Three new destinations to visit with Cunard in 2020 - March 2018
2020 may seem a long way off, but it really does pay to book your holidays in advance where possible. With this in mind, Cunard is one of the many lines that have decided to unveil their new range of 2019 and 2020 sailings aboard the luxurious three queens. There are new itineraries available in regions around the world including the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Far East Asia.
As part of these exciting itineraries, Cunard will also feature ten maiden ports – taking passengers to an array of new and exciting destinations. From the golden landscapes of Australia to the icy cold Soviet cities of Russia, a journey with Cunard is one of discovery and exploration. This week, GoCruise takes a closer look at three of the most exciting ports that the Three Queens will visit for the first time between 2019 and 2020.
Cairns | Australia
When it comes to water sports and wildlife-spotting, Cairns is one of the first destinations that springs to mind when in Australia. The artificial lagoon offers an ideal place in which to soak up the sun and go for a swim, but those with a sense for adventure will love the variety of things to see and do. You can head out to the Great Barrier Reef and admire one of the most impressive natural landmarks on earth, while also doing a spot of whale watching along the way. You can even enjoy a sport of snorkelling and admire the coral reef up close.
Those who prefer to stay in land may prefer the surroundings of the Cairns Wildlife Dome, where it is possible to admire species including parrots, koalas, rainforest wallabies, crocodiles, turtles, pythons and much more. The most daring of visitors will certainly be excited by the prospect of partaking in a spot of bungee jumping. Head to the rainforest, where you will discover a 50-metre tower that enables you to jump into the canopies and dip your head in the cold stream.
Fukuoka | Japan
Fukuoka is one of the most modern cities of Japan, while also proving to sizeable and easy to get around. If you are looking for a general overview of everything there is to see and do in the city, you can head to the top of Fukuoka Tower and admire the fabulous views. Alternatively, you can head to the rooftop garden of the ACROS building and enjoy a more relaxing setting.
There are many parks worth exploring, but the most impressive of these is Nishi Park, which is renowned for its quiet walking trails and more than 3,000 brightly-coloured cherry trees. While Fukuoka is a modern city, the Gion area offers an insight into the region’s culture and history. There are many Buddhist temples and shrines worth visiting including the 8th century Kushida Shrine; Tochoji – famous for its 10 metre-tall wooden Great Buddha; and Shofukuji – Japan’s first Zen temple. Fukuoka is also famous for ramen and it is well worth taking the time to go and admire the many establishments that cater to the hungry locals or even try some for yourself.
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk | Russia
You would be forgiven for never having heard of the Russian city of Yuzhno Sakhalinsk, which is situated on an island just to the north of Japan. Arriving into the port of Korsakov, Cunard will operate a number of tours that will enable you to visit the heavily-Soviet-influenced city. There are many concrete block buildings that are reminiscent of this era, but it is also worth pointing out the small number of Japanese-inspired buildings. Previously known as Toyohara, the city became part of Japan after the Russo-Japanese War, but was later transferred back to Russia after WWII.
There are many buildings of interest including a number of art museums, a railway museum and a museum offering an insight into the region. You will also find a theatre and the relaxing Gagarin Park – a 220-acre site which makes for a pleasant stroll. On selected days, there is also a regional market, where you can gain an insight into the local culture and buy some souvenirs to take home.
A cruise offers one of the best ways to see the world and Cunard’s range of maiden ports opens up a new selection of possibilities. Not only this, but Cunard offers a chance to see the world in luxurious style, with traditionally-decorated ships offering the perfect base within which to relax. For more information about the full range of sailings available with Cunard in 2020, contact GoCruise via freephone: 0800 121 8250 or complete the online enquiry form.