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Hometown: Melbourne, Australia
Joined: 04/07/2014
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About LifeInCamelot

Cruising is my favourite way of travel as I love taking my hotel with me (and my husband) to all the destinations and I simply love writing about my travels, old and new. I have a blog where I write my cruising stories too -



Cruiseline: Cunard

Ship: Celebrity Solstice

LifeInCamelot's Past Cruises

Queen Elizabeth

January 2016 - Queen Elizabeth to World Cruise

2 sectors of the Queen Elizabeth world cruise (Melbourne to Hong Kong) 2016

I have just returned from completing 2 sectors of the world cruise on Cunard's Queen Elizabeth.  We boarded in Melbourne, which was a bit of luxury in itself as we usually fly to overseas destinations to board the Cunard cruises.


Seeing parts of Australia was not bad, although I just used the ports to visit friends, however the least impressive part of this leg of the journey was the number of drunken, rude Australians who were on board with us.  (I should add that I am Australian, which is why is was all the more mortifying for us).


Many of the ports were maiden calls for this ship so we were warmly welcomed at various ports, including Newcastle where I was interviewed on ABC breakfast radio (by a dear friend) about the trip. 


The highlight of the trip were the many Asian ports, including Nagasaki and Hiroshima, where supremely professional and moving performances were put on for us by the locals when we were departing.  It was also a bonus to see Rabaul, New Guinea and I was surprised and impressed with the Philippines and South Korea as well.




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Queen Mary 2

December 2014 - Queen Mary 2 to Caribbean

Celebrity Solstice

December 2013 - Celebrity Solstice to South Pacific - Australia

Queen Elizabeth

March 2012 - Queen Elizabeth to World Cruise

Queen Victoria

October 2010 - Queen Victoria to Europe - Mediterranean

Queen Victoria

January 2010 - Queen Victoria to World Cruise

Queen Mary 2

May 2009 - Queen Mary 2 to Transatlantic

Queen Mary 2

April 2009 - Queen Mary 2 to Transatlantic

LifeInCamelot's Tips

Cebu, Philippines - We didn't get here as Cunard decided it wasn't safe but we were never given further details. We went to Puerta Princesa instead.
Queen Elizabeth Queen Elizabeth - We actually travelled on 2 sectors of the World Cruise - 42 nights - and apart from an incident with a mentally ill relative the trip was marvellous. We met people we had travelled with on Cunard previously and met new friends who happen to live close by in Australia, with whom we keep in touch.

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