Luxury cruise brand Cunard Line announced their Oceans of Discovery cruise program for November 2020-May 2021, which features Full World Voyages along with in-depth itineraries in Australia and Japan. The fleet of Cunard, including flagship liner Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth, and Queen Victoria, will call at 94 destinations in a total of 38 different countries, including 4 exciting maiden calls in Taiwan, Japan, and New Zealand.
In 2021, Cunard continues the tradition of world cruising via Full World Voyages on 2 ships: QM2 sails the classic East-West cruise to Australia, Asia, Southern Africa, the Indian Ocean, Arabian Gulf, and the Mediterranean, while Queen Victoria travels the world with a westbound circumnavigation through the Panama Canal. Cunard's Queen Elizabeth offers regionally-focused itineraries in Japan and Australia.
Cunard World Club members are able to book exclusively beginning March 12. Booking open for the public on March 13.
- Queen Mary 2 undertakes her classic East-West World Voyage to Australia and Asia 2021, including the Mediterranean, Arabian Gulf, Indian Ocean, Southern Africa. It can be taken as a roundtrip from Southampton (99 nights, January 10-April 19). Shorter options range in length from 2 to 64 nights and can be combined to create the best travel experience.
The beginning of the cruise is routed through South Africa and the Indian Ocean to Australia. Queen Mary 2 then heads north to Hong Kong and Singapore via Vietnam. The liner then sails through Malacca Straights across the Indian Ocean to the Arabian Gulf. The return to London from Dubai is routed via the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean.
Queen Mary 2's deployment features for 2021 include The World Voyage; Grand Voyages; 45 voyage combinations that range from 3 to 113 nights; more than 47,000 nautical miles; a total of 37 ports in 22 different countries; overnights in Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney, plus a double overnight in Cape Town; 34 UNESCO World Heritage Sites; Transit of the Suez Canal.
- The World Voyage of Queen Victoria is a Westbound circumnavigation via the Panama Canal that can be taken as a roundtrip from Southampton (108 nights, January 10-April 28) or a one-way cruise starting in Fort Lauderdale FL and ending in London UK (97 nights). QV voyage starts by crossing the Atlantic to Florida via Bermuda, which is followed by a trans-Panama segment. The liner then crosses the Pacific via Hawaii and Samoa to NZ and from there calls in Sydney, Australia's Gold Coast, the Great Barrier Reef prior to traveling to Hong Kong via Darwin and Vietnam. Next in line is ship's Asia visit, and the return via Singapore, the Indian Ocean, and South Africa.
Queen Victoria's deployment features for 2021 include The World Voyage; Grand Voyages; 38 voyage combinations that range from 2 to 112 nights; more than 41,000 nautical miles; a total of 39 ports in 24 different countries; overnights in Cape Town, Honolulu, Hong Kong, San Francisco, Singapore, and Sydney; 25 UNESCO World Heritage Sites; scenic Panama Canal cruising.
- In December 2020-early 2021, Queen Elizabeth offers a series of roundtrip cruises from international ports with regionally-focused itineraries. In between the deployments are exotic grand voyages. QE is due to operate 4 roundtrip cruises from Melbourne and 4 from Sydney, covering the regions of South Australia, New Zealand, and Tasmania. New in 2021 is a couple of "open-jaw" NZ voyages, sailing from Auckland to Sydney and the reverse.
At the end of her Australian season in March, the ship sails north to Japan via Southeast Asia. The cruise includes destinations like Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Taiwan, the Philippines.
QE's Japan deployment, from mid-April through mid-May 2021, consists of 4 roundtrip journeys from Tokyo. A couple of 9-night trips highlight the nature and cultural roots of Japan's main islands of Kyushu and Honshu and are timed to coincide with the spring blooms across the region. The 3rd roundtrip cruise, a 7-night itinerary, coincides with Golden Week, a celebratory time that features a number of Japanese holidays. The 4th roundtrip cruise is a new itinerary, sailing to Okinawa archipelago and Taiwan. It features a maiden visit to the island of Miyakojima and is due to arrive in the tropical islands of the archipelago at the start of the peak season.
Queen Elizabeth's deployment features for 2021 include Grand Voyages; 82 voyage combinations that range from 2 to 39 nights; more than 49,000 nautical miles; a total of 46 ports in 10 different countries; maiden calls in New Plymouth and Lyttleton, New Zealand; Miyakojima, Japan, and Hualien, Taiwan; overnights in Auckland, Hobart, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Wellington; 24 UNESCO World Heritage Sites; scenic cruising in Fiordland National Park, New Zealand.
- Additional 2020-2021 cruises on Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria include Queen Mary 2's 7-night Transatlantic Crossings departing Dec 8 and 15, 2020, Jan 3 and Apr 19, 2021; as well as a 12-night Caribbean roundtrip itinerary from New York departing Dec 22, 2020. In January and April 2021, Queen Victoria offers 2- and 4-night Short Break sailings from Hamburg and Southampton.