CruiseCunard marks Christmas Down Under with a sky spectacular

Super drone show greets Queen Elizabeth

Sixty drones flew over the Queen Elizabeth at the Port of Melbourne.
Sixty drones flew over the Queen Elizabeth at the Port of Melbourne.

MELBOURNE - Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth has been met with a dazzling aerial light show featuring 60 illuminated drones soaring above Port Melbourne to mark the ship’s first Christmas voyage from Australia. 

Melbourne’s first-ever Drone Show saw perfectly synchronised drones fly up to 100 metres above Queen Elizabeth for an eight-minute performance. 

Controlled by a team of five operators, the aerial display combined Christmas and maritime themes featuring seven colourful animated formations including Christmas tree, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and a ship and anchor. The light show finished with a drone firework and the word Cunard.


Cunard Australia’s commercial director Katrina McAlpine said the impressive display was a great prelude to Queen Elizabeth’s first Christmas Down Under and her longest ever home porting in Melbourne.

Melbourne is Queen Elizabeth’s main Australian home port this summer season, with the luxury ship making eight visits to the city taking more than 16,000 passengers on voyages to southern Australia and New Zealand between December 2019 and February 2020. 


At 90,900 tonnes, Queen Elizabeth is the second largest ship ever to sail in Cunard’s fleet. She is home to just over 2,000 guests and 1,000 crew and features more than 10 restaurants and cafés, a Games Deck including paddle tennis, croquet and bowls, a two-storey library, a ballroom and the Royal Court Theatre.

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