Luxury cruise line Cunard has announced it will be extending its Australian season to a record 101 days over the 2019-20 summer period.

The company’s Queen Elizabeth vessel will make six sailings between December 2019 and March 2020, departing from Sydney and Melbourne during that time and exploring a varied list of itineraries including trips to South Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

News of the 2019/2020 season extension sees Cunard almost double the length of the ship’s scheduled 54-day stay in early 2019, a decision the company says was fuelled by continued uptake in the Aussie market for its products.

“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,” 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,” he added.

Cunard has experienced solid sales traction in Melbourne recently, driving a decision to have the Queen Elizabeth homeport in the city for two months.


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