Reports in the Australian media suggest that Carnival Australia are investigating the possibility of bringing all three Cunard Queens to Australia for three months in 2019.
With Carnival Australia looking for further deployment of luxury cruise line Seabourn in Australia next year, Executive Chairman, Ann Sherry has been quoted in The Australian as saying they also want to bring the Cunard ships to Australia in 2019.
“As the number of ships grow there is a conversation going on to have Seabourn here, We are (also) looking at bringing the Cunard ships down here for three months in 2019.”
Such a move would see the entire Cunard fleet in Australia for the first time ever. In the past, there has been two ships from Cunard together in Australia at the same time with the meeting of their former flagship QE2 and Queen Mary 2 in February 2007 in Sydney. February 2008 saw QE2 and Queen Victoria meet together in Sydney Harbour with the visit of QE2 being her final call to the city before she retired. February 2011 saw both Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth both rendevous in Sydney. The most recent meeting of Cunarders in Australia was in March 2015 when both Queen Victoria and Queen Mary 2 spent the day in Sydney.
It would represent a coup for Carnival Australia and the Australian cruise market to gain access to the Cunard ships for three months at a time in 2019 and although nothing has so far been finalised, it’s a move that is sure to get Australians excited at and would be another chapter in Cunard’s long and illustrious history.