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Stargaze mid-Atlantic, meet acclaimed speakers and take part in VIP experiences as Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 sails from New York to Southampton.
Cunard today announces its flagship liner, Queen Mary 2, will offer an extraordinary transatlantic crossing to coincide with International World Space Week in October 2017.
To celebrate this international event, Cunard has curated a bespoke voyage which will take guests on an exceptional journey across the Atlantic, featuring a range of space themed experiences including talks from renowned space exploration experts including:
• Dr Jeffrey Hoffman, NASA Astronaut, Scientist and former Shuttle Pilot
• Charles Barclay from the Royal Astronomical Society
• Stephen Attenborough, Commercial Director of Virgin Galactic
• Ken MacTaggart, NASA Historian
Taking place every year on 4th - 10th October since its United Nations declaration in 1999, World Space Week has grown into the largest public space event on Earth. More than 1,800 events in 73 countries celebrated the wonders of space exploration in 2015.
Following a recent remastering in the region of £90 million, Queen Mary 2 will become part of this global celebration of space in 2017. As well as the featured speakers, guests will be able to visit the world’s only planetarium at sea, a spectacular venue with an impressive dome that takes guests on virtual journeys into the stars as they recline and enjoy the magnificent three dimensional shows.
The sheer size and expanse of Queen Mary 2’s outside deck space also affords guests the opportunity to take a look for themselves and star gaze from the unique vantage point of the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
To enhance this unique at sea experience, Cunard is also offering Queen Mary 2’s guests a VIP pre-voyage tour of the Hayden Planetarium and the Rose Center for Space at the American Museum of Natural History followed by a VIP tour of the Intrepid Museum of Air, Sea and Space in New York. Upon arrival into the UK, there is a tailor-made package available including a two-night stay and a tour of the Royal Observatory in Greenwich.
Angus Struthers, Director, Cunard said, “The universe, space and space exploration captures the imagination like few other subjects. Whether you’re an avid astronomer or have ever wondered ‘what’s out there?’ this very special voyage will prove highly memorable as you sail on Cunard’s iconic Queen Mary 2 across the Atlantic.”
Multi-million pound investment refurbishes the world’s only transatlantic ocean liner
Cunard’s flagship liner Queen Mary 2 will set sail this month on her first voyage following an investment in the region of £90 million, one of the most significant refurbishments undertaken by the world’s most famous passenger shipping line, now marking 176 years in existence.
On 23rd June the remastered liner will sail into Southampton Water flanked by fleet royalty Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria, to be greeted by a host of high-profile guests. The vessel will then set sail for New York, continuing her schedule of iconic Transatlantic crossings, a unique journey that has been enjoyed across the decades by famous personalities from the Golden Age of Ocean travel including Audrey Hepburn, Clarke Gable and Winston Churchill to political figures and luminaries of today such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, President George H.W. Bush, film maker Wes Anderson, actress Tilda Swinton, James Taylor, and many others.
The luxury liner has been lovingly remastered with new contemporary interior designs and guest experiences, many of which take inspiration from the original Queen Mary which launched at the height of the art-deco movement in the 1930s. Cunard’s investment, marking 80 years since the original liner launched, has ensured every detail from the carpets to the curtains recalls that iconic vessel which became a symbol of British elegance.
The remastering features:
• Redesign and refurbishment of the Queens Grill and Princess Grill suites and restaurants, as well as Britannia staterooms, the latter to be fully complete by the end of the year
• The addition of 30 further Britannia Club staterooms, 15 Britannia single staterooms and five Britannia inside staterooms
• Redesign of key public spaces and restaurants, including the transformation of the former Winter Garden into the Carinthia Lounge, the introduction of The Verandah as the ship’s new speciality restaurant, and the complete refresh and restructuring of the Kings Court, the ship’s popular buffet area
• 10 additional kennels, complete with a lamp post from Liverpool and a fire hydrant from New York to make dogs feel at home in the world’s only transatlantic kennel service
• And as befitting the flagship of the Cunard fleet, a complete repaint of the ship exterior and significant technical enhancements and structural changes
Over one million man hours has gone in to the refurbishment, over a 25 day period, 55,200 square metres of luxurious new carpets (the equivalent of 10 football pitches) has been laid, 4,000 new framed pictures have been brought on board and over 15,000 litres of paint have been applied to the ship’s hull - are just a few examples of the sheer size and scale of these refurbishments.
The essence of Queen Mary 2 lies in allowing guests to lose themselves in a world of glamour, timeless sophistication and luxury. Alongside brand new dining experiences, guests can sample the delights of the world’s finest wine cellar at sea, with a unique collection of 486 fine wines and a stunning collection of Ports, dating back to 1840.
This modern icon also plays host to some of the finest quintessential British and international brands with an exclusive co-branded travel collection from Aspinal of London and sought after Cartier products available for guests to purchase whilst on board.
The Queen Mary 2 experience is revered for its exceptional crew – in its 176 year history Cunard has seen seven of its Commodores knighted, an honour no other shipping company can claim. On board Queen Mary 2 today the level of expertise and tradition is not forgotten, with highly trained and attentive staff, all graduates from the ship's White Star Service Academy. From skilled personal butlers and concierge teams of the Cunard Grills to the teams of sommeliers and waiting staff across the breadth of dining venues – all are ready to cater for the needs of every guest.
Simon Palethorpe, Senior Vice-President, Cunard said: “Cunard’s passion for delivering a service and experience that both meets and exceeds guest’s expectations is transforming the way we travel by sea. Remastering Queen Mary 2 honours the heritage and iconic status of our magnificent ship to take our passengers forward into a new era of ocean travel.”
Quintessentially British premium lifestyle brands collaborate on board the majestically remastered Queen Mary 2.
On board Cunard’s newly rejuvenated flagship Queen Mary 2, passengers will soon be able to enjoy a unique and indulgent retail experience with the partnership of Cunard and high-end lifestyle brand Aspinal of London.
Guests will delight in an exclusive and elegant collection created and produced in the distinctive Aspinal of London design, effortlessly balancing contemporary fashion with practicality, with a superior quality that is reflective of the luxurious Cunard experience.
The co-branded Cunard and Aspinal collection on board will feature one of Aspinal’s most iconic items, their refillable travel journal, ideal for the Cunard passenger in mind.
Alongside the exquisite co-branded travel collection, the Aspinal range of women’s designer handbags and purses, men’s wallets and luxury leather gifts are available. From vibrant bold colours to neutral tones there will be something to suit the tastes of all passengers.
To celebrate the partnership between the brands even further, Aspinal will have the luxurious and affordable Pegasus Collection on board, to coincide with the first QM2 Transatlantic fashion themed crossing to New York, which takes place the first week of September. The arrival of the QM2 in to New York coincides with start of New York Fashion Week 2016, with the ship sailing past The Statue of Liberty arriving that morning. Aspinal will have their global exclusive launch of Pegasus this August with Harrods, after which the range will be available as an exclusive on board QM2 for the duration of the Transatlantic crossing to New York. Harrods and the QM2 will be the only two places to buy the range until QM2 arrives in New York at the end of transatlantic fashion week.
Aspinal’s Pegasus Collection is created with award-winning graphic artist Emma Shipley and feature an ethereal pearl white Pegasus figure, surrounded by hand drawn constellations, planets and galaxies. The beautiful Pegasus designs are digitally printed onto key bag silhouettes and silk, twill and cashmere.
Angus Struthers, Director, Cunard said: “We are delighted to collaborate with such a prestigious brand, Aspinal of London. The exclusive elegant travel collection for Cunard is reflective of both the luxurious Cunard experience, Aspinal’s timeless craftsmanship and inspired by two iconic brands. Guests who purchase this classic piece will now take home not only an extraordinary experience onboard the Queen Mary 2, but an exquisite memento of their journey at sea.”
Mariya Dykalo, Creative Director, Aspinal of London added: “We are really excited to be partnering with Cunard who share our love of style and travel. Our co-branded collection is exclusive to Cunard and only available on their ships, which makes the collaboration even more special.”
Delight in the finest collection of wines aboard the majestically remastered Queen Mary 2 and experience the exclusivity of The Cunard Wine Academy
On board Cunard’s newly rejuvenated flagship Queen Mary 2, passengers will now be able to indulge in a unique collection of 450 fine wines, including the highly sought after California Screaming Eagle at $4,500 per bottle, which is to be served by the glass for the very first time.
Additionally a unique collection of vintage port wines, the only assortment of its kind in the world, has been specially assembled to join the enhanced wine cellar. The 46 different vintage ports, each produced in a key year of Cunard's 176-year history, will form part of a specially commissioned permanent display in the new Carinthia Lounge. This is being created as part of the ship's major 25 day refit this June that befits the status of the world’s only ocean liner.
Guests on board the luxurious Queen Mary 2 can now experience The Cunard Wine Academy, an all sensory experience of food and wine pairings, tastings and producer master classes for the appreciation of even the most advanced wine graduate. Graduates of The Cunard Wine Academy will receive the Wines and Spirits Education Trust Levels 1 & 2 examinations on board.
To enhance guests’ enjoyment of the elegant wines without compromising the quality, the introduction of the new Coravin™ wine pouring system used on board, uses a needle to extract the desired quantity of wine required from a bottle.
Angus Struthers, Cunard Director says: “Our new fine wines, together with our unique port collection inspired by Cunard’s history, epitomise our craftsmanship. The Cunard Wine Academy offers even more to our guests than just an unforgettable journey - it pairs Cunard’s extraordinary experience aboard the Queen Mary 2 Remastered with the finest wine cellar at sea.”
Cunard’s Head of Fine Wines Anthony Habert says: “Our sommeliers together with our suppliers have searched the world for exciting new additions to Cunard's famous wine list. We’re proud that we can offer a wine to compliment every palate and occasion.”
Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 will pay homage to one of the world’s greatest Hollywood icons this August, showcasing highlights from the largest privately owned Marilyn Monroe collection.
Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 will pay homage to one of the world’s greatest Hollywood icons this August, showcasing highlights from the largest privately owned Marilyn Monroe collection on the line’s signature Transatlantic Crossing, 9-16 August 2016.
Celebrity auction house Julien’s Auctions will showcase highlights from David Gainsborough-Roberts’ renowned Marilyn Monroe Collection, the world’s largest collection of film-worn Marilyn Monroe costumes, on board Cunard’s flagship ocean liner for passengers to view and purchase. The collection, comprised of film costumes, personal gowns and clothing, jewellery, property owned by Monroe, and original photographs and film posters, is the most substantial Marilyn Monroe archive of professional and personal items that exists today.
“We are honoured to have the opportunity to sail across the Atlantic on board Cunard's Queen Mary 2 with this prestigious Marilyn Monroe collection and share it with the passengers on this voyage,” said Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien’s Auctions.
“For as long as I can remember, Marilyn has been a part of my life and over many years I have built up my own private Marilyn Collection,” said David Gainsborough Roberts, owner of the largest private collection of Monroe's dresses. “It is now time for me to share this with the world, which I am proud to dedicate to her name on this year of her 90th Birthday Anniversary.”
On the eight-night, eastbound Transatlantic Crossing, departing out of New York, guests will enjoy:
• A daily, rotating exhibition of Marilyn Monroe memorabilia
• Exclusive opportunity to bid on choice items in advance of the general auction in November
• Q&A with Julien’s Auctions executives Darren Julien, Founder and CEO, and Martin Nolan, Executive Director
• Q&A with David Gainsborough-Robert
• Personal appearance and photo opportunity with famed Monroe impersonator Suzie Kennedy as Marilyn Monroe
Cunard Marketing Director, Angus Struthers, said:
“We are proud to offer our guests this exclusive opportunity to view this one-of-a-kind collection from the incomparable life of Marilyn Monroe on board our own unrivalled ocean liner, Queen Mary 2.”
The Marilyn Monroe Collection, which is touring the world before the auction in November, offers film worn costumes which cover an extensive portion of Marilyn’s acting career. From Niagara to Some Like It Hot, seven of Marilyn’s most notable films are represented with many created by award-winning designers and well known costumers of Hollywood.
Queen Mary 2 will have just come out of her 25-day dry dock Remastering, introducing new designs and guest experiences including the redesign of the Princess and Queens Grills staterooms and restaurants, new dining venues and lounges, and expansion of the only kennels at sea.
Since 1922 Cunard Line has undertaken more World Voyages and taken more passengers around the globe than any other shipping line and is the undisputable world voyage expert.
In the first half of 2018, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth will continue this great maritime tradition. Queen Elizabeth embarks on a classic full world circumnavigation and the flagship Queen Mary 2 will complete a grand East-West voyage.
Meanwhile, Queen Victoria will undertake two Cunard firsts: a round-trip voyage from Southampton that’s between two to three months in duration and a circumnavigation of South America.
Of course, not everyone has the time to partake in a full World Voyage. The excitement of exploring an exotic part of the world is still possible though. From January until May 2018 the three Queens offer the opportunity to explore ports in far-flung destinations, with Exotic Cruises lasting between five and 53-nights. This allows guests to choose an area of the world to experience, perhaps with few days at the beginning or end of their cruise to really delve into an iconic city.
Angus Struthers, Cunard Director, says:
“Having invented world cruising in 1922 and having since undertaken more world cruises – carrying more passengers around the world – than any other Cunard’s world cruise experience is simply unparalleled. If you choose to sail the world on a Cunard ship, not only will you visit great ports but enjoy the thrill of warm welcomes and farewells Cunard ships attract at every port. A World Cruise is an experience but making that World Cruise a Cunard experience is the stuff of legend!”
2018 Exotic Cruises and World Voyages in numbers.
• 4 leisurely months – the duration of Queen Mary 2’s and Queen Elizabeth’s Full World Voyage.
• 75 nights – the length of Queen Victoria’s brand new South American Discovery.
• 46 countries around the world will welcome the three Queens.
• 93 unique ports of call.
• 17 maiden ports of call, including nine where Cunard has never called before. Highlights include:
• Kochi, Japan
• Dunedin, New Zealand
• Salvador, Brazil
• Callao, Peru (for tours to Lima).
12 overnight stays in some of the world’s most interesting cities.
77 different UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be visited.
Over 97,000 nautical miles will be covered by the three Queens.
Queen Mary 2 World Voyage.
Queen Mary 2’s East-West voyage allows for full immersion in destinations in Australia and New Zealand. Experience lesser-known destinations such as Margaret River or Kangaroo Island and witness the magnificent scenery of New Zealand’s South Island. On departure from Australia Queen Mary 2 will visit Malaysia, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Thailand, allowing access to a wide array of exotic Asian cultures. On her return leg, the Cunard flagship will make a call to Aqaba for the ancient site of Petra before transiting the Suez Canal and calling at the classic Mediterranean destinations of Rome and Barcelona.
• Full World Voyage: 120-nights.
• Sailing over 36,000 nautical miles
• 45 ports
• 23 countries
• Two maiden calls: Dunedin (New Zealand) and Tauranga (New Zealand).
• Overnight stays in Cape Town, Hong Kong and Dubai.
• Eight evenings in port: Port Elizabeth (South Africa), Fremantle (Australia), Melbourne (Australia), Sydney (Australia), Auckland (New Zealand), Langkawi (Malaysia) and Aqaba (Jordan).
• Transits of the Suez Canal and Messina Straits
• Iconic city waterfronts: Cape Town, Sydney, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
• 35 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Queen Elizabeth World Voyage.
Queen Elizabeth offers guests the chance to experience the classic world voyage, a western circumnavigation of the globe featuring a transit of the iconic Panama Canal. This voyage offers a once-in-a-lifetime array of sights of some of the world’s greatest cities and their landmarks from the sea; sail under the Golden Gate Bridge, glide gracefully past Sydney Opera House, spend a day travelling through the breathtaking Inland Sea in Japan and gaze upon majestic Table Mountain as the ship approaches Cape Town.
• Full World Voyage: 122- nights.
• Sailing over 39,000 nautical miles
• 39 ports
• 25 countries
• Six maiden calls: Hamilton (Bermuda), Ocho Rios (Jamaica), Puerto Quetzal (Guatemala), Mo’orea (French Polynesia) Kochi (Japan) and Malacca (Malaysia).
• Overnight stays in New York, San Francisco, Sydney, Hong Kong and Cape Town
• Transits of the Panama Canal and the Inland Sea and Kanmon straits, Japan
• Iconic city waterfronts; Cape Town, Sydney, Hong Kong, Shanghai and San Francisco
• 30 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Queen Victoria World Voyage.
This voyage will be the first time that Cunard has offered a two to three month mid-duration World Voyage, which will appeal to guests looking for an exotic “winter escape” round trip experience that offers a mix of relaxation and exploration. Queen Victoria returns to South America in 2018, this time offering more immersive destinations and visiting the major South American cities as well as stunning scenic cruising in the Magellan Straits, Chilean Fjords and Cape Horn. In addition to the exploration of South America, Queen Victoria will call at the iconic and relaxing destinations of Barbados, Jamaica and Bermuda and transit the Panama Canal.
• Full Voyage: 75-nights.
• Sailing over 22,000 nautical miles
• 26 ports
• 15 countries
• Nine maiden calls: Roseau (Dominica), Salvador (Brazil), Buzios (Brazil), Coquimbo (Chile), Arica (Chile), Callao (Peru), Manta (Equador), Belize (Belize) and Costa Maya (Mexico).
• Overnight stays in Port Everglades, Rio de Janeiro and Charleston.
• Scenic cruise bys of Cape Horn and the Amalia and Pio XI glaciers
• Transits of the Panama Canal, Beagle Channel and Magellan straits
• Iconic city waterfronts; Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires.
• 12 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria and the newly Remastered Queen Mary 2 each embark on exciting adventures in 2017 – exploring 93 destinations in 32 different countries. We’ll make three maiden calls and visit many several firm Cunard favourites.
2017 in numbers.
• 3 maiden ports of call will be explored:
• Souda Bay, Greece (for tours to Chania)
• Sibenik, Croatia
• Brindisi, Italy.
• 24 overnight stays or late evening departures.
• 22 Transatlantic Crossings on the Remastered Queen Mary 2.
• 30 roundtrip cruises from Southampton.
• 29 ports of call in the Mediterranean.
Classic Transatlantic Crossings.
The Transatlantic Crossing is one of travel’s most iconic and timeless journeys, and one that everybody should experience. There really is nothing like sailing past the Statue of Liberty at first light or the solitude that can be found mid-Atlantic.br/>
Cunard is the only company offering a regular Atlantic service – something we have done for 176 years. In 2017 there will be 22 Transatlantic Crossings (19 standard seven-night voyages and three special eight-night crossings which feature a visit to either Halifax or Le Havre) on the world’s only ocean liner Queen Mary 2. The flagship will enter 2017 with every stateroom on board refurbished as part her extensive remastering taking place this year. There are also eight opportunities to take a round trip from Southampton in 2017 – allowing you to experience the ultimate journey for longer.
Mediterranean Fly Cruise.
Between July and November 2017, Queen Victoria will sail the Mediterranean, exploring 29 unique ports of call. You can embark in Rome, Venice, Athens or Barcelona and explore the best of the Mediterranean on a seven to 21 night holiday.
The 2017 programme offers overnight stays in Venice, Istanbul and Barcelona and late evening departures in Cephalonia, Barcelona, Dubrovnik and Monte Carlo – offering the perfect opportunity to explore these fascinating ports in more detail.
Queen Victoria will be fresh from a refurbishment, and for the first time, will be offering Britannia Club accommodation and dedicated dining, that has proved ever popular on her sister ships.
Cruises from Southampton.
Between May and December 2017, Queen Elizabeth will regularly sail from Southampton taking in the Mediterranean, Atlantic Islands, Western Europe, Northern Europe, including the Norwegian Fjords, and the Caribbean. Meanwhile Queen Victoria and Queen Mary 2 offer selected departures during the year.
Very special event cruises.
Unique event cruises allow guests to enjoy very special experiences both on board and in port. Highlights for 2017 include Queen Mary 2 being the special guest at celebrations in Le Havre to mark the city’s 500th anniversary and the flagship participating in Kiel Week, which is the largest annual sailing event in the world.
Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth will offer Christmas Market voyages where guests will enjoy the traditional markets in Bruges, Amsterdam and Cherbourg. In addition 2017 will also see two special Cunard celebrations marked – the 10th Birthday of Queen Victoria and the 50th anniversary of the launch of QE2 in September 2017.
Fascinating themed voyages.
Special themed voyages offer the opportunity to immerse yourself in special events and fascinating topics, and often feature famous names. Our new programme includes the QM2 Transatlantic Fashion Week 2017 (29 August), Queen Mary 2’s World Space Week (6 October), Queen Elizabeth’s Arts and Literary Tour of the British Isles (1 July), Queen Victoria’s Festival of Flowers (8 June) and Big Band Balls for lovers of music and dance on Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth.
Angus Struthers, Cunard Director, says:
“Cunard’s 2017 main programme is the biggest Cunard has planned for its iconic three ship fleet and it offers incredible richness and variety with itineraries that appeal to all.
“Cunard has more new cruises now on sale and ready to book. We have strengthened our transatlantic crossings proposition with Cunard still the only masters of that great ocean and we have blended legendary favourite ports with new destinations to appeal to newcomers while increasing the evenings in port with departures later than 2100 hours to give guests more time to explore.
“The Cunard experience itself will also be stronger than ever with our flagship Queen Mary 2 having been newly remastered and Queen Victoria fresh from her refit at the end of the World Cruise.”
Three maiden calls for the fleet: Souda Bay (Crete), Sibenik (Croatia), and Brindisi (Italy).
Our top ten destinations in 2017: Boston, (USA), Cagliari (Italy), Flaam (Norway), Monte Carlo (Monaco), Mykonos (Greece), Philipsburg (Saint Maarten), Quebec (Canada), St Petersburg (Russia), Tallinn (Estonia) and Venice (Italy).
Overnight calls in spectacular destinations: Barcelona (Spain), Istanbul (Turkey), Madeira (Portugal), Quebec (Canada), St Petersburg (Russia) and Venice (Italy).
Evenings in port (when the ship departs 9pm or later): Amsterdam (Netherlands), Barcelona (Spain), Boston (USA), Cephalonia (Greece), Dublin (Ireland), Dubrovnik (Croatia), Gibraltar, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain), Santa Cruz de La Palma (Spain), Madeira (Portugral), Monte Carlo (Monaco), Mykonos (Greece), Palma de Mallorca (Spain), Rekjavik (Iceland), Rotterdam (Netherlands) Phillipsburg (ST Maarten) and Santaz Cruz de Tenerife (Spain).
Renowned Architectural Photographer to Display Unique Work on Flagship Queen Mary 2
IThe opulence, splendour and grandeur of Cunard Line’s former office buildings in Britain and North America are to become an integral part of the fleet’s flagship Queen Mary 2 during her major 2016 refit.
Cunard Buildings in Liverpool, Southampton and New York each feature in a specially-commissioned set of images to be displayed in the ship’s suites and staterooms when she re-enters service following her three-week refit next June.
Renowned UK architectural photographer Paul Ward accepted the Cunard commission and has spent almost a month researching, visiting and photographing the buildings.
He started work in December at the Cunard Building in Liverpool, this year celebrating the centenary of its opening as the line’s headquarters in 1916. It remained the global focal point of Cunard operations until 1967 and in 2004 became part of the City of Liverpool’s acclaimed UNESCO World Heritage Site at Pier Head overlooking the River Mersey.
Paul’s New Year started in Manhattan where he spent time studying and photographing the Cunard Building at 25 Broadway. It too is highly noted for its architectural significance, with the entrance lobby and first-floor ticketing office designated a New York City Landmark in 1995.
The last of the former offices photographed in the current commission is the Grade II listed South Western House in the company’s home city of Southampton.
Angus Struthers, Cunard Director, says:
“The scale and substance of each of these buildings is inspiring and reflects both the culture and heritage of Cunard over many decades. The architectural style as well as the interior layout and décor can clearly be seen to mirror that found on board our great liners of yesteryear. There can be no more fitting way to preserve and celebrate this unique aspect of Cunard history than by incorporating Paul’s stunning images on board our flagship Queen Mary 2. In the years to come our guests will be able to enjoy this very special reminder of the part these great buildings have played in Cunard history.”
Paul Ward says:
“This has been an incredible assignment. Starting in Liverpool, where the Cunard Building is still such a dominant façade on that famous waterfront, was amazing. The exterior of the building is striking and once you arrive inside it is stunning. Everywhere I turned, from the old luggage areas in the basement to the former First Class Lounge on the top floor and even the roof with its view across the city, I was spoilt for choice. In New York, the inside of the Broadway building is simply breath-taking. At Southampton, the Grade II listed South Western House with its long association with ocean travel, was also an inspirational location. All of these buildings are so important to Cunard and it has been a privilege to visit each one and record a small aspect of the part they have played in both the history of Cunard and the maritime history of these great cities.”
Queen Mary 2’s major 25-day refit will see all Grills Suites and all Britannia Club staterooms, together with more than half of balcony staterooms redesigned. Fresh design schemes and fine details will pay tribute to the original Queen Mary’s iconic art deco heritage while keeping this grand ocean-liner at the forefront of luxury.
During her time in dry dock, Queen Mary 2 will also receive a wide range of upgrades, including 30 new Britannia Club Balcony staterooms and 15 Britannia Single staterooms, as well as a comprehensive refurbishing of all pre-existing Britannia Club Balcony cabins.
Britannia Club guests enjoy an elevated experience on board with large, well-appointed balcony staterooms, all with prime locations as well as the freedom to dine when you choose in the dedicated Britannia Club Restaurant – the perfect setting for those who prefer a more intimate dining experience.
A selection of Paul Ward’s photography is attached, and a wider selection is available on request.
Musician and Band Aid Producer to Perform Rare Acoustic Sessions on board Queen Mary
Legendary musician Midge Ure is to appear on Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 during a transatlantic crossing bound for New York in September.
The award-winning artist will present three performances of a stage show called “Midge Ure Unplugged in Concert” as well as a personal interview appearance hosted by the flagship’s entertainment manager.
The seven-night Atlantic crossing departs Southampton on 20 September 2016, arriving in New York on 27 September. Queen Mary 2 returns to her scheduled transatlantic service after a major refit taking place in June.
The ship’s 25-day refit will see all Grills Suites and all Britannia Club staterooms, together with more than half of balcony staterooms redesigned. Fresh design schemes and fine details will pay tribute to the original Queen Mary’s iconic art deco heritage while keeping this grand ocean-liner at the forefront of luxury.
Midge Ure is one of the most successful and innovative musicians of the last 25 years. With his band Ultravox, Midge consistently combined massive popular chart success with credibility, influence and respect. He is also famed for his leading contribution to the production of the Band Aid charity single Do They Know It’s Christmas? in 1984 and the staging of the world-famous Live Aid charity concert a year later. He becomes the latest in a line up of renowned guests to perform in recent times on board with Cunard including Sting, Gregory Porter, James Taylor and Crosby, Stills and Nash.
He said: “I will be performing songs acoustically, spanning 35 years of my career including songs from Ultravox, Visage and solo. This is real and honest performance with nothing to hide behind. The speaking event will tell the inside story of my strange and varied career from the slums of Glasgow to producing Do They Know It’s Christmas? – one of the biggest-selling records in British musical history. I am looking forward to boarding Queen Mary 2.”
Angus Struthers, Cunard Director says:
“Midge Ure is a fantastically talented artist and the diversity of the success he has achieved throughout his career marks him out in British music’s hall of fame. As well as his recording history, he is rightly credited with devoting tireless energy to the creation of both Band Aid and Live Aid and in so doing raising world-wide awareness of famine plight. His appearances on Queen Mary 2 are certain to be a very popular highlight of her first, post-refit Transatlantic Season. We look forward to welcoming Midge on board.”
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Triple Grammy® Award Winner Dee Dee Bridgewater will co-headline Queen Mary 2’s third Blue Note jazz-themed transatlantic crossing from New York to Southampton.
Dee Dee Bridgewater joins booming baritone Gregory Porter on the 7- night transatlantic crossing on October 25, 2016. Widely celebrated for her depth of artistry across mediums, Bridgewater will perform three intimate shows in The Royal Court Theatre as well as a Q&A session on board Queen Mary 2.
With a career that spans more than four decades, the powerhouse jazz singer was looking forward to the iconic crossing:
“I am thrilled to join Cunard and Blue Note for such a unique musical experience on board Queen Mary 2,” said Bridgewater. “To me, jazz symbolizes liberty and freedom of expression, and I look forward to sharing this jazz experience with guests on board and with my dear friend, Mr. Gregory Porter.”
Bridgewater’s career began with her phenomenal debut in New York City in 1970 as the lead vocalist for the band led by Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, one of the premier jazz orchestras of the day. Bridgewater marked an early career in concerts and recordings with musical giants including Dizzy Gillespie, before beginning a career on Broadway, where she won a Tony Award for her role as Glinda the Good Witch in The Wiz. Her time on Broadway led to work in Tokyo, Los Angeles, Paris, and beyond. In London’s West End, she garnered the coveted “Laurence Olivier” Award nomination as Best Actress for her tour de force portrayal of jazz legend Billie Holiday in Stephen Stahl’s Lady Day.
Angus Struthers, Cunard Marketing Director, said:
“We are delighted to welcome Dee Dee Bridgewater on board Queen Mary 2. Dee Dee is a phenomenal entertainer who captivates audiences worldwide, and we are thrilled for our guests to have a front-row seat to this intimate jazz experience with both her and Gregory Porter on this very special transatlantic crossing.”
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Hailed as one of the greatest jazz musicians in modern history, Herbie Hancock will headline the latest in a series of Cunard Blue Note jazz at sea-themed transatlantic crossings on board Queen Mary 2 next year.
The multi Grammy Award winning star will perform three, 45 minute intimate shows in The Royal Court Theatre on board Queen Mary 2’s 8 night crossing from Southampton to New York on 1-9 August, 2016.
The legendary jazz pianist and composer, who wrote the very first jazz album ever to go platinum, spoke about his excitement in performing on board the world’s only ocean liner:
“Some members of my band sailed on the first Queen Mary 2 Blue Note voyage in November this year and had an amazing time. I am really looking forward to sailing across the Atlantic on such an iconic ship and sharing some great music with everyone on board."
Herbie’s career spans over five decades, winning 14 Grammy® Awards, including Album of the Year for River: The Joni Letters. Miles Davis, one of the most influential jazz musicians of the 20th century once described Herbie as, “the step after Bud Powell and TheIonious Monk, and I haven't heard anybody yet who has come after him."
During the westbound transatlantic crossing Herbie will be joined by band members, drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, bassist James Genus and guitarist Lionel Loueke.
Cunard Marketing Director, Angus Struthers, said:
“It is a huge honour to welcome arguably one of the greatest jazz musicians in history on board Queen Mary 2 as part of our ongoing partnership with Blue Note Records. Having Herbie perform on board Queen Mary 2 demonstrates how Cunard continues to attract world leaders in the field of entertainment.”
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