U.K.-based cruise line Cunard is trying something new in 2017. Its 1,980-passenger, 90,000-gross-ton Queen Victoria will sail the Amazon River during its world cruise. The five-night river exploration will not only be a first for the current Cunard fleet, but will break the record for the largest cruise ship ever to transit the Amazon.
The ship’s full world voyage will travel some 41,000 nautical miles and visit 32 ports of all in 17 countries. The Amazon leg comes when the ship cruises South America, venturing through the Strait of Magellan and into the Chilean fjords. In all, the ship’s 120-night world cruise starting and ending in Southampton, England, will cost $20,000 for the least expensive cabin. A 95-night roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale has fares from $15,850.
But the Amazon trip isn’t the only new experience Cunard has on tap for 2017. Its flagship ocean liner Queen Mary 2 will sail its first world voyage after a big renovation at a German shipyard. Guests on this 2,600-passenger ship will enjoy new designs and experiences that reflect the changing needs of today’s passengers, including 15 single staterooms, 30 additional Britannia Club balcony staterooms, an expansion to the ship’s dedicated kennels, and more innovations Cunard will announce in the coming months.
Queen Mary 2’s world cruise will sail roundtrip from New York, visiting 40 ports in 23 countries, 33 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, nine maiden calls, three overnight stays, and 11 late evening departures. The east-west voyage, departing New York on Jan. 3, 2017, will travel to Southampton, then on to South Africa, before arriving in Australia. The ship will then operate round trip Hong Kong and Shanghai sailings before cruising to Arabia and Europe, sailing via the Suez Canal, and heading back to Southampton and New York. Overnight stays will include Cape Town, Singapore and Dubai. The full 132-night voyage from New York has fares from $22,399.
“Since Cunard inaugurated the first world cruise in 1922, our company has carried more guests and made more trips around the world than any other cruise line,” says Richard Meadows, president, Cunard, North America. “This year, Cunard’s Full World Voyage Program brings unique experiences to our guests, whether it be an in-depth exploration of Asia or a trip up the Amazon river, there is an itinerary for both returning world cruisers and for those new to Cunard who wish to revel in Cunard’s legendary grand luxury.”
See Cunard’s world cruise line-up here.