Cunard Specialty Cruises

From Fashion to Big Band and more on Cunard Lines Specialty cruises

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You may choose a cruise for its itinerary as it will take you to ports you’ve never explored, or it returns to a port you loved on a previous cruise. Maybe it has a few extra days as sea to ensure you can take advantage of the cruise ships offerings. But did you know that many cruise lines offer educational or themed cruises?

Cunard Line has once again created specialty cruises that have been tailor-made to bring popular themes to life and further enhance your Cunard experience. These unique cruises can include expert speakers, insightful activities and exclusive events on board plus an array of related bespoke shore excursions in selected ports of call.


Here are some of the event cruises Cunard has designed for 2018 & 2019.

Queen Elizabeth sails to the Land of the Midnight Sun for dramatic scenery unmatched. This 12-night Norway cruise highlights the natural wonders of the fjords and awe-inspiring scenery featuring late sailaways from Bodo and Narvik. These sailaways showcase the natural phenomenon when the sun typically remains visible at midnight during the local summer months. This special voyage will include a photography workshop, led by an array of photographic experts including Paul Ward, Ross Hoddinott and Lord Malcolm MacGregor.

12 night The Fjords | Voyage Q820
Roundtrip London – Queen Elizabeth – Jul 01, 2018


Cunard partners again with The Greatest Generations Foundation, paying tribute to distinguished World War II combat veterans with a unique onboard enrichment program. Get a personal glimpse into veterans’ wartime experiences as you cross the Atlantic. You will have the opportunity to attend lectures, Q&As and interact with several World War II veterans, hearing first-hand about their experiences during America’s involvement in the war.

7 night Eastbound Transatlantic Crossing | Voyage M827
New York to London – Queen Mary 2 – Jul 20, 2018 –


Renowned for glamour, dressing up and unforgettable special occasions, Cunard is once again offering Queen Mary 2’s annual Transatlantic Fashion Week in 2018 and 2019. Experience a glamorous array of catwalk shows, fashion presentations, photography exhibitions, styling and fashion workshops, new leading retail brands and much more.

7 night Westbound Transatlantic Crossing | Voyage M833
London to New York – Queen Mary 2 – Sep 2, 2018

7 night Eastbound Transatlantic Crossing | Voyage M922
New York to London – Queen Mary 2 – Jul 28, 2019


Each of the three Queens will look forward to playing host to their own Big Band Balls for dance and music lovers around the world to enjoy. Cunard’s biggest orchestras of the year will delight guests in the magnificent Queens Room ballroom with music from Glenn Miller, Count Basie and Duke Ellington.

4 night Netherlands Escapes | Voyage Q824
Roundtrip London – Queen Elizabeth – Aug 24, 2018

4 night Amsterdam Short Break | Voyage Q927
Roundtrip London – Queen Elizabeth – Oct 4, 2019


Cunard presents its first ever cruise dedicated to tracing family trees, in association with Ancestry®, the premiere family history resource that opens the door to discover, preserve and share meaningful family stories. With the Transatlantic Crossing comes a wealth of history linking to the new world and personal stories of emigration, the ideal setting for a dedicated family history cruise.

7 night Westbound Transatlantic Crossing | Voyage M842
London to New York – Queen Mary 2 – Nov 4, 2018


Celebrate Cunard Lines extensive list of more than 400 wines from 23 different countries around the world on a Voyage du Vin cruise. Throughout the journey, you will enjoy wine pairings, talks and dinners hosted by wine experts and producers before heading to the shores of Spain, France and Italy to visit these world-renowned wine regions.

14 night Mediterranean Highlights | Voyage V922
Roundtrip London – Queen Victoria – Sep 6, 2019


A regular favorite, the National Symphony Orchestra joins Queen Mary 2 once again for the last night of the Cunard Proms. Anthony Inglis will return as conductor during this special Crossing. Attend an open rehearsal as the group prepares for their two main performances and join in on a Q&A session with Inglis himself. You will also have the chance to audition for the choir to perform with the NSO, under the guidance of Mr. Inglis.

7 night Eastbound Transatlantic Crossing | M929A
New York to London – Queen Mary 2 – Sep 15, 2019


Cunard brings World Space Week to life with an exciting space-themed Transatlantic Crossing. Experience new space shows in Illuminations,® the only planetarium at sea, discuss space and its exploration with acclaimed experts and stargaze while you sail on the open Atlantic.

8 night Westbound Transatlantic Crossing | V930F
London to New York – Queen Mary 2 – Sep 26, 2019


Which special event voyage would you choose?

Cunard's "Three Queens"

Cunard’s “Three Queens” Offer Royal Wedding Celebration

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Cunard’s “Three Queens” Offer Royal Wedding Celebration in Honor of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s May 19 Wedding

VALENCIA, Calif., May 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Luxury cruise line Cunard has announced it will have exclusive celebrations on board Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth on May 19, 2018 in honor of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s nuptials. Those who are not able to cross the pond to attend the wedding festivities will be offered special viewing parties and royal celebrations around the world on Cunard’s fleet of “Three Queens.” The Royal Celebration on May 19 will include:

~ Screening of the Royal Wedding
~ Royal Wedding Afternoon Tea with specially created cakes including the Union Jack Butterfly, Chocolate Crown, Victoria Wedding Cake along with traditional finger sandwiches, scones, clotted cream and jams
~ Celebration cocktails including the Princess Bride, The King’s Steed, American Beauty, Midnight Over the Atlantic and P.S. I Love You
~ Commemorative dinner and keepsake menu in the main dining rooms on board (Queens Grill, Princess Grill, Britannia, Britannia Club, and Verandah)
~ Celebration cake, modelled after the bride and groom’s, made of lemon and elderflower to be served in each of the restaurants
~ Champagne at dinner

Passengers on all three ships will have the opportunity to toast the happy couple from all over the world. Guests on flagship ocean liner Queen Mary 2 will be sailing on one of her signature transatlantic voyages, headed towards the UK, as they celebrate the royal wedding. Those on Queen Elizabeth will be in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Queen Victoria passengers will be in Portree, Scotland.

Cunard is no stranger to the royal family, in fact Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, attended her first Cunard event in 1938 when she was only 12 years old. Since then The Queen has launched and named four Cunard ships. Her Majesty is the only person who has been present at the launch of all three ships named Queen Elizabeth – the first in 1938, QE2 in 1967 and Queen Elizabeth in 2010.

“We are excited to celebrate the royal wedding with our guests on board all three Cunard ships,” said Josh Leibowitz, senior vice president, Cunard North America. “We are thrilled to honor this special moment in time, and to commemorate Cunard’s longstanding special relationship with the Royal Family,” he added.

On Cunard’s iconic Queen Mary 2, which offers regularly-scheduled Transatlantic Crossings from New York to Southampton, England from May through December, pre- and post-voyage tours visit London with stops at Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey, among other regal venues.


Cunard to broadcast LIVE Red Carpet from “The Greatest Showman” World Premiere on Flagship Queen Mary 2

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Live Red Carpet Interviews with Celebrities, Talent and Executives at First Hollywood Movie Premiere on a Passenger Ship

VALENCIA, Calif., Dec. 6, 2017  — On Friday, December 8, luxury cruise line Cunard and 20th Century Fox will host the world premiere of “The Greatest Showman” on flagship ocean liner Queen Mary 2 while docked in New York. Cunard will broadcast the red carpet event LIVE from the ship in real-time with a Facebook livestream, giving viewers an opportunity to be part of the first major Hollywood film premiere on a passenger ship.

Tune in to Cunard’s Facebook page at at 5:30pm ET / 2:30pm PT to watch the star-studded red carpet which will be hosted by Andrea Feczko of “Vacation Creation” on ABC Television and Kevin Polowy of Yahoo Entertainment.

Viewers will see live interviews with the film’s all-star cast including Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya. Also walking the red carpet will be “The Greatest Showman’s” director Michael Gracey, Oscar®- and Tony®-winning musical duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Emmy Award®-winning costume designer Ellen Mirojnick, and the film’s writers Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon.

“Cunard is a brand of ‘firsts,’ and this premiere is certainly no exception,” said Josh Leibowitz, Senior Vice President, Cunard North America. “We’re proud to roll out the red carpet on Queen May 2 and to invite 20th Century Fox and their esteemed guests on board our flagship, and we’re excited to be able to give Cunarders and fans worldwide a front row seat to all the action.”

Cunard and cruise industry executives will join the celebration including: Arnold Donald, CEO & President of Carnival Corporation & plc, Josh Leibowitz, Senior Vice President of Cunard North America, Simon Palethorpe, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Cunard and Josh Weinstein, President of Carnival UK, and Captain Philpott, Master of Queen Mary 2.

Debuting in theatres on December 20, “The Greatest Showman” is an original musical which tells the story of visionary P.T. Barnum and how he created the Barnum & Bailey Circus. During his life, P.T. Barnum sailed multiple times on various Cunard ships to cross the Atlantic between New York and England. Scenes from the movie were shot in the original U.S. headquarters of Cunard, a magnificent Italian Renaissance-style landmark building located at 25 Broadway in lower Manhattan. In addition, many scenes were shot in Brooklyn, Queen Mary 2’s U.S. homeport.

Yahoo, Yahoo Entertainment, AOL, Huffington Post and MovieFone will also be sharing the action live on their respective Facebook pages.

Queen Mary 2

Queen Mary 2

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Queen Mary 2 is Cunard’s flagship and the most magnificent ocean liner ever built. A Transatlantic Crossing to or from New York on this incredible ship is a holiday like no other but her cruises from Southampton are also very special. She offers so much space on board and such an array of state of the art facilities including a 3D Cinema, planetarium and a superb spa.

Queen Mary 2 arrives for New York Fashion Week 2017

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Queen Mary 2’s Transatlantic Fashion Week Debuts Glamour on the High Seas

VALENCIA, Calif., September, 7, 2017 – Luxury cruise line Cunard flagship ocean liner Queen Mary 2 arrives in New York after the second annual Transatlantic Fashion Week brought together some of the most glamorous names in the fashion industry. The crossing, which left Southampton on August 31, 2017, included seven days of runway shows, inspiring talks, glamorous dinners and exclusive unveilings from fashion icons and leaders.

One of the highlights of the voyage included two runway shows from British Fashion Designer Julien Macdonald, who is known for dressing some of the world’s best-known style icons including Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion and Kim Kardashian. And award-winning students from the revered Parsons School of Design debuted their featured collections to passengers onboard the luxury liner.

Fashion historian and style commentator Colin McDowell held a series of Q&A’s and discussions on fashion among the royals, illustration workshops and style inspirational during the voyage. In addition, Karl Dunkley, the founder and CEO of Royal Warrant holder Grosvenor Shirts, Jermyn Street, gave a talk on the craftsmanship behind a classic tailored shirt.

The voyage also included pop up shops including luxury swimwear designer Melissa Odabash, luxury British brand Mulberry, Lucy Choi Londondesigner shoes (niece of the legendary Jimmy Choo,) and exclusive jewelry from fashion icon Iris Apfel.

Guests also got an exclusive preview of Drawing on Style: Three Masters of Elegance. The preview, in association with Clarendon Fine Art features historic and current fashion illustrators such as Kenneth Paul Block (1924 – 2009) who worked in the late 20th century with Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein and others, Bill Donovan, a contemporary American illustrator, has worked with Vogue, Dior and The New York Times andJason Brooks who counts Elle and Chanel among his clients.