**This is a rewrite of a post I did earlier today that disappeared**
As some of you know, we are Queen Mary2 enthusiasts, virgins to the whole travel aboard an ocean liner lifestyle until October 2016 when we took our first sail across the Atlantic. I went kicking and screaming because at heart I’m a Certified Landlubber who gets sick LOOKING at a boat. Welll, I didn’t really kick and scream but I did buy out the entire Dramamine counter and loaded up on Relief bands. I brought Saltines aboard. I made a critical Rookie Mistake – I looked at a now viral YT video of the QM2 rocking and rolling during a big Atlantic storm.
Our first voyage was merely a seven day New York to London sail. Because we were newbies, we hadn’t earned any Cunard perks or any loyalty pins, so we were assigned a dining table with others, rather than a table for the two of us. We were sure we’d get duds to sit with and be stuck for three meals a day with boring people but as it turned out, we had THE BEST TABLE. We clicked as a table of six. We laughed and talked until we couldn’t laugh and talk anymore. The dining experience we dreaded ended up being almost the best part of the voyage.
After that first sail, we were hooked. We looked for longer voyages. Voyages to nowhere just so we could attain loyalty points and climb the loyalty ladder.
After a couple of other short voyages under our belt, we took a leap of faith and sailed from Singapore to New York in 2019. 55 days. Amazing ports we’d never travel to as land travelers. Petra. Through the Suez Canal. Experienced having armed British Navy on board as we sailed through the Pirate Zone and saw the ship had set in place high powered water nozzles if pirates started to climb the ship.
One night along the India coast we had to make a detour to drop off an ill passenger. What a streamlined procedure.
Onboard this voyage we met and became friends with a woman traveling alone to honor her recently deceased husband. He asked her to please keep traveling, and she did, taking the ship around the world, all 115 days. Who would do that we wondered?🤔
Fast forward to early 2020. We got the bug to sail again, this time we booked a voyage from New York to Hong Kong, starting January 2021. Then the State Department nixxed all non-essential travel to Hong Kong, so we decided to end our sail in Sydney then fly home. Sounded like a plan.
Then COVID. All Cunard voyages were cancelled. Including our 2021 trip. Okay, we understood. Made sense to us. We got our money back, all of it, so we were fine.
We figured, surely by 2022 all would be back to normal so we checked out the 2022 World Voyages on the QM2. We didn’t care for the itinerary, so we decided to skip 2022.
Then in March of this year, we got an email from Cunard announcing that the 2023 World Centenary Voyages were going to be open to passengers who have traveled before.
We loved the itinerary, looked at each other and said Let’s do this while we still can. All 117 days. You tell the kids there’s no inheritance.
All was well, until yesterday when Cunard announced it was cancelling their 2022 World Voyages.
From Travel Weekly:
Cunard Line has canceled a number of sailings this fall and into the spring of 2022 citing the ongoing complexities of international travel during the pandemic. At the same time, the line has announced new itineraries sailing as soon as July.
Cunard has canceled the following sailings:
• Queen Elizabeth’s sailings from the U.K. to Australia, and her homeport season in Australia, from Oct. 18 through March 9.
• The Queen Mary 2 and The Queen Victoria 2022 World Voyages.
“Sadly, the path for a return to sailing across international waters is less clear, and we are extremely sorry for the huge disappointment cancellations will cause for all guests who have been affected,” Cunard president Simon Palethorpe said in a statement. “Unfortunately, there are simply too many international ports of call affected by the ongoing complexities of Covid-19, which has sadly led to this decision.”
The news of all 2022 World Voyages being cancelled doesn’t bode well for 2023. The hangup seems to be Australia and New Zealand, those countries not too keen on letting a bunch of fer’ners from a cruise ship on their shores. I read that tourism dollars from ships alone into Australia and NZ is billions of dollars. I believe it.
I guess we just hang tight and wait. I hope it happens because the views, the people, the destinations, the staff…incredible.
And the noon horn too! Iconic! (not my video. I do have one but try as I might to insert in this post, it won’t upload. I’m getting the feeling the post is jinxed!)
Scroll to the .54 for the horn to start!