64 Night Cruise sailing from Auckland to Southampton aboard Queen Victoria.
QUEEN VICTORIA captivates with her graceful splendour and a luxurious ambience so evocative of great liners past. With luxurious marbles, woods and rich fabrics she exudes elegance.
Warmly reminiscent of a more gracious era, modern technology combines seamlessly with her classic yet contemporary interior. Crafted to exude elegance with intricate mosaics, gleaming chandeliers and luxuriant marbles. Crafted too, for sublime comfort with plush carpets, rich fabrics and soft furnishings.
Highlights of this cruise:
In a nation where stunning scenery is taken for granted, this water wonderland sparkles like a freshly polished jewel. Over 48 extinct volcanoes cloaked in wild mountainous scenery encircle the City of Sails. An undulating succession of bays and inlets stretch along its endless shores. Even the downtown area with its expansive, farm-like parks exudes a sense of spacious beauty.
Australia's oldest and largest city was born in 1788 with the arrival of the First Fleet that transported 760 British convicts. Gold and sheep breeding propelled Sydney's development today it is the largest port in the entire South Pacific. Mark Twain called it the wonder of the world. James Michener wrote, It is a thing of beauty, a fairy-tale body of water.
The Brisbane River meanders through the heart of the city. Elegant Georgian buildings of native sandstone stand next to sleek glass towers. Brisbane is also a superbly landscaped city with jacarandas, flame trees, and bougainvilleas thriving in its semi-tropical climate. Come face to face with koalas, kangaroos and wombats on tours from this laid-back city.
On the remote northern shores of Australia's 'Top End', balmy Darwin has grown from frontier settlement into a multicultural modern city. Discover the region's dramatic history - from Aboriginal heritage to World War II air raids and the devastating Cyclone Tracey - in the museums and galleries.
It is a vision of ethereal beauty, where ribbons of white unravel along an azure sea, emerald rice terraces and stone-carved temples pierce a jade landscape and Hindu gods inspire the highest form of human creativity. Bali is a place of such physical, cultural and spiritual beauty it can truly be called a paradise.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (from Phu My)
Welcome to Vietnam's culinary centre where there is plenty on the menu. The port of Phu My (pronounced Foo Me) is the gateway to Ho Chi Minh City and the seaside resort of Vung Tau. Still fondly known as Saigon, the city is a thrilling, chaotic whirl played out against a French colonial backdrop as the aroma of noodle stalls, the sight of orange-garbed monks and the incessant buzz of scooters create a vivid snapshot of daily life.
Nha Trang, Vietnam
With a population of 300,000 Nha Trang still retains its small town atmosphere and is well known for the friendliness of the locals.
Hong Kong, China
Hong Kong is a paradigm of contradictions. On the one hand the city vibrates with modern commerce, soaring skyscrapers and sophistication. But at the same time it is a land of ancient beliefs and intriguing local customs: small, gilded shrines glow with red lamps, joss sticks and fresh oranges markets are heaped high with salted eggs, squid and every kind of medicinal root and herbal remedy imaginable red-sailed junks and sampans ply the harbour.
Chan May, Vietnam
Pass coastal sand dunes, verdant green hills and paddy fields en route to the historic Vietnamese cities of Hue or Da Nang. Explore the sprawling complex of templates and pavilions in Hue's Imperial Citadel, glimpse ancient tombs and pagodas that line the shimmering Perfume River or explore the sacred caves found within the Marble Mountains.
Explore multi-cultural Singapore at the gold-domed Sultan Mosque, the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple with its vivid images of Hindu God Vishnu and the calm, lotus-filled lakes of the Chinese garden. A certain Britishness lingers too, so stop by Singapore Polo Club and Raffles Hotel for a tall glass of the pink stuff - a signature Singapore Sling.
Founded in the 1400s by a fleeing prince, Malacca is a place seemingly defined by comings and goings over the centuries. The city itself changed hands, between the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British, and the variety of influences remains imprinted here, which makes it an intriguing place for you to visit today.
Explore the different layers of history here. The wooden replica Melaka Sultanate Palace recalls an era over 500 years ago, several churches tell of Portuguese occupation in the early 1500s while a series of elaborate tombstones date from after the Dutch arrival in the mid-1600s. In fact, the overlap of Malay, Indian, Chinese and European legacies here are the reason that Malacca's historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Colombo, Sri Lanka
A landscape draped in greenery, stunning beaches, great wildlife refuges and the ruins of an ancient civilisation beckon visitors to Sri Lanka, an island inhabited by man for perhaps half a billion years. The sights of Colombo are many, a combination of British colonial architecture, historical museums, fine restaurants and shopping especially for sapphires and rubies.
Port Victoria, Seychelles
A quaint and pretty town, it is home to a third of the Seychelles' population. Authentic produce can be found in abundance in the open-air bazaars such as Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market which sells locally-grown teas and spices, as well as beautiful coral trinkets and jewellry.
Mauritius (from Port Louis)
Mauritius was uninhabited until the Dutch arrived in 1635. Their colony lasted about two generations - long enough for the settlers to hunt the native dodo birds to extinction. The capital of Port Louis offers shopping bargains at the old-fashioned central market. Go bird watching at Casela Bird Park. Or set out on a catamaran to admire the sun-drenched beauty of the island, landing on dazzling white beaches and snorkelling amongst shoals brimming with kaleidoscopic fish.
Runion offers a little taste of French culture on a tropical island whose setting has more in common with Hawaii than Paris. Officially an overseas French department the island is full of cultural Creole buildings as well as an incredible range of geographical diversity, from beaches to flourishing forests. Runion's rugged scenic roads and dusty plains could lead you up to see the incredible 'Piton de la Fournaise' or 'Peak of the Furnace,' one of the most active volcanoes in the world today.
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Vast, vibrant Port Elizabeth stretches along Algoa Bay in the Eastern Cape. Discover the city's rich architectural heritage in Market Square, enjoy the beautiful local beaches, or look for the 'Big Five' (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros) at Shamwari Game Reserve.
Cape Town, South Africa
Not only is Cape Town one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but it is also surrounded by magnificent beaches, rugged mountains and bucolic vineyards. On a fine day savour an awe inspiring cable car ride up Table Mountain. Perhaps make the poignant tour of Robben Island or take a cultural trip to Stellenbosch and its surrounding wine lands.
Walvis Bay, Namibia
The 'Diamond of Africa' is a country of stark beauty and contrasting landscapes. It is home to the world's oldest desert, the world's highest sand dunes, and a diversity of people that have created an intriguing blend of cultures and traditions. Found between the sand dunes of the Namib Desert and the Atlantic Ocean, the large natural lagoon of Walvis Bays is home to prolific birdlife.
The Canary Islands have some of the most striking and diverse scenery of any islands on earth: dry volcanic deserts, a snow-capped mountain, lush fields with banana and pineapple plantations, plus spectacular beaches. Only 70 miles from the coast of Africa, the Canaries were a way station for Spanish galleons and Las Palmas was the provisioning stop for Columbus on all four of his voyages.
Southampton, United Kingdom
The United Kingdom's premier passenger ship port, Southampton was home to the great transatlantic liners of yesteryear. The port serves as your gateway to Southern England's magnificent historic sites, national landmarks, charming villages as well as the great metropolis of London. Southampton is the ideal starting or ending point for a memorable voyage.