Regal visitor to the region

Busselton Dunsborough Times
Cunard Queen Elizabeth.
Camera IconCunard Queen Elizabeth. Credit: Steve Dunlop

The newest Queen in the Cunard fleet of ocean liners will make her maiden voyage to Geographe Bay this week.

Constructed in Italy at a cost of about $560 million, the almost 300m-long Queen Elizabeth has a capacity of 2547 passengers and 1253 crew.

The visit is part of a 38-day cruise from Southampton in the UK to Melbourne and will see the Queen drop anchor at about 7am on Tuesday.

Tender vessels will then bring the the ship’s visitors ashore, where they will be greeted by markets, live music and volunteer hosts.

Queen Elizabeth can be viewed in the bay until 6pm that night.

Cruise ships are expected to bring more than 17,000 passengers and 8000 crew to Busselton during the 2018-19 cruise ship season, pumping millions into the local economy.

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