 per stateroom discount off launch fares (the fares effective at the programme launch).  Savings expire on 28 February 2015.

The Flagship Collection
This year, Cunard is offering a Flagship Collection of packages to guests, both pre- and post-voyage, giving them the choice to enhance their experience by booking select hotel packages. Hotel options include the Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, the Peninsula Hong Kong, and the Hotel Belmond Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro, among many other luxurious options.

The Flagship Collection benefits will include:

  • private transfers between ship, hotel and airport
  • breakfast with accommodation
  • all luggage porterage costs
  • services of a hospitality desk to provide advice or assistance to guests (operating four hours on the day of pre-embarkation, eight hours on the day of embarkation, and four hours on the day after disembarkation), as well as a 24/7 emergency contact number
  • a hosted one-hour reception in the hotel bar, offering one drink per guest and the opportunity to meet fellow guests (on the day before embarkation for pre-cruise guests, and on the day of disembarkation for post-cruise guests)

To view the complete 2016 World and Exotic Cruises schedule, click here.

For more information and to book a 2016 Cunard World and Exotic Cruise aboard Queen Mary 2Queen Victoria or Queen Elizabeth, contact your Travel Agent, call Cunard toll-free at 1-800-728-6273, or visit

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