Great Australian Culinary Voyage (Jan 2024)

With guests Karen Martini, Gary Mehigan, Mark Olive, Darren Purchese & Katie Spain.
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    12 January 2024
  • Cruise Melbourne-Tasmania return with special guests Karen Martini, Gary Mehigan, Mark Olive, Darren Purchese and Katie Spain
  • U​p to USD$100 onboard credit per cabin
  • F​inal inside cabins, won't last long

On this unique Melbourne-Tasmania roundtrip, some of Australia’s most coveted chefs, producers and food critics will shine the spotlight on Australia’s culinary delights. Dine on exclusive dishes created by talented Australian food icons and come home full of inspiration!

Melbourne — Adelaide — Hobart — Melbourne
5 - 12 January 2024 on the Queen Elizabeth

The 7-night roundtrip from Melbourne, via Tasmania and South Australia, highlights all aspects of Australia’s unique culinary offerings on the second edition of the highly sought after Great Australian Culinary Voyage. The culinary experts will celebrate Australian produce and culinary excellence through engaging activities, including special interactive dining events, live talks and carefully curated experiences on board and ashore*

Special Guests:

Karen Martini will headline the culinary voyage in 2024.

Karen Martini is an award-winning chef, restaurateur, author, and television presenter and loves to showcase cuisines from all over the world. Karen hosts regular segments on Australia’s most-watched lifestyle TV show Better Homes & Gardens and has been a judge on cooking reality show My Kitchen Rules.

Karen Martini will take over Queen Elizabeth’s The Verandah Restaurant and create a unique and exclusive degustation menu. The Melbourne-based chef will also deliver a three-course menu for the ship’s main dining room, Britannia Restaurant. During talks and panel discussions, Karen will give insights into her career and tell her story about Australian produce and food culture.

D​arren 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.

M​ark 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.

G​ary 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 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.

S​tay tuned for more special guest announcements!


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Mark Olive, Darren Purchese, Gary Mehigan and Katie Spain will be joining headline chef Karen Martini to offer amazing tips and exclusive dishes.



Wherever you choose to discover, you'll find lots included in your fare. Well appointed accommodation, fine dining, fabulous entertainment and outstanding service, it's all included.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Traditional Afternoon Tea from 3.30pm to 4.30pm every day
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Gala Evenings
  • Room service available 24 hours a day
Your fare excludes:
  • A​irfares & Travel Insurance



5 - 12 January 2024 Melbourne Roundtrip

  • 5 Jan 2024 - Embark in Melbourne
  • 6 Jan 2024- At sea
  • 7 Jan 2024 - Adelaide
  • 8 & 9 Jan 2024 - At sea
  • 10 Jan 2024 - Hobart
  • 11 Jan 2024 - At sea
  • 12 Jan 2024 - Disembark in Melbourne

Dates and Prices


5 - 12 January 2024 Melbourne Roundtrip + up to USD$100 onboard credit per cabin*

  • Inside Stateroom from $1,759 pp twin share*

A​re you a solo traveller?

  • Inside Stateroom from $3,078 pp sole use*

Other cabin categories are sold out. Please call our travel team on 1300 414 198 to learn more and request a quote.

*Advertised fares are available until allocation is exhausted and prices may fluctuate during the campaign period without notice.


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Balcony Cabin

Your ship: Queen Elizabeth

Sail on the Queen Elizabeth and immerse yourself in her evocative art deco elegance. Our newest Queen exudes style and has an especially refined feel. Prepare yourself for a truly remarkable voyage.

Inside, Oceanview & Balcony Stateroom includes all of the following amenities:

  • Half a bottle of sparkling wine on arrival 
  • Fresh fruit on request
  • 24-hour room service
  • Nightly turndown service with chocolate
  • Satellite TV (with multi-language film and music channels)
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Refrigerator
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe
  • Daily shipboard programme
  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • Penhaligon's toiletries
  • 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets
  • Dining in the Britannia Restaurant.

Princess Grill Suite includes all of the exclusive amenities found in our Britannia Club staterooms and more:

  • Concierge service
  • Sparkling wine and chocolates on arrival
  • In-suite dining from the Princess Grill menu
  • Illy coffee machine
  • Soft velour robes and slippers
  • Personalised stationery
  • Atlas 
  • Priority embarkation
  • Queen Elizabeth: access to Courtyard, Grills Lounge and Grills Terrace

Queens Grill Suite includes all of the exclusive amenities found in our Princess Grill Suites and more:

  • Butler service 
  • Champagne and chocolates on arrival 
  • Pre-dinner canapes 
  • In-suite dining from the Queens Grill menu 
  • Complimentary bar (stocked with two bottles of wine or spirits of your choice and soft drinks) 
  • iPad (Queen Elizabeth Q1-Q2 Suites) 
  • Books and atlas 
  • Priority disembarkation 
  • Priority tender services (all ships Q1-Q4 Suites) 





Travel at 60 and supplier booking conditions apply.

Guest speakers are confirmed to date, but may change at Cunard’s discretion due to unforeseen circumstances.

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

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