Sporting Greats & Wellness Voyage 2024

Cunard’s inaugural Sporting Greats & Wellness Voyage offers you a wonderful opportunity to celebrate some of Australia’s most popular sports stars and stay active on board with our fitness and dance classes.

13 - 20 February 2024, Queen Elizabeth

Celebrate your love of sport with some of Australia’s most iconic sporting superstars, on this inaugural Sporting Greats & Wellness Voyage in 2024.

During candid live talks, guests will relive edge-of-your-seat career moments, find out what it takes to be a top-flight athlete at the peak of your game and hear exceptional behind-the-scenes stories from the world of sport. Off stage, these iconic sports stars will be more approachable than ever during unique, intimate activities on board and ashore.

Over the course of the seven-night sailing, guests can fully immerse themselves in the world of wellness, with daily complimentary movement classes such as yoga, Pilates, spinning, boot camp, Zumba, ballroom dancing, chairobics, fencing and stretching. Sessions in the thermal suite and meditation classes will cater to resetting the body and mind, and breathing workshops will detail the theory of how breath influences the body before a full ice bath.

This week-long voyage from Sydney, visiting Tasmania and Melbourne, will feature interactive Q&A and panel sessions, tailored onboard entertainment and activities. as well as bespoke themed Shore Experiences*. Guests on board Queen Elizabeth's Sporting Greats & Wellness Voyage will have the opportunity to meet outstanding athletes and take away fresh and inspiring views from living legends.

*Additional charges apply. Spots for some experiences are limited and are required to be pre-booked via My Cunard prior to sailing to avoid disappointment. Terms and conditions apply.

Special guests on board

Brett Lee

Brett Lee is a former Australian international cricketer and fast bowler who became a cult legend in all three formats of the game. Recognised as having one of the fastest deliveries of all time, Brett played a key part in the dominant era of Australian cricket in the 2000s, featuring in the Australia team that won the 2003 World Cup. Retiring in January 2015, Brett now plays a major role in cricketing media worldwide and has several business and philanthropic interests.

Brett Lee will delight Queen Elizabeth’s guests with entertaining stories about his career as one of the country’s most skilled cricketers, and share insights into cricket and his life after his sporting career.

Adam Goodes

Adnyamathanha man, indigenous community leader and former professional footballer Adam Goodes played for the Sydney Swans in the Australian Football League (AFL) and was a dual Brownlow medallist. He was named Australian of the Year in 2014, in recognition of his tireless community work in addition to his sporting achievements.

Adam Goodes will participate in a fireside chat hosted by sports presenter Mark Beretta where Adam will be talking about his career, what drives and inspires him and the projects he is currently working on.

Karrie Webb AO

Karrie Webb AO is Australia’s most successful female professional golfer, winning seven career majors and 41 LPGA tour titles, as well as 13 Australian, 15 European and 3 Japanese events at the time of her induction to the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2022.

Karrie will take the stage to share her story, insights from the world of golfing and provide the audience with useful tips on how to improve their game. She will join the other sporting greats on stage for a panel discussion about the Australian sports world, current trends and upcoming events.

Mark Beretta

Mark Beretta is best known as the Sports Presenter on ‘Sunrise’ on Australia's Channel 7. He has hosted multiple Olympic and Commonwealth Games, Supercars, Australian Open Tennis, the Sydney-Hobart yacht race and much more. Mark’s connection to sport goes all the way back to his days as a former 10-time Australian water ski champion.

Mark will share his own stories of Australian sporting history and anecdotes from behind the scenes of the world of sports and interview his fellow sporting icons to share their remarkable stories. Guests can join the cycling and motorsport enthusiast on a bespoke sport-themed Shore Experience.

Dr Joanna McMillan

PhD-qualified nutrition scientist and accredited practising dietitian Dr Joanna McMillan is one of Australia’s most trusted health and wellbeing experts. A regular on TV, Jo most recently appeared as a host on ABC’s flagship science show Catalyst: Beating Diabetes and series Gut Revolution.

Jo has a natural ability to translate complex science into simple, everyday messages that engage and educate. Covering topics within nutrition, diet and lifestyle, the gut, and the brain, Jo’s goal is to inspire individuals and give them research-backed information to embrace a healthy, active and happier lifestyle. With a passion for answering the tough questions surrounding diet, health and nutrition, Dr Joanna McMillan is the perfect addition to the sailing.

Professor Luigi Fontana

Wellness expert Professor Luigi Fontana MD PhD, FRACP, is an internationally recognised, award-winning physician scientist in the field of nutrition and healthy longevity in humans, with a focus on calorie restriction, endurance exercise and metabolism. His pioneering clinical studies on the effects of dietary restriction have opened up a new area of nutrition-related research that holds tremendous promise for the prevention of age-related chronic diseases.

Professor Fontana published the books The Path to Longevity in 2020 and Manual of Healthy Longevity & Wellbeing in 2023. His research findings and work have been quoted in major media outlets around the globe, such as The New York Times, The Washington Post and the BBC.

Amanda McLaren

Amanda is the only child of Bruce McLaren – former F1 race car driver and founder of McLaren racing. She is a Brand Ambassador for McLaren Racing, McLaren Automotive, a Trustee of the Bruce McLaren Trust and Patron of the Women’s Motor Racing Associates Club (“The Doghouse”) and of Motorsport Endeavour. Amanda resides in New Zealand and was born in London in a house called Muriwai, named after the beach in New Zealand, where her father won his first race. As a Registered Nurse, Amanda started her career in the Operating Theatre before more senior roles in management and education. She sat on New Zealand nursing and resuscitation advisory boards prior to working with McLaren Automotive.

Activities on this voyage

On this unique voyage, guests can delight in exceptional sporting and wellness experiences, on board and ashore:
  • Legendary cricketer and commentator Brett Lee will meet and greet guests at Queen Elizabeth’s Golden Lion pub for a yarn and a cold beverage.
  • Adam Goodes is looking forward to getting up close with guests during a sporting activity on board. During a talk, he will share insights about his fantastic career and the projects he has been working on lately.
  • Guests with an interest in golf have the opportunity to learn first-hand from Australia’s most successful female golfer Karrie Webb during a golf clinic on board.
  • TV sports presenter Mark Beretta will share some of his most exceptional behind-the-scenes stories from the world of sport.

  • During live talks and Q&A sessions, health and wellness experts, Dr Joanna McMillan and Professor Luigi Fontana will take an holistic approach when educating guests about health, exercise and nutrition, and how their interplay can result in a longer life.
  • Join Brett Lee during a cricket-themed shore excursion, or racing enthusiast Mark Beretta on a behind-the-scenes tour of Melbourne’s Formula 1 Grand Prix ground.
  • Golfers on board will be able to swing their clubs at some of Australia’s most prestigious and scenic golf courses, including NSW Golf Club in Sydney, Royal Hobart Golf Club and Tasman Golf Club in Port Arthur.


Fitness and wellness on board

On your voyage aboard Queen Elizabeth, you'll have access to a variety of facilities to help you maintain an active and healthy lifestyle.