The luxury cruise line now boasts Food and Wine, Fashion, Literature, Space, Ancestry, Theatre and Music themes this year
Luxury cruise line Cunard continues its series of special Event Voyages in 2020 by introducing music, theatre and space to an already stellar schedule.
The event schedule on board is specially curated to create cinematic experiences and features exclusive speakers, activities and workshops. The itineraries allow guests to pursue creative passions, casual interests and overall curiosities during seven uninterrupted days at sea on flagship ocean liner Queen Mary 2.
“We are excited to further enhance our Cunard Event Voyages for 2020 sailings,” said Lee Powell, Vice President Brand and Product, “Our 2020 Event Voyages represent the very best in music, the arts, food and wine and fashion and help to make these voyages among the most coveted in the industry.”
Queen Mary 2’s 2020 schedule is as follows:
London Theatre at Sea in association with the Olivier Awards, May 13-20, 2020
In partnership with the Olivier Awards, the Society of London Theatre’s annual awards, this seven-night Crossing showcases award-winning talent in conversation about their careers and talks on how productions are put together. Guests will have the chance to be involved in dance classes, choirs and design workshops as well as see “The Oliviers in Concert” in the Royal Court Theatre. Singer Ruthie Henshall and James Bond lyricist Don Black will be performing.
The Transatlantic Fashion Week, May 24-31, 2020
The Transatlantic Fashion Week on Queen Mary 2 features US design duo Badgley Mischka, who will launch their 2021 resort collection in an exclusive runway show during the voyage. They will also debut their capsule collection designed exclusively for Cunard, which will be sold on board. Mark Badgley and James Mischka will offer a Q&A with guests during the seven-night voyage along with other industry experts who will share their experience and life in the world of fashion.
Festival of Food & Wine, June 7-14, 2020
Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr. will headline Cunard’s first ever Festival of Food & Wine festival. He will take Le Gavroche to sea by indulging guests with a series of hosted dinners, cooking demonstrations and a Q&As. The Transatlantic Crossing will bring together additional experts from the culinary industry, including award-winning wine writer Will Lyons, food editor Lisa Markwell and celebrated wine critic Steven Spurrier. For guests particularly interested in the world of wine, there’s a chance to join the Cunard Wine Academy while onboard to gain the Wine & Spirit Education Trust Level 1 Award.
Journey of Genealogy with Ancestry, August 14-21, 2020
The Journey of Genealogy returns in 2020 to mark the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage. The voyage will commemorate the significance of this iconic journey and experts from Ancestry, the largest online family history resource in the world, will be joining guests on board. Highlights of the voyage include Ancestry experts hosting talks themed around the historic Mayflower voyage and the stories of passengers onboard; guests can learn to trace their family trees through the centuries to find out how their DNA connects them to the world.
The Greatest Generations Foundation Voyage, August 21-28, 2020
Cunard will pay tribute to the heroes of World War II during this voyage by commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the end of the war. In partnership with The Greatest Generations Foundation, this seven-night voyage will offer guests the opportunity to attend daily events with several WWII combat veterans, hearing first-hand about their experiences during the war. These distinguished war heroes will be honoured onboard while engaging in moderated discussions and meet-and-greets.
Big Band Ball
Inspired by the iconic big bands of the ‘30s and ‘40s, Cunard’s Big Band Ball combines hugely talented musicians from venues across the ship with special guest musicians from the UK Big Band scene, to create a swinging 17-piece orchestra, accompanied by vocalists performing Big Band classics in the Queens Room for one very special evening. Note: This event voyage is available on Queen Elizabeth’s seven-night sailing in Asia, March 24-31, 2020 (Q010); and on Queen Victoria’s short break to Amsterdam and Bruges, August 19-23, 2020
Anthony Inglis and The National Symphony Orchestra, September 4-11, 2020
Anthony Inglis will conduct the UK’s National Symphony Orchestra on this special Crossing as guests are treated to two spectacular performances in the Royal Court Theatre — an evening of American themed numbers, and the Last Night of the Cunard Proms itself. There will be a Q&A with Anthony Inglis, and guests will be able to audition for the choir and practice under the guidance of the NSO, then give a group performance during the evening’s show.
World Space Week, October 2-9, 2020
This year’s World Space Week Crossing focuses on “Women in Space” and the role they’ve played in space travel. Guests will enjoy listening to acclaimed speakers from the fields of astronomy, astrophysics, aerospace and astronautics; including Suzie Imber, Associate Professor of Planetary Science at the University of Leicester and Dr Suzanna Randall, Astrophysicist and trainee for the Astronautin initiative, aiming to send the first German women into space in 2020. In addition to space shows in Illuminations, the largest planetarium at sea, Queen Mary 2 is the perfect venue to stargaze, away from city light in mid-Atlantic skies.
Transatlantic Music Week, October 23-30, 2020
Cunard’s first-ever Transatlantic Music Week will be filled with music from rock to jazz and gospel to opera. Performers include Grammy award-winner Midge Ure, gospel sensation Kingdom Choir, singers from the English National Opera, Broadway stars Faith Prince and Seth Rudetsky and classical cellist Julian Lloyd Webber. Musical talent onboard will host workshops and Q&A sessions, while evenings will include recitals, fanfares and performances.
Literature Festival at Sea, December 1-8, 2020
The Literature Festival at Sea in partnership with the Cheltenham Literature Festival, the Times and the Sunday Times, returns in 2020. The program features readings, talks and workshops with some of the world’s most renowned names in literature. Award-winning authors Ian Rankin, Kate Mosse, Alexander McCall Smith, Prue Leith and more will join guests as they discuss their life and work and hold intimate author signings. Times columnists onboard will review the biggest news stories of the year while literary editors and critics will pick their favourite books.