The 2024 Round the World Voyage aboard the Queen Mary 2, Cunard (108 nights)
Stunning round the world voyage departing on 11th of January 2024 and returning on 28th of April 2024In 2024 Queen Mary 2 sets off on an enticing 108-night World Voyage to Australia, via South Africa, Asia and stops at delightful tropical Island destinations. Sailing from Southampton, you’ll chart a fascinating course through the eastern hemisphere on Cunard’s iconic flagship. Queen Mary 2 will spend overnights in Cape Town, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore Melbourne and Sydney, this will allow you even more time in port to explore these wondrous destinations. Departs: Southampton, UK – 11th of January 2024 Returns: Southampton, UK – 28th of April 2024 *Shorter elements of the world cruise can be booked – please ask for details
- 108 Night World Voyage Aboard Queen Mary 2
- Multiple Accommodation options from stateroom to suite
- Day time and Evening Entertainment on Board
- Breakfast, Lunch and dinner in main restaurant
- Traditional afternoon tea daily
- Daily Steward Service & Room Service 24 hours a day
- Additional amenities when booking a Britannia Club stateroom or a suite
Price from £10,999 per person (based on 2 people sharing a stateroom)
Detailed Itinerary and Cruise Highlights
108 Night World Voyage Aboard the Queen Mary 2 by CunardExcursions, trips and tours available in destinations (please ask for details).
Day 1 – Southampton, England, UKDeparts early evening
Days 2-3 – At Sea
Day 4 – Lisbon, Portugal
Day 5 – At Sea
Day 6 – Tenerife, Spain
Day 7-14 – At Sea
Day 15 – Walvis Bay, Namibia
Days 16-18 – At Sea
Day 19 – Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Day 20 – At Sea
Day 21-22 – Cape Town, South AfricaOvernight
Days 23-24 – At Sea
Day 25 – Durban, South Africa
Days 26-28 – At Sea
Day 29 – Le Port, Reunion
Day 30 – Port Louis, Mauritius
Days 31-37 – At Sea
Day 38 – Perth (tours from Fremantle), WA, Australia
Days 39-41 – At Sea
Day 42 – Adelaide, SA, Australia
Day 43 – At Sea
Days 44-45 – Melbourne, VIC, AustraliaOvernight
Day 46 – At Sea
Day 47-48 – Sydney, NSW, Australia
Days 49-51 – At Sea
Day 52 – Cairns (tours from Yorkey’s Knob), QLD, Australia
Days 53-55 – At Sea
Day 56 – Darwin, NT, Australia
Day 57-58 – At Sea
Day 59 – Bitung, Indonesia
Days 60-62 – At Sea
Days 63-64 – Hong Kong, China
Day 65 – At Sea
Day 66 – Hue or Da Nang (tours from Chan May), Vietnam
Day 67 – At Sea
Day 68 – Nha Trang, Vietnam
Day 69 – At Sea
Day 70 – Ho Chi Minh City (tours from Phu My), Vietnam
Day 71 – At Sea
Days 72-73 – SingaporeArrive early morning, Depart early evening Over night
Day 74 – At Sea
Day 75 – Penang, Malaysia
Day 76 – Langkawi, Malaysia
Day 77 – Phuket, Thailand
Days 78-80 – At Sea
Day 81 – Colombo, Sri Lanka
Days 82-85 – At Sea
Day 86 -Doha, Qatar
Days 87-88 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Days 89-90 – At Sea
Day 91 – Salalah, Oman
Days 92-95 – At Sea
Day 96 – Petra (tours from Aqaba), Jordan
Day 97 – At Sea
Day 98 – Transit Suez Canal, Egypt (Cruise-by)Arrive early morning, Depart afternoon
Day 99 – At Sea
Day 100 – Athens (tours from Piraeus), Greece
Days 101-102 – At Sea
Day 103 – Barcelona, Spain
Day 104 – At Sea
Day 105 – Seville (tours from Cadiz), Spain
Days 106-108 – At Sea
Day 109 – Southampton, England, UKArrive early morning
Cruise Highlight – Sydney, Australia
The stunning harbour city, Sydney, is Australia’s oldest and largest urban centre. Gold mining and sheep breeding propelled Sydney’s development, and today it’s the largest port in the entire South Pacific. Mark Twain called it “the wonder of the world”.
Your port guide to Sydney.Blessed with a natural harbour, countless golden beaches and world-class restaurants, Sydney is a dazzling metropolis and international gateway to Australia’s east coast. The city is famed for the quality of its outdoor living, yet a visit here offers more than a chance to soak up the sun. The Sydney Harbour Bridge, world-famous Opera House and the constant bustle of the harbour itself make Sydney one of the world’s most dynamic destinations. Venturing outside the capital of New South Wales unlocks mysterious protected coves, miles of sandy beaches and the dramatic landscape of the breath-taking Blue Mountains.
ExploringFor spectacular 360-degree views, ascend Sydney Harbour Bridge’s south-east pylon from which Sydney Opera House and The Rocks – one of the city’s liveliest precincts and home to the Museum of Sydney and Museum of Contemporary Art – are visible. The Sydney Aquarium, National Maritime Museum and the Chinese Garden of Friendship can be found in Darling Harbour, with Chinatown also nearby. The Australian Museum, ranked one of the top five history museums in the world, is ideal for anyone wishing to deepen their knowledge of Australia’s aboriginal heritage. Alternatively, escape the city’s hustle at Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens. Incorporating Government House and the Conservatorium of Music, this sprawling parkland offers 24 hectares of native exotic trees.
Eating and drinkingThose unfamiliar with Sydney may be surprised by the sophistication of the city’s culinary scene. Sydney offers myriad dining experiences drawing on both eastern and western influences, along with restaurants producing some of the most innovative nouveau cuisine in the world. Thai, Vietnamese, Indian and Korean restaurants are abundant in the city while Italian, Greek, Lebanese and the cuisines of central Europe are also popular. If you’re seeking a central spot to stop and grab a bite around lunchtime, Circular Quay – wedged between the Opera House and The Rocks – is a bustling precinct jammed with quality restaurants offering quayside dining.
ShoppingSydney offers an exciting shopping experience encompassing department stores, boutiques and designer emporiums, all located within the city centre itself. Pitt Street Mall is perhaps the most renowned of Sydney’s shopping precincts, offering a blend of internationally renowned brands alongside some delightful native Australian names. Westfield and The Strand Arcade both branch off from here and you could easily fill a day browsing the variety of shops in this area alone. Alternatively, Queen Victoria Building, constructed in 1898, offers undercover shopping in a beautiful historic arcade while World Square is another excellent shopping option that combines dining and retail in one convenient location.
Beyond SydneySydney is ideally located to explore many of New South Wales’ most popular tourist attractions. The Blue Mountains, comprising four national parks, are located just 65km west of the city and feature a spectacular collection of broken ravines, towering cliffs and high forested plateaux. On the edge of the spectacular Jamison Valley you’ll find the historic town of Katoomba where you can ride Australia’s famous Scenic Railway. Also within easy reach of Sydney are the lovely gardens of the cool Southern Highlands, the family-friendly beaches of the Central Coast and the pretty Hunter Valley; Australia’s oldest commercial wine-growing district.
Cruise Highlight – Salalah, Oman
Salalah is the largest city in the Sultanate of Oman, and its the birthplace of the Sultan Qaboos bin Said. Beyond the unique atmosphere the khareef provides, there is much more to see and experience.As well as its lush green pastures, Salalah is renowned for its stunning collection of beaches, which feel almost Caribbean with their coconut trees and relaxed vibe. Try Al Mughsail Beach, a quiet and wild-feeling stretch of sand, full of caves and blowholes. For a taste of Salalah’s history, head to the Museum of the Frankinscence Land. This ancient set of ruins actually belong to the trading port of Zafar, and from here frankinscence was shipped to India, in return for spices. The on-site museum documents the history of the port as well as the area’s settlement since 2000 BC. It not only demonstrates the maritime strength of Oman, but also the modern rejuvenation of Salalah as a commercial and leisure port. 186 miles of walkways and beautiful lights at night ensure this is an unforgettable visit. During your Salalah cruise, make sure you visit one of the many markets and bazaars if possible. Al-Husn Souq is one of the best, and where the local Dhofari people come to shop. Take your pick from cotton headdresses, jewellery and heady incense. Another famous feature of Salalah is its plantations. Papayas, coconuts and small bananas all grow here and are an important part of both Salalah’s past and its future. You can walk along the plantation roads, which are just over a mile from the centre of the main town. There are plenty of fruit stands selling refreshments if you get tired. If you find yourself peckish in Salalah, there are plenty of places to pick up some traditional Omani cuisine. It is also worth keeping in mind that special dishes are cooked for two main religious festivals: Eid Al Fitr and Eid Al Adha.
Discovering the khareef on your Salalah cruiseKhareef is a colloquial term used for the period of time between June and September when an unusual weather phenomenon occurs in Salalah: a monsoon, caused by surface wind, rages on and causes the landscape to explode into lush green vegetation. Salalah depends on the khareef each year for its water supply, and an annual festival is held to celebrate it, which attracts tourists and locals alike every single year. The water from the monsoon transforms the landscape into a verdant and subtropical wonderland, the likes of which cannot be seen anywhere else in Oman. It also makes the ground incredibly fertile, and is the reason why this region is able to grow a wide range of fruit and vegetables such as coconuts and bananas. The city has a large expatriate community of people from India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The majority of the population in Salalah is Muslim, and Arabic is the official language spoken here. Apart from the khareef, the climate here is fairly stable and consistently hot.
Cruise Highlight – Petra, Jordan
Inland from Aqaba and its world-renowned diving, lies the astonishing and ancient hidden city of Petra. Looming like a mirage that melts into the copper sandstone hills of the desert, it is a rare and magnificent delight.
Your guide to AqabaAqaba is Jordan’s only coastal city, its location between Asia and Africa providing a vital trading hub for thousands of years. Today the city has a unique feel – with bustling souks and burnt orange mountains more typical of inland Jordan, alongside all the charm of a seaside town. With neighbours that include the Mars-like landscapes of Wadi Rum and the UNESCO City of Petra, Aqaba completes the ‘golden triangle’ of tourism in Jordan. Restaurants are lively with fresh fish and beautiful coastal views while shopping in the Old Town’s souks provides ample opportunity to flex your bartering skills.
ExploringMagnificent sandy beaches and fabulous coral reefs may be Aqaba’s calling card but the town’s incredible heritage and archaeological significance means there’s no shortage of history to discover. The majestic Sharif Hussein bin Ali Mosque, Aqaba Castle – originally built in the 12th century – and the Great Arab Revolt Plaza, commemorating the revolt against the Ottoman Empire, are among the cultural highlights. Elsewhere, a visit to Aqaba Bird Observatory offers a chance to glimpse hundreds of native Jordanian birds, while venturing a little further afield reveals the ruins of Ayla – the first Muslim city outside of the Arabian Peninsula.
Eating and drinkingOld-style spots serving up traditional Arabic coffee and Jordanian pastries stand side-by-side with cool modern cafés in Aqaba. Choose from an eclectic mix of restaurants offering refined Jordanian and European cuisine, or simply sit back and enjoy a pre-dinner aperitif, freshly-pressed juice or shisha in one of Aqaba’s many lounges and bars. A selection of hot and cold mezze (small sharing plates) such as hummus, tabbouleh and foul (pronounced fool) make an ideal light lunch or starter. For something more substantial, the local delicacy Mensaf (lamb stewed in fermented yogurt) will reward your palate with an authentic taste of Jordan.
ShoppingWith its lively markets and atmospheric souks, shopping in Aqaba is an experience to savour. If your port call keeps you in Jordan late, be sure to visit Souk by The Sea – a vibrant evening market that takes place seasonally on Fridays. Over fifty artisan producers showcase their wares here alongside vendors selling food and drink. Bargaining is practiced, so don’t be shy about negotiating the seller down (the first price offered is rarely final). Gold and silver shops are also common in Aqaba; the exquisite workmanship is typically done by hand. At such stores, purchases are priced according to weight, and each shop should have a set of finely-balanced scales accordingly.
Beyond AqabaFrom Wadi Rum to Petra, beyond Aqaba you’ll find some of Jordan’s most celebrated sights. The salmon-tinged Wadi Rum, famously used by Lawrence as a base for his Bedouin tribes during WWI, is just 35 miles from the city. The mountain-fringed desert is spectacular, with Roman fortifications, a Patrol Post and countless temples. Travelling 80 miles brings you to the UNESCO world heritage site, Petra, one of the most visited places in the Middle East. Entry to the red-rose city, famously described as “half as old as time” is via a mile-long winding gorge known as the Siq, and once inside the experience of walking the carved sandstone buildings is simply otherworldly.
Queen Mary 2
Welcome to the most famous ocean liner in the world.Her elegance and scale are like no other. Built to sail the open seas and strength to cut through the mighty Atlantic. Nestled within her graceful lines are fifteen restaurants and bars, five swimming pools, a full-sized theatre, a casino, a Canyon Ranch SpaClub ® , a 3D cinema, a full–scale floating planetarium, and the largest dance floor at sea. There are acres of deck space and a traditional promenade deck that circumnavigates the ship. She even has kennels to accommodate our four-legged guests in style on Transatlantic Crossings. Queen Mary 2 Destinations:
- World Voyages
- Transatlantic Crossings between Southampton and New York
- USA and Canada
- Norwegian Fjords
- Africa and Indian Ocean
- Short Cruises
- Grand Voyages
- Australia and New Zealand
- South America
The Cunard ExperienceRead more about what awaits you on board your Cunard voyage.
Dining on your Cunard Cruise
If anything sums up the freedom of your voyage, it’s the array of places to eat. From healthy to hearty and from light bites to haute cuisine, often what’s on offer reflects where you are in the world as our chefs use fresh local ingredients.You’ll also discover many delicious vegetarian dishes, and we’ll happily cater for special dietary requirements too. Whether you’re dining in the Britannia Restaurant or Grills, everything is beautifully presented and offered with a discerning selection of wines to complement your choice perfectly. On board all Cunard ships, buffet-style dining is available throughout the day and until late evening. For those more informal lunches, the ever-popular Golden Lion Pub welcomes you with traditional gastro-pub fare. ‘Dining out’ is always an option. Every evening, in the Kings Court or Lido restaurants, our ships offer alternative dining options. Including Italian, Indian, Pan Asian, Mexican, and American Smokehouse menus, you can enjoy a change from your main restaurant anytime, and ‘dine out’ for a modest supplement. An additional alternative is Steakhouse at The Verandah, which takes influence from both sides of the Atlantic. Our chefs have curated a menu showcasing prime USDA grain finished New York strip steak, Maine lobster, and Alaskan king crab, alongside dishes celebrating British provenance such as Scotch grass-fed dry-aged beef and Salt Marsh lamb rack. Offerings from further afield such as renowned Wagyu beef from Australia also feature.
Accommodation Options on board Cunard Cruises
Sparkling wine welcomes you to your Britannia stateroom. Choose from an Inside, with no window, Oceanview with window, or staterooms with balcony. Each offers a blissful king-sized bed – or twin beds – topped with an exclusively-designed plush Sealy mattress.Your steward is always on hand to help, while complimentary 24 hour room service keeps you refreshed – even in the middle of the night. As well as generous storage, a widescreen TV, and a mini-bar, complimentary Penhaligon’s toiletries, bathrobes, and slippers are provided for your comfort. Every evening, there is a turndown service with a chocolate left on your pillow. The Britannia Restaurant epitomises the glamour of classic sea travel. Dining here in the double height room, with a sweeping staircase, always feels like an event with the buzz of your fellow guests, sharing stories from the day.
Britannia Club staterooms include a roomy private balcony and a pillow menu. Guests are welcome to dine anytime between 6.30pm and 9.00pm in the dedicated Britannia Club restaurant – the perfect setting for those who prefer a more intimate dining experience.
Single stateroomsSingle staterooms offer refined and comfortable accommodation with generous single beds, spacious bathrooms, and a comfortable lounge area.
Cunard Grill Suites
Grill Suites are the epitome of the Cunard experience, where you can enjoy personal service and an abundance of relaxing space in your exclusive suite, with private lounge and beautiful terrace. Here, the finest food and wines in the Grill restaurants make your every meal something extra special to savour, where only the very best will do.
The Princess Grill Suite experience
Booking a Princess Grill Suite takes your travels to a new level of indulgence. Savour exquisite food, spacious suites with a separate living area, and a private Grills Lounge to experience ultimate comfort at sea.Princess Grill Suite amenities:
- Private balcony, with comfortable furniture and ocean views
- Pillow concierge menu, offering a choice of nine different styles
- Access to the Grills Lounge and outdoor terrace
- Dine when you choose in the exclusive Princess Grill restaurant between 6.30pm and 9.00pm
- Sparkling wine and chocolates on arrival
- Marble bathrooms feature exclusive Penhaligon’s toiletries
- Fresh fruit replenished daily
The Queens Grill Suite experience
As a Cunard Queens Grill Suite guest, you will experience the very pinnacle of luxurious ocean-going travel. Step into a sumptuous suite with separate living area and private balcony,* attentive butler service, and our exclusive Grills Lounge. Together with the very finest food served in the Queens Grill restaurant, this is an experience at sea without compare.Queens Grill Suite amenities:
- Expansive balcony,* perfect for relaxing and hosting impromptu soirées.
- Your personal butler will take care of your every need
- Marble bathrooms feature a shower, whirlpool tub, and exclusive Penhaligon’s toiletries
- Pillow concierge menu, offering a choice of nine different styles
- Access to the Grills Lounge and outdoor terrace
- Savour the Queens Grill menu, course-by-course, in your suite
- Dine when you choose in our Queens Grill restaurant between 6.30pm and 9.00pm
- Chilled champagne and chocolates on arrival
- Enjoy a complimentary in-suite bar (stocked with two bottles of wine or spirits of your choice and soft drinks)
- Fresh fruit replenished daily
- *Queen Anne Suite and Queen Victoria Suite on Queen Mary 2 do not have balconies