P&O Cruises’ m.v. Aurora in Sydney in March 2015
For those planning to sail to Australia, the annual peregrination will be casting off from Southampton and heading south in the next week or so. Those arrangements have been made and tickets issued. But for their return voyages, the same five ships from the sister fleets of Cunard Line and P&O Cruises have been lined up to sail home from Sydney to Southampton over a short period of three weeks in late February/early March:
m.v. Aurora (P&O Cruises, 1,868 berths) – February 20, 2016 (66 nights)
m.v. Queen Elizabeth (Cunard Line, 2,092 berths) – February 21, 2016 (79 nights)
m.v. Arcadia (P&O Cruises, 2,064 berths) – March 1, 2016 (66 nights)
m.v. Queen Victoria (Cunard Line, 2,014 berths) – March 8, 2016 (63 nights)
r.m.s. Queen Mary 2 (Cunard Line, 2,620 berths) – March 11, 2016 (60 nights)
Two further sailings will take place after this fleet leaves Sydney.
First, Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ 590-berth Astor departs Fremantle March 16, 2016, for Tilbury. She is already fully booked to Tilbury, although some cabins are still available between Fremantle and Cape Town.
Two months after that, for those wanting more time in Australia, Princess Cruises’ 2,016-berth Sea Princess will sail from Sydney on May 15, 2016, on her own 55-night voyage to Dover.
m.v. Queen Elizabeth (foreground) and r.m.s. Queen Mary 2 in Sydney in 2011
Note: For those of you who have been travelling between Europe and Australia on the passenger-carrying container ships of CMA CGM and NSB over the past many years, the last direct ships were withdrawn in late 2015, when they were moved to other routes.
Cargo-passenger connections are still available via Philadelphia and Charleston (full US visa required) and Port Kelang and Singapore, but in order to make things easier for through passengers and make up for the shortfall in cargo ship berths, we have decided this year to offer additional berths on direct passenger ships.
To check fares and availability for any Australia or New Zealand voyage please contact Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or email PassageEnquiry@aol.com.