Queen Mary 2 Cruise Ship
The Queen Mary 2 is the flagship of the Cunard Line and unlike its steam powered predecessors is powered by diesel engines. It is over a thousand feet in length and has eighteen decks. It can cater for over two thousand six hundred passengers and carries twelve hundred crew.
New York to Southampton
The ship will take passengers on a round the world one hundred and thirty four night journey that takes in over twenty countries. The voyage begins in the Big Apple, New York City. From there the ship will make the seven day and three thousand four hundred mile journey to Southampton. Southampton is located on the south coast of England. The city has a long maritime history and this is reflected in its Maritime Museum and the Seacity Museum.
Southampton to Tenerife
After Southampton the Queen Mary 2 will sail to the island of Madeira.
Madeira was colonised by the Portuguese in the fifteenth century. It sits atop a large extinct volcano in the Atlantic Ocean. The island is famed for its unique birdlife and special aqueducts which were built by Portuguese settlers. After Madeira the ship will make the short journey to the island of Tenerife.
Tenerife to Walvis Bay
Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and is considered part of Spain. The island is home to the only active volcano in the Canary Islands and enjoys beautiful weather year round. From Tenerife the QM2 will sail down the Atlantic coast of Africa before docking in Walvis Bay, Namibia. Walvis Bay, boasts excellent fishing opportunities as the city’s deep natural harbour is teeming with sea life. There are opportunities for sightseeing and adventure tours as well as being able to visit the best restaurant in Walvis Bay, The Raft, which is situated very close to the berth.
Walvis Bay to Mauritius
From Walvis Bay, Namibia the cruise will continue to South Africa. After a day’s sailing it will reach the city of Cape Town where it will spend two nights. Built along Table Bay and overlooked by Table Mountain the city offers breath taking scenery. After two nights the cruise will continue around the Cape to another South African city, Port Elizabeth. Port Elizabeth is home to South Africa’s most popular swimming beaches. Five days’ sailing from Port Elizabeth is the island of Réunion.
Réunion is home to many tropical and unique beaches. There are many lagoons suited for snorkelling and both black and white sand beaches. The stop in Réunion is followed by a short journey to the island of Mauritius. The island has been named one of the top tourist destinations in the world on numerous occasions.
Mauritius to New Zealand
Following the stop in Mauritius the Queen Mary 2 will sail for eight nights before docking at its first stop in Australia. Perth is the first stop in Australia. The cruise also takes in Australian stops at Margaret River, Adelaide, Melbourne, Kangaroo Island and Sydney. From Sydney the cruise continues to New Zealand.
There are nine stops on the New Zealand leg of the cruise. The cruise visits some of New Zealand’s most beautiful fjords and inlets such as, Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound. Visits are also made to the cities of Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland. The last leg of the New Zealand journey is to the Bay of Islands. The bay is a natural harbour which is ideal for dolphin watching.
New Zealand to Bali
From the Bay of Islands the ship returns to Australia.
On its return to Australia the Queen Mary 2 will first dock at Sydney. Sydney is home to the world famous Opera House and Harbour Bridge. From Sydney the cruise sails to Brisbane and then Airlie Beach. Airlie Beach is famed for its clear lagoons and tropical climate. Darwin is the last stop in Australia before the cruise heads for Bali in Indonesia.
On its return to Australia the Queen Mary 2 will first dock at Sydney. Sydney is home to the world famous Opera House and Harbour Bridge. From Sydney the cruise sails to Brisbane and then Airlie Beach. Airlie Beach is famed for its clear lagoons and tropical climate. Darwin is the last stop in Australia before the cruise heads for Bali in Indonesia. Bali is famed for its biodiversity and marine life. Bali is also famed for its temples and nightlife.
Bali to Cochin
The cruise then sails for two days to the city of Singapore and then to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. The cruise continues to Hong Kong were it docks for two days. The next stop after Hong Kong is the Vietnamese resort town of Nha Trang. Before making its way back to Singapore before heading to Malaysia. There are three stops in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Langkawi. After Malaysia the cruise reaches Phuket in Thailand. Further two days sailing the cruise reaches Colombo in Sri Lanka where it spends a night. A night is then spent in Cochin, India before heading to the Arabian Gulf.
Cochin to New York
Muscat, the capital of Oman is the first port of call in the Arabian Gulf before two nights in Dubai. The cruise sails six days around the Arabian Peninsula and docks in the Jordanian city of Aqaba. The cruise then sails through the world famous Suez Canal to the Mediterranean Sea. In the Mediterranean the cruise will visit the Italian cities of Naples and Rome and the Spanish cities of Barcelona and Cádiz.
The final journey of the cruise will see a trans-Atlantic trip from Southampton to its final destination, New York.