Imagine embarking on a three-month voyage that will take you to the far-flung corners of the globe: a journey of discovery that cossets you in luxury while carrying you to pastures new. Picture the scene: you're greeted with Cunard's legendary white-gloved welcome as you embark on Queen Mary 2 or Queen Elizabeth in Southampton, then relax into the refined on-board lifestyle as you begin one of the most awe-inspiring holidays on offer today.
The most famous ocean liners in the world each set a magical course as they head off from their Hampshire home port of Southampton, circumnavigating the globe on two very distinct routes. During 2012, Queen Elizabeth carries her guests across the Atlantic to New York and on to Central America, before making her passage through the world-famous Panama Canal and heading for the Hawaiian Islands, Fiji and then the breathtakingly lush landscapes of New Zealand. From Wellington, she sails on to Australia, then makes her way north, taking in a variety of ports in southeast Asia and India, moving on to the Arabian Gulf, Egypt and the Mediterranean, before arriving back in Southampton, 107 nights after departing.
The flagship offers an alternative round-the-world voyage, encompassing the delights of Cape Town and Mauritius, before heading Down Under for an extended tour of the Australian coastline and the islands of the South Pacific. Queen Mary 2 continues her journey via Japan, China, Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore before sailing on to Dubai and Egypt, then through the Suez Canal, stopping in Athens and Lisbon, before arriving home after her 108-night voyage.
And, you'll know you're in good hands with Cunard, who pioneered world voyages with Laconia in 1922. Today, Cunard …