September 19, 2012
Whether you have booked a Cunard World Voyage, or you’re thinking of joining us to sail the world, these handy tips should help with some of those important questions:
1. One World Cruise – Two Ships
Hate flying but want to try different itineraries? In both 2013 and 2014 you can sail on board two of our Queens during their World Voyages.
2013 – Board Queen Victoria in Southampton for the first half of her circumnavigation before returning home on Queen Elizabeth or Queen Mary 2. You can choose to disembark and overnight in Auckland awaiting the arrival of Queen Elizabeth the following day or disembark Queen Victoria in Sydney and return home on flagship Queen Mary 2 via Asia and Africa.
2014 – There are three combinations in all, and each completes a full world voyage from Southampton.
Any of the three ships can be boarded for the sailing down to Sydney, then there can be a period of 9, 12 or 14-days before the chosen return voyage departs, giving you time to visit friends and family, or to explore Australia more widely.
The homeward voyage from Sydney can be either with Queen Mary 2 via the Orient, Arabia and the Mediterranean, or aboard Queen Victoria, travelling in the opposite direction, port-hopping along the east coast of New Zealand before crossing the Pacific, passing through the Panama Canal and sailing Transatlantic back to Southampton.
2. Try a Shorter Sector
Fancy taking in the sights of the world but don’t have the time to complete the full circle? Stay on board from 8 -75 nights on our World Voyage sectors. Embark from great cities of the world such as New York, Sydney, Cape Town or Hong Kong.
3. Want To Give Something Back To Local Communities?
Green World Tours is the innovative programme of charitable and responsibly-based shore tours and activities designed to ‘give something back’ to towns and communities featured in its ships’ itineraries while simultaneously creating uniquely rewarding experiences for small groups of guests. There are lots of wonderful and different Green Tours during a World Cruise, including the Sea Turtle Conservation Centre tour in Laem Chabang.
The Centre’s programme includes hatching turtles’ eggs and nurturing them in a protected area before returning them to the sea. The centre has been able to nurture and release more than 20,000 turtles every year.
4. Watching Your Weight?
With all of the fine dining on offer, it’s easy to put on a few extra pounds during your cruise. Each of our ships has a modern gym and fitness centre with many classes you can find ashore. Many of our guests also choose to jog or walk around the outside decks, 3 laps around Queen Mary 2’s deck equates to 1 mile and you may even spot some marine life! Not a fan of the gym? There are lots of healthy dining options and each lunch and dinner menu includes our spa menu options.
5. What Should You Pack?
Lots of our guests say they lay out everything they want to bring with them…then half it! For those who like to bring outfits for all eventualities, our staterooms have plenty of storage space for your cases and belongings, and the luxury of a voyage with no flights means you don’t have airline baggage restrictions to adhere to. For those who like to travel lighter, we have guest launderettes on most passenger decks, as well as a dry cleaning service. Gents are also able to hire their formal wear from our on board shops, which some choose to do mid-voyage after a few too many Afternoon Teas!
6. Plenty of Port Guides in our Libraries
Prefer to explore ports of call independently? Each of our ships has an excellent library on board, with Queen Mary 2’s being the largest at sea. There are hundreds of books for you to enjoy, including reference port guides to help you research the destinations that await you.
7. Book Early to Receive Complimentary Benefits
By booking early you will have preference over your stateroom choice and receive complimentary benefits such as On Board Credit. This is money for you to spend on board during your voyage and can be used towards shore excursions, spa treatments or your favourite Commodore Club cocktails!
8. Combine Your Voyage With a Land Tour
Available pre- or post- cruise in selected cities around the world, these tours give you the opportunity to spend a few days ashore discovering the highlights of your chosen region.
Take in the highlights of Sydney, the Blue Mountains and a wine tour in Hunter Valley in our 4 night Sydney tour before joining Queen Elizabeth in 2014. Sailing on board Queen Mary 2 in 2014? You can visit Table Mountain, Cape Point and Cape Town in our 3 night Cape Town tour before joining your ship.
See our website for further details of land tours from Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, San Francisco and Auckland: http://www.cunard.com/Destinations/tours/
9. Keep In Touch
There are many ways you can keep in contact with loved ones whilst cruising the world with us. Use our authentic British post box on board Queen Mary 2 to send postcards and letters, connect to the ship’s wifi from your stateroom, any of the public rooms or Internet Centres, or use your mobile phone on board or in port. Your friends and family can always follow your journey live on our ships webcams, make sure you let them know when you’re sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge or into Sydney Harbour!
10. Top tip – no tips!
On full World Voyages, Cunard will cover the cost of guest dining and hotel gratuities on board.
For full details of our 2013 and 2014 World Voyages please visit www.cunard.com