Cunard’s flagship Queen Mary 2 arrived in Fremantle yesterday ahead of her first ever circumnavigation of Australia.
Forming part of her fifth world voyage, the QM2 carried approximately 2,600 passengers when she set sail from Fremantle at 5pm yesterday bound for Adelaide.
She will visit five states and the Northern Territory as part of the historic circumnavigation that will see the liner in Australian waters for a record 30 days.
“Queen Mary 2 turns heads in Australia every time she visits and this year will be no different with her historic circumnavigation including four maiden visits to Australian ports,” Cunard president Peter Shanks said.
“She’s a liner than has a great following in Australia so we’re delighted that she will be based in local waters for a month.”
The largest ship to ever visit Australia, the circumnavigation marks the first time that the Queen Mary 2 has ever been based outside of her home ports of Southampton and New York.
Fremantle will welcome the liner again next year ahead of her first circumnavigation of New Zealand, with Western Australia expecting this visit to inject AUD$500,000 into the local economy.