Arrivals & Departures Cunard's Queen Elizabeth to make maiden calls to Albany and Esperance

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The luxury cruise ship will be based in Australia for more than three months over the 2019/20 summer season. 

Cunard's Queen Elizabeth is set to make its maiden call to Albany, along with the cruise line's first visit to Esperance, when it heads down under in December 2019.

The luxury cruise ship will be be based in Australia for 101 days over the 2019/20 summer — almost double the length of its 54-day Australian deployment scheduled for February and March 2019.

During December 2019 and March 2020, Queen Elizabeth will offer six round-trip cruises from Melbourne and two from Sydney, visiting destinations including South Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. 

In a first for Cunard's current fleet, it'll spend Christmas 2019 in local waters as part of a voyage from Melbourne to New Zealand that will also include Boxing Day in the Fiordland National Park and New Year's Eve in Auckland Harbour.

The 2019/20 season will also see Queen Elizabeth's first visits to the Whitsunday Islands and Darwin. 

“Over the past few years we’ve seen unprecedented growth in demand for the Cunard experience in Australia so it made sense for us to invest further in the market and extend the sailing season of Queen Elizabeth even more in 2020,” said Cunard senior vice president Simon Palethorpe.

“Our new 2019/20 summer season will not only feature more cruises, it will also offer some exciting new itinerary options which we hope will entice even more Australians to experience Cunard’s legendary service and style.”

Launched in 2010, Queen Elizabeth is the youngest ship in Cunard's three-ship fleet and has more than 10 restaurants and cafes along with a two-storey library, a ballroom, an 800-guest theatre and a games deck with paddle tennis, croquet and bowls. 

Full details on the 2020 cruise season will be released on March 13 before it goes on sale on March 20. 

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