Queen Mary 2 in Melbourne

While the Queen Mary 2 was in Melbourne I was lucky enough to enjoy lunch and a walk around on this lovely ship. The first impression is the size of the ship. At 151,400 tons and  nearly four football fields in length it is an imposing ship. When walking onboard it is like stepping back in time. Cunard, the owner of Queen Mary 2, is aiming to bring back the classic age of cruising back. Highlights of a cruise onboard include afternoon tea served in the Queens Room, the Royal Court Theatre, where you can enjoy nightly Broadway style shows and dining in one of the restaurants onboard. Each cruise includes a number of formal nights when you get to dress up in black tie.

Queen Mary 2‘s facilities include fifteen restaurants and bars, five swimming pools, a casino, a ballroom, a theatre, and the first planetarium at sea. There are also kennels on board, as well as a nursery.

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What are the highest rated ships?

Each year Berlitz releases their comprehensive annual ranking of cruise ships. This year Hapag Lloyd’s Europa retained its number one spot for the 13th consecutive year. The reviews are compiled by British cruise critic and author Douglas Ward, who has been reviewing cruise ships for 28 years and has spent over 6000 days at sea. He takes into account 400 items including accommodation, cuisine, entertainment, spa/fitness/recreation and service.

SeaDream I and SeaDream II were the next highest scorers, followed by Seabourn. The Queen Mary 2 dominated the large resort style ships followed by joint runners up Celebrity Solstice, which will be based in Australia this summer and Celebrity Equinox.

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Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 will make a 12-night cruise to New Zealand from Sydney in March 2013

The Queen Mary 2 will visit Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, the Bay of Islands and Milford Sound, with fares from $3329.

The cruise will go on sale in Australia/New Zealand on 13 July 2011 – a day ahead of the global launch.

Cunard says the sailing has been sparked by strong bookings for the ship’s planned 2012 circumnavigation of Australia.

As well as the 12-night cruise, there’ll be a 19-night option including a Sydney to Fremantle sector.

Queen Mary 2 will be on a 106-night world voyage, which will go on sale at 10pm on 14 July this year, with pre-registration available from 4 July.

The same arrangement has been announced for Queen Victoria’s 2013 world voyage.

Discounts will be offered on bookings made by 31 December this year.

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