PICTURES BY JAMES MORGAN - MANDATORY CREDIT IF USED OR ISSUED: PHOTO BY JAMES MORGAN/CUNARD FREE IMAGES FOR USE IN EDITORIAL AND ONLINE USE ONLY - NO SALES/NO ADVERTISING 16th March 2013ÉÉ.MILFORD SOUND, FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK, SOUTH ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND CunardÕs magnificent flagship Queen Mary 2 made history today, becoming the largest ship to visit Milford Sound in New ZealandÕs stunning World Heritage-listed Fiordland National Park. Measuring 345 metres long and reaching 62 metres above the water, the 151,400-tonne liner cruised the waters of Milford Sound as well as neighbouring Dusky Sound and Doubtful Sound as part of her maiden circumnavigation of New Zealand. The 12-day journey around New Zealand will end in Sydney on Tuesday (March 19). Carrying more than 2500 guests, Queen Mary 2 remains the biggest ship to sail to New Zealand.

Cunard returns to Australia with shorter cruises in 2018

Cunard has announced its 2018 World Voyages program which includes calls to Kangaroo Island and New Zealand.

She will spend more than a month in local waters including a 13 night circumnavigation of New Zealand as well as a four night cruise to South Australia’s Kangaroo Island.

The line said that there was an overwhelming demand for shorter cruises on the Queen Mary 2 and Aussies were keen to sail from local ports.

This will be the second time Queen Mary 2 will visit Busselton in Western Australia and Kangaroo Island. She will also make an encore visit to Newcastle on March 1, 2018.

Her circumnavigation cruise of New Zealand will include maiden calls to Dunedin on the South Island and Tauranga on the North island as part of a 13 night round trip cruise from Sydney.

She will cruise through the Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound in Fiordland National Park before she heads to Dunedine, Akaroa, Wellington, Tauranga, Auckland and Bay of Islands.

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