During the day casual clothing is typical, although shorts and swimwear are not permitted in the formal restaurants. There are some nights at sea classified as formal for dress purposes. Nights in port are classified as informal. During the evening on formal nights, a dinner suit or dark suit for gentlemen and eveningwear for ladies is required for the main restaurants. Smart casual attire is required in the public lounges and restaurants
About a third of people on the cruise travel alone. We will match people in twin-share cabins when available, saving you the single supplement. There will be group activities most days. Each evening you will dine with the group at our reserved tables.
The cruise is fully escorted and is a fun holiday with plenty of activities. You will meet a fun group of people and have a fabulous time!
Queen Elizabeth is sleek and contemporary with the most advanced technological features and luxurious appointments. The Queen Elizabeth continues the heritage of cruising of the 1930s and the great Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth 2 and Queen Mary 2. The great traditions of fine service, food and entertainment continue better than ever. Enjoy the facilities of the gourmet restaurants, swimming pools, the casino, theatres, the cinema, computer and internet access, the Health and Spa Club, seven bars and much more. Take part in the multitude of daily activities that include numerous lectures on an array of topics, the regular musical performances, ship sports and much more. A voyage on Queen Elizabeth is an experience to be savoured and remembered!
JIM HAYNES OAM is one of Australia's most prolific and successful author/ historians. Before becoming a professional entertainer, song writer and verse writer in 1988, Jim taught writing, literature, history and drama in schools and universities from outback New South Wales to Britain and back again. In 2016, he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for 'services to the performing arts as an entertainer, author, broadcaster and historian'.
Jim is a first-generation Aussie whose mother migrated from the UK as a child during the Depression. His father arrived on a British warship at the end of World War II, met his mother and stayed. ‘My parents always insisted we were Australian, not British,’ says Jim.
Originally educated at Sydney Boys High School and Sydney Teachers’ College, he taught for six years at Menindee, on the Darling River, and later at high schools in northern New South Wales and in London. Jim has also worked as a nurse, cleaner and sapphire salesman and was a professional entertainer and recording artist for 25 years. He has two degrees in literature from the University of New England and a master’s degree from the University of Wales in the UK. He has written and compiled 33 books and released many albums of songs, verse and humour.
From 1990 to 2015 Jim was busy touring as a recording artist and entertainer. He has also worked on ABC Radio and Sydney commercial radio for over 30 years. In 2001, he joined 2UE to create an Australiana segment for a new program with George Moore & Paul B Kidd, which ran until 2019. 2UE merged with the Macquarie Network in 2016 and the program switched stations to 2GB. Jim is now on 2GB Weekends with Michael McLaren on Sundays, Luke Grant Overnight on Friday mornings and with Harvey Deegan on Remember When, on 6PR in Perth. Jim lives in Moore Park, Sydney, with his wife Robyn.VIEW ITINERARY
DAY 1 Thursday 31 October 2024 Perth
Our adventure begins with a private coach tour, offering panoramic views of Perth's key landmarks— from the Governor's Residence and Parliament House to the esteemed Perth University. Following our exploration, we'll head to our centrally located hotel in Perth. Cap off the day with a delightful Welcome Dinner, providing the perfect setting to connect with fellow tour members and engage with your host, Jim Haynes.
DAY 2 Friday 1 November 2024 Perth
Today we travel to the Swan valley. We visit the Guilford Gaol and learn about the bushranger Moondyne Joe and warrior and resistance fighter Yagan. We then have a wine-tasting and lunch at a local winery before returning to Perth.
DAY 3 Saturday 2 November 2024 Margaret River
Today we travel south of Perth and first visit Mandurah. We take a cruise to see the amazing dolphins in the area and have a sumptuous seafood lunch. In the afternoon we visit the longest wooden pier in the world at Busselton before we check into our hotel in Margaret River. We later enjoy an included dinner
DAY 4 Sunday 3 November 2024 Margaret River
This morning we visit Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse in a beautiful location overlooking the sea. We then visit the Jewel Cave for a tour before visiting Cape Leeuwin Estate for a very enjoyable wine tasting and lunch. We then return to our hotel. Tonight we have an included dinner the hotel.
DAY 5 Monday 4 November 2024 Fremantle
This morning we visit the city of Bunbury, the second largest in Western Australia. We then continue on to Fremantle where we visit the Shipwrecks Museum which houses many historic treasures from the time of the Dutch exploration of the West Coast. We then check into our hotel in Fremantle.
DAY 6 Tuesday 5 November, 2024 Embarkation
This morning we will visit the Fremantle Prison built in the 1850s by convicts. It was used as a place of incarceration and punishment for almost 140 years. We will then visit the WA Maritime Museum which details the fascinating maritime history of the state. Early afternoon we are transferred to the port of Fremantle where we will embark on the Queen Elizabeth.
DAY 7 Wednesday 6 November, 2024 Day at Sea
Our first day at sea to explore the fabulous facilities of this magnificent ship. This afternoon join Jim for a fun presentation on the the ANZAC convoy from Albany
DAY 8 Thursday 7 November, 2024 Albany
Today we arrive in Albany, on the shores of the Southern Ocean. Albany is the oldest European settlement in Western Australia and was a major whaling station. We enjoy a tour of Albany and surrounds, including the Mt Clarence Desert Corp Memorial and Padre White Lookout, for amazing views of Albany. We will also visit the National ANZAC Centre, which honours the ANZACS of the First World War. It overlooks the actual harbour from which over 41,000 men and women departed Australia for the First World War. We then visit the Whaling museum that details the history of whaling in Albany
DAY 9 Friday 8 November, 2024 At Sea
A day at sea to explore the fabulous facilities of this magnificent ship. This afternoon join Jim for another presentation – Western Australia – The Land Nobody Wanted
DAY 10 Saturday 9 November, 2024 Day at Sea
A day at sea to explore the fabulous facilities of this magnificent ship. This afternoon join Jim for his presentation: South Australia – Land Free of Convicts.
DAY 11 Sunday 10 November, 2024 Adelaide
This morning, after a city tour of Adelaide, we visit Hahndorf - Australia’s Oldest German Town. Settled in 1839 by Lutherans fleeing religious persecution in Prussia, Hahndorf was named after the ship’s captain Hahn, whilst dorf is German for village. We then visit The Cedars, the house and studio of renowned artist Hans Heysen.
DAY 12 Monday 11 November, 2024 Day at Sea
A day at sea to explore the fabulous facilities of this magnificent ship. This afternoon join Jim for his presentation – The Vandemonian History of Victoria
DAY 13 Tuesday 12 November, 2024 Melbourne
This morning we arrive in Melbourne and have a tour of the city. Melbourne, which was originally going to be named Batmania, after founding father John Batman. We visit the famed MCG and the Australian Sports museum. We then visit the CBD where we see some of the famed laneways that now contain art, modern bars and cafes. In addition we see the exciting and controversial Docklands precinct. In the afternoon we will visit the National Gallery of Victoria to view the Australian Impressionism exhibit.featuring many of the iconic works for which the gallery is famous – in the Joseph Brown Collection. We then return to the ship
DAY 14 Wednesday 13 November, 2024 Day at Sea
A day at sea to explore the fabulous facilities of this magnificent ship. This afternoon join Jim for his presentation – The Amazing Life of Matthew Flinders
DAY 15 Thursday 14 November, 2024 Hobart
Today we call into the city of Hobart. We will visit Constitution Dock, Salamanca Place, the Tasmanian Maritime Museum and the Allport collection of nationally significant Tasmanian colonial paintings, furniture and colonial artefacts. Then Battery Point, on to Cascade Brewery and Mount Wellington.
DAY 16 Friday 15 November, 2024 Port Arthur
Today Jim will take us to visit the Port Arthur Historic Site. It is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site. With over 30 historic buildings to discover across 40 hectares, Port Arthur offers the most insightful look into the early convict history of Tasmania. We then visit the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park where we meet some notoriously bad-tempered and increasingly rare marsupials.
DAY 17 Saturday 16 November, 2024 Day at Sea
A day at sea to explore the fabulous facilities of this magnificent ship. This afternoon join Jim for another fun talk on interesting aspects of Australian history. Today Jim will present on Sydney’s Amazing True History.
DAY 18 Sunday 17 November, 2024 Sydney
This morning we arrive into Sydney and disembark the ship. The cruise concludes.
|Standard Inside Forward/Aft
|Standard Inside Aft
|Standard Inside Midships
|Deluxe Inside Midships
|Deluxe Inside Midships
|Deluxe Inside Midships
|Oceanview (deck 6 obstructed)
|Balcony Forward deck 4*
|Club Balcony Midships
|Club Balcony Midships
|Included port and handling charges
|Included cruise gratuities
Indian Pacific available from Sydney to Perth departing Sydney 23 October and arriving Perth 26 October. Gold Service from $3185 per person single and $3640 per person twin-share.
International touring can involve a considerable amount of walking and stair climbing in the places visited and it is important that all tour participants have a level of physical fitness that allows them to take part in this activity without the need of assistance from others.
Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour organiser. Queen Elizabeth is operated by Cunard Cruises and the cruise arrangements are subject to the terms and conditions and general information detailed in the 2024 brochure. All passengers must complete the cruise personaliser on the Cunard Cruise website and complete and sign the Travelrite International booking form
DEPOSIT AND PAYMENT:
A deposit of $900 per passenger should be sent with a completed Travelrite International booking form that lists your requested cabin category. As soon as the booking is confirmed, (usually within 24 hours), a cruise confirmation advice will be posted to the client. The confirmation advice will contain all details. Final payments are due to be paid to Travelrite International 90 days prior to the commencement of the fly/cruise. A 1.5% administration fee will be added to payments made by credit card.
Cancellation Charges:Number of days before departure.
|Days prior to Departure
|Over 90 days
|Loss of deposit
|90 - 61 days
|75% of full fare
|60 days or less
|100% of full fare
|Non appearance/no written notice
|100% of full fare
The cruise is based on arrangements which do not allow for any refunds in respect to sightseeing, accommodation, meals or other services not utilised after the tour has commenced.
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Adequate travel insurance is highly recommended to cover cruise members for the consequences of unforeseen events during the cruise and for cancellation fees which could result from events such as illness, accident, death etc.
Passengers qualify for 20kg free baggage allowance on flights to the cruise.
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“Had a great time. Well organised. Ship crew were fantastic. Tour Manager did a great job. Guides were good, and we had a very friendly group.”
“Tour Host was very personable, great lectures. Top class guides made all the difference.”