QM2 and Queen Elizabeth 2020 Cruise Cancellations
Queen Mary 2
Cunard announced on 9 February 2020 that Queen Mary 2 would divert to Fremantle after the cancellation of the ship’s planned 2020 Asian itinerary. Cunard enacted these precautions due to the dynamic and evolving coronavirus situation, in an attempt to protect all passengers and crew onboard the ship.
The diversion meant QM2 skipped Singapore and instead sailed on cruises from Australian ports on a new itinerary that saw her undertake a circumnavigation of Australia in February and March 2020.
Having completed the voyage, upon arriving back in Fremantle on 14 March, no new passengers or crew were allowed to board QM2. The ship remained alongside in Fremantle for several days during which all existing passengers were also required to leave the ship. She will reportedly sail back to Southampton with only her crew aboard.
Affected passengers were contacted by Cunard and full details can be found on their website at https://www.cunard.com/en-au/contact-us/travel-health-advisories
Cunard announced on 19 February 2020 that they had revised Queen Elizabeth’s 2020 itinerary. Queen Elizabeth had been undertaking an extended Australian season in 2020. She arrived in December 2019 and has been doing coastal voyages that have been very popular with Australian cruisers.
Queen Elizabeth was due to depart Australian waters in March 2020, bound for a season in Japan. This Japanese Sector was cancelled due to the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak. Worldwide travel restrictions continue to impact cruise lines with Cunard being one of several lines to cancel Asian itineraries.
Cunard announced a series of new cruises for Queen Elizabeth in Australian waters. However when New Zealand closed its borders to cruise ships, this new itinerary was interrupted with the 15 March 2020 cruise cancelled. Queen Elizabeth remains in Australian waters but at present it is unclear what her future itinerary will look like
For full details visit: https://www.cunard.com/en-au/contact-us/travel-health-advisories