Circular Quay

Sail the world on Cunard – and join royalty on Sydney Harbour 2011


If you scroll down the right hand side of this blog you will find the photos I took when we joined the throngs to see the Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2 berthed in Sydney Harbour. It was a warm summer dusk and we walked down to the ferry wharf at Kirribilli and caught the ferry across the harbour, planning when we arrived at Circular Quay to walk round to see the QM2 at Garden Island. But the crowds were too much for us. You could have walked from one side of the harbour to the other on the spectator craft around the Harbour Bridge – it was amazing that there were no serious collisions! and once we arrived at Circular Quay after our ferry inched its way past the QE2 there was no easy way through the crowds to the walk through the Botanic Gardens.
Cunard has announced that two Queens will once again arrive in Sydney when the Queen Elizabeth on her maiden visit to Australia in 2011 meets up with the QM2 in Sydney Harbour in 2011 on February 22. Queen Elizabeth will visit Fremantle on February 17 and Adelaide on February 20 on her way here.
New Yorkers will have the opportunity to see 3 Queens on these world voyages when QM2 and QE meet up with Queen Victoria on January 13, following a tandem Atlantic cross by Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth.
There is a bonus for those who love to sail on Cunard. For the first time it will be possible to sail the world on the 3 Queens…

If you are interested in booking on the 2011 Cunard voyages – they go on sale on 2 July 2009 – contact us asap and let us know you are interested so we can make sure you get the booking you want. Email travel@travelchoice.com.au – or you can phone us 02 9968 1600.

Two Cunard Queens to visit Australia in 2010

Cunard has just released the news that the Queen Mary 2 and her younger sister, the Queen Victoria, will visit Australian waters in 2010. The two cruise ships will call into Fremantle and Adelaide and make an overnight visit to Sydney. Queen Mary 2 will visit the Whitsundays for the first time and the Queen Victoria will berth at Albany and Exmouth in Western Australia for the first time.
In 2007 we took the ferry across from North Sydney to Circular Quay when the Queen Mary 2 arrived with her older sister, Queen Elizabeth 2. It was shore-to-shore boats, madly jostling to get a better view of the two magnificent liners. This trip could probably have been entered in the Guinness Book of Records for the shortest ferry trip from point to point that took the longest time. By the time we reached Circular Quay it was dark and the crush at the train station was tight. We could have walked home to North Sydney in the time we took waiting for a train! but it was fun and the atmosphere was one of excitement. (I will add a slide show of our ferry trip)
Will the arrival of the Queens Mary 2 and Victoria cause the same excitement?