Elegant, old-world-style Cunard Line will offer their first-ever circumnavigation of Australia, primed for some unrivaled Down Under discovery, come February. Setting sail on February 14 (an over-the-top Valentine for your sweetie, perhaps?) from Sydney (also its point of return), the 22-night cruise aboard the 2,620-passenger Queen Mary 2 will provide cruisers a rare opportunity to completely navigate the massive country, as part of the vessels 2012 World Voyage.
The itinerary includes stops at eight Australian ports in Fremantle, Adelaide, and the Whitsunday Islands, along with maiden visits to Cairns, Darwin, Melbourne, and Brisbane as well as a stopover in Bali. The sailing is a show of confidence in the Australian cruise market, a cruise region which has demonstrated a boon in recent years, and will mark the arrival of the largest ship to ever visit Australia. Rates on the “Royal Circumnavigation of Australia” itinerary start at $3,998 per person; www.cunard.com.