Great Australian Culinary Voyage



per person
Duration: 10 Nights
Destination: Melbourne, VIC
Region: Australia/ New Zealand
Deal Code: PAR1Y9A




Setting sail in January 2024, Cunard’s Great Australian Culinary Voyage offers you a wonderful opportunity to indulge in your love of food and wine while enjoying a summer cruise on Queen Elizabeth.

This special sailing highlights all aspects of Australia’s unique culinary offerings. Guests will be able to taste exceptional dishes, learn about Indigenous ingredients, sample beautiful Australian drops and immerse themselves in the local food scene on bespoke Shore Experiences.  

Your Fly, Stay & Cruise Package Includes:

  • $500 flight credit per person
  • 3 nights 4-star accommodation in Melbourne
  • Melbourne: A Foodie’s Guide to Footscray - Private Tour
  • Multicultural Markets of Melbourne - Half-Day Tour
  • 7 night Great Australian Culinary Voyage onboard Queen Elizabeth, Melbourne return
  • All onboard meals in complimentary dining venues & selected non-alcoholic beverages
  • A wide range of onboard activities & entertainment
  • Select private transfers in Melbourne

Pricing is per person twin share and based on travel 02-12 January 2024

Solo traveller pricing available. Please speak to one of our travel consultants for more details

Following on from Cunard’s inaugural Great Australian Culinary Voyage in 2023, one of Australia’s most celebrated female chefs, Karen Martini will headline the next edition of this epicurean extravaganza and tantalise your taste buds.

Some of Australia’s most coveted chefs, producers and food critics will shine the spotlight on Australia’s culinary uniqueness and diversity. Exclusive dishes created by talented Australian food icons will make this an unmissable experience for all food enthusiasts.

**Please note that some on board experiences have limited spaces; we advise you book online via My Cunard early to avoid disappointment. Bookings will open closer to the voyage departure date**

Special Guests Onboard:

Karen Martini

Karen Martini is an award-winning chef, restaurateur, TV presenter and author who owns and runs Hero, a Melbourne restaurant that showcases her love of global cuisines and great, seasonal Victorian produce. Karen hosts regular segments on Australia’s most-watched lifestyle TV show, Better Homes & Gardens, and has recently released her eleventh cookbook, COOK, to rave reviews.

Karen will take over the Steakhouse at the Verandah dining venue* and create a unique and exclusive degustation menu*, and deliver a three-course menu for Queen Elizabeth's main dining room, Britannia Restaurant. During talks and panel discussions, Karen will give insights into her career, and share stories about Australian food culture.

Darren Purchese

Darren Purchese is one of the most respected pastry chefs in Australia today, renowned for his exquisite and extravagant sweet creations. The owner and creator of Melbourne’s B&P Sweet Studio is a natural host and accomplished public speaker, notably appearing on TV for MasterChef Australia and The Great Australian Bake Off.

The pastry chef extraordinaire returns to Queen Elizabeth to celebrate an exclusive selection of sweet delights and put a twist on Cunard’s famous Afternoon Tea*, featuring his tasty 'Glamingtons' cakes, gin and tonic scones, and more. Darren will reveal tricks of the trade during a cookery demonstration and talk, and for eager foodies, he will host a tantalising culinary tour* of his hometown, Melbourne.

Mark Olive

Mark Olive aka ‘The Black Olive’ has been a chef for over 30 years, and has established himself as an Australian food icon through his work with Australian Indigenous and native ingredients. Mark has starred in TV series ‘The Outback Cafe’ and has been a host on popular shows including SBS’s ‘A Chef’s Line’ and ‘On Country Kitchen’.

Legendary chef Mark Olive returns to Queen Elizabeth's culinary voyage to once again put the spotlight on native Australian ingredients when taking over one of the ship’s restaurants for bespoke dinners*. Mark will also take to the stage for insightful live talks and interactive culinary demonstrations, offering guests a unique opportunity to learn about native Australian cooking first-hand.

Gary Mehigan

One of Australia’s most loved TV presenters, chefs and cookbook authors, Gary Mehigan will join Cunard’s culinary voyage line-up for the first time. He is best known for his role as a former judge and co-host of MasterChef Australia.

On board Queen Elizabeth, he will share insights about his long and successful career, as well as his passion for travel, culture and food. Gary will host live cooking demonstrations, as well as several insightful sessions with fellow culinary royalty.

Katie Spain

Katie Spain is one of Australia’s leading drinks experts, writers and journalists. She is the national drinks writer for GOOD FOOD, feature writer for Australia’s Wine Business Magazine, and South Australia state editor for Gourmet Traveller.

Her expertise will shine through when educating guests on everything worth knowing about the latest wine and drinks trends during exclusive masterclasses* and a tailored shore excursion* in one of South Australia's award-winning wine regions.

*Additional charges apply. This experience is not included in the cruise fare and must be booked via My Cunard prior to sailing. Terms and conditions apply.

More special guests will be announced soon.

Cruise Itinerary:





05 Jan 24

Melbourne, VIC


6.00 pm

06 Jan 24

At Sea



07 Jan 24

Adelaide, SA

7.00 am

6.00 pm

08 Jan 24

At Sea



09 Jan 24

At Sea



10 Jan 24

Hobart, TAS

8.00 am

9.00 pm

11 Jan 24

At Sea



12 Jan 24

Melbourne, VIC

7.00 am


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Terms & Conditions

Prices listed are per person in Australian/New Zealand Dollars, based on twin occupancy, including all discounts unless otherwise stated. The offer is subject to availability at time of booking and shown on the lowest inside category available at the time. Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice. Prices/Offers are correct as at 02 November 2023 and can be withdrawn without notice. Cabin categories include prepaid government fees and port taxes unless otherwise stated.  Hotels may charge resort fees not included in this package, payable direct upon check in. Visas are not included. Payments made by credit card will incur a surcharge. Guest speakers are confirmed to date, but may change at Cunard's discretion due to unforeseen circumstances.Some experiences are not included in the cruise fare and charges apply. Experiences must be booked via My Cunard prior to sailing. Spaces are limited and guests are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.On board charges, including those made on My Cunard, are in USD. Air credit is applicable on airline of choice, subject to availability and subject to the carriers’ flight schedules and conditions.