Southampton

Their gracious majesties: news on Cunard’s Three Queens!

The maiden voyage of Cunard’s new Queen Elizabeth 2 sold out in 29 minutes according to the blog of Alastair Greener, Cunard’s cruise director. That voyage will start in Southampton 12th October and take her to Portugal and the ports of Vigo, Lisbon and Cadiz, then to the exotic Gran Canaria. QE2’s next voyage takes passengers to the Mediterranean for 14 nights, and is then followed by an Agean Introduction in November.
So if you are interested in booking on this gracious new member of the ocean-going royal family or on the Queen Mary 2 or the Queen Victoria for 2010- 2011 it might be worth getting your skates on.
The 2010 itineraries go on sale Friday April 17.
On her World Cruise 2010, Queen Mary 2, whose visit to Sydney in February made the headlines, will sail from New York January 4, arriving in Sydney March 7 after passing through the Whitsundays and visiting Auckland and the Bay of Islands in New Zealand. She’ll then go on to Fremantle. There is a huge choice of segments bookable on this cruise.
Queen Victoria will commence her World Cruise 2010, sailing from Southampton, UK January 4 and arriving in Sydney February 19, after visiting many ports in the South Pacific.
Throughout the year, Queen Mary 2 will cruise the Atlantic – doing the Transatlantic crossing between Southampton, Cherbourg and Hamburg and New York 21 times, plus a number of Grand Voyages.
Queen Victoria will circumnavigate the British Isles and sail from Southampton to Iberia, Northern Europe, the Norwegian Fjords, the Mediterranean and the Baltic.
Contact me if you’d like to know more or would like a brochure.
(I took the photo above from the Pool Terrace, aft on Deck 8 of the QM2 when she was in Sydney Harbour 26th Feb this year.)
You can find out first hand what is happening on the Cunard ships on Alastair’s Greener’s entertaining blog.

Cruise Greenland, Iceland and Norway or take a break in South East Asia

Take a week to gather your thoughts before you get into 2009 and join Legend of the Seas which is cruising out of Singapore visiting Phuket, Thailand, Langkawi, Malaysia and back to Singapore starting at the end of this month (Jan.2009)!!

For $1,899.00* you can escape and enjoy the luxury of this Royal Caribbean ship. Included is a return economy airfarewith Singapore Airlines from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Adelaide, accommodation at the Novotel Clarke Quay Singapore and 4 nights onboard.
Interested? If you can’t make the Jan 23 cruising, the ship leaves Singapore again on 27 January – and then again in November and December 2009.
Please email me, martin@travelchoice.com.au and I will send you more info.

Maybe you prefer to plan ahead. Have you always wanted to explore the fjords of Norway or are you fascinated by Greenland or Iceland? The Oriana (pictured) is cruising from Southampton on 29 June this year, cruising first to Ireland, then on to Greenland, Iceland and Norway, before returning on 17 July.
The 19 night cruise package includes return economy airfares with Singapore Airlines from Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth and one night’s accommodation in the Crowne Plaza, St Pauls, London with English breakfast… Fares start at $7929*. I’m happy to give you more info, just email me – martin@travelchoice.com.au.
*Conditions apply.