Cruise around the world

If you’ve always wanted to go around the world, Cunard Line has just the ticket. The cruise line’s latest brochure highlights the 2002 World Cruise of its flagship Queen Elizabeth 2. There’s plenty of time to book-or do some armchair dreaming about this once in a lifetime trip. The ship leaves New York, January 7, 2002. It arrives 108 days later, April 26, 2002, in Fort Lauderdale.


The trip is called ‘Voyage of Exploration’. It retraces the sea routes of great explorers and discoverers of the past. It lasts one-third of a year, or you can travel on segments of the cruise that range from 6 to 106 days duration.


It’s quite a cruise. After transiting the Panama Canal, the QE2 samples the Mexican Riviera, California, Hawaii and French Polynesia, enroute to New Zealand and Australia. Then, sailing up Australia’s west coast, QE2 visits Adelaide and Perth before re-entering the tropics to visit Bali.


Philippines to Madeira
The Philippines, Japan, Taipei, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Singapore round out the Asian elements of the cruise.


Then it’s on to Cochin and Mumbai in the Indian Ocean, on the way to the Seychelles Islands and Mauritius. Durn and Cape Town are next, followed by several historical islands including St. Helena, Tenerife and Madeira.


The last leg of the journey is the traditional crossing from the liner’s home port of Southampton, England to New York and onward to Fort Lauderdale.


What does it cost? Well, if you have to ask, you can’t afford the full package, which ranges from $19,626 to $299,882 per person (based on double occupancy).


Fares for segments start from $1,810 per person, double occupancy for a six-day Transatlantic Segment.


The full cruise and all segments feature advance booking savings that reduce fares by up to 20 per cent. For more information or to get the Cunard brochure, contact your CARPTravel representative.