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This Queen Elizabeth cruise takes in Australia’s greatest gardens

TV gardening personalities, exclusive private gardens and more on this Cunard voyage.

With international borders shut at the moment, domestic travel is the name of the game. This Queen Elizabeth cruise ticks two incredible boxes, cruising and gardening.

The 10-day garden-themed cruise will be hosted by horticulturalist, gardening writer and radio presenter Judy Horton. The itinerary includes stops in Sydney, Hobart, Burnie, Melbourne and Eden. While in each port, guests will visit gardens normally closed to the public.

Cruise host Judy Horton in her garden

Gardening and so much more aboard Queen Elizabeth

Of course, the onboard program will feature Australian garden royalty. TV presenter and garden designer Jamie Durie, horticulturalists Sarah Hamilton and Steve Falcioni, and some of Australia’s leading gardening writers and editors will make appearances throughout the cruise.

The entertainment program will include gardening trivia, alongside the more regular craft and cooking classes.

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Cunard, the company that owns the Queen Elizabeth, has suspended all operations on the ship until 25 March next year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

When the company starts cruising again, it will only visit Australia and New Zealand.

Cunard runs the garden-themed 10-day Queen Elizabeth cruise with Botanica World Discoveries. This travel company focuses on “botanical and sightseeing activities,” according to its website. Other Botanica tours include guided garden tours in New Zealand, Asia, Europe and America.

The Queen Elizabeth garden cruise is priced from $6,995 per person, twin share. More information at Botanica World Discoveries.

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