She'll do it again in 2009.
That's the word from Cunard, which says the much-ballyhooed Queen Mary 2, which made headlines this year with its first around-the-world sailing, will repeat the voyage in 18 months.
Cunard says the 2,600-passenger ocean liner, the biggest ever to circumnavigate the globe, will depart Ft. Lauderdale on Jan. 13, 2009, on a 90-day voyage -- eight days longer than the first trip.
What do the globetrotting maestros of Cunard have in store this time? Too big to transit the Panama Canal, the four-year-old ship will start out sailing around South America to Los Angeles, then across the Pacific to Honolulu in Hawaii. Continuing from there, it'll head for New Zealand and Australia (stops include Pago Pago, American Samoa; Auckland, New Zealand and Sydney, Australia) and then across Asia to the Middle East (stopping in Dubai; Salalah, Oman; and Alexandria, Egypt).
The final calls are in Europe. The voyage ends in New York on April 14, 2009. Early booking fares start at $20,745 per person, double occupancy.
And so will the Queen Victoria . . .
Meanwhile, in a sign of just how popular world cruising has become, Cunard also announced this week that it will send a second ship, its new Queen Victoria, on an around-the-world voyage in 2009.
The new ship, which launches this winter (taking the place of the soon-to-retire Queen Elizabeth 2), will depart from Ft. Lauderdale the same day as the Queen Mary 2 on a longer, 99-day voyage that takes it to 37 ports across five continents. Smaller than the Queen Mary 2, it'll transit the Panama Canal before heading across the Pacific to Asia, the Middle East and Europe.
Port calls include Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; Shanghai, Chica; Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands; Rabual, Papua New Guinea; Sydney, Australia; Goa, India; and Hobart, Tasmania. The ship also will visit 18 ports for the first time, including Apia, Western Samoa; Aqaba, Jordan; Nagasaki, Japan; and Nha Trang, Vietnam.
The journey ends in Southampton on April 20, 2009. Early Booking Fares for start at $20,955 per person, double occupancy.
Tell us, Cruise Loggers, would you ever consider an around-the-world cruise?
Photo courtesy of Cunard.