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Cunard Line Adds Ft. Lauderdale Embarkation and Disembarkation
Cunard Line has added Ft. Lauderdale embarkation and disembarkation points -- January 17 and April 13, 2006 -- to Queen Mary 2's much-anticipated Path of Magellan South America Liner Voyages in 2006. Travelers can now choose from two "South American Odysseys" in the grand Cunard tradition: the 38-day westbound voyage embarking from New York on January 15, or the 36-day voyage departing from Ft. Lauderdale on January 17, taking guests around Cape Horn via the Drake Passage, Beagle Channel and the Straits of Magellan. The eastbound journey reverses the itinerary and concludes in Ft. Lauderdale on April 13 and New York on April 15.
"Adding Ft. Lauderdale to the Path of Magellan itineraries allows our Southern-based guests a convenient departing and returning point to experience the adventure of Queen Mary 2's maiden passage around South America," says Jan Swartz, senior vice president of customer service and sales for Cunard Line. "Guests will relive the adventures of such legendary explorers as Magellan and Willem Shouten -- the first man to make the journey through the Drake Channel at the very tip of South America -- all while sailing in the sumptuous surroundings of this grand ocean liner."
When Queen Mary 2 embarks on her journey, she will be the largest passenger vessel ever to navigate the storied waters around Cape Horn. The historic voyage will visit vibrant South American capitals, world-class resorts, remote settlements, wildlife sanctuaries and treasures of civilisation. Prices start from $8,499 per person, double occupancy.
"Route to Rio" will see the triumphant return of Queen Mary 2 to Rio de Janeiro after a one-year hiatus -- her inaugural visit in February 2004 to celebrate Carnival was heralded throughout Brazil and neighbouring nations. A southbound voyage departs New York for Rio January 15, 2006, calling at St. Kitts, Barbados and Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, en route. The reverse itinerary departs Rio on April 3, 2006. Prices for the 12-day cruise start from $2,799 per person, double. For those wishing to depart from Ft. Lauderdale, the 10-day "Route to Rio" cruise leaves Ft. Lauderdale on January 17.
Queen Mary 2 to Host British Comedic Legend
Cunard Line's Queen Mary 2, the world's most famous ocean liner, will welcome English comedic legend John Cleese as a guest speaker during its June 9-15, 2005 transatlantic crossing from New York to Southampton, England. Joining him as guest speakers are his wife Alyce Faye Cleese, psychotherapist and author of How to Manage Your Mother, as well as renowned Australian actor and writer Bille Brown who will interview John Cleese as part of the onboard program.
The crossing will feature a series of entertaining programs by John and Alyce Faye Cleese and Bille Brown. In addition to hosting interviews with the Cleeses, Brown will be offering a reading of his dramatic story entitled, Herself."
"We're delighted to give our guests the opportunity to enjoy the classic comedic genius of John Cleese," commented Jan Swartz, senior vice president of customer service and sales for Cunard Line. "Along with his wife Alyce Faye, and distinguished actor Bille Brown, we're delighted they'll become part of our company's long tradition of hosting notable personalities onboard our ships."
John Cleese is a film and television comic actor whose deadpan wit makes life's routine bothers hilarious. A hilarious piece of Python humor, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," is the basis of the hit new broadway show, "Spamalot," in which Cleese is the voice of God. Other well known films created by the Monty Python troupe include "The Life of Brian" (1979) and "Monty Python's The Meaning of Life" (1983). Screenings of select films from Cleese's repertoire such as "A Fish Called Wanda," "The Meaning of Life" and "Fawlty Towers" will also be shown onboard.
Alyce Faye Cleese, a distinguished psychotherapist with degrees and training from Oklahoma State, Baylor and London Universities, will give a presentation on the topic of her book by the same name How to Manage Your Mother: Understanding the Most Difficult, Complicated, and Fascinating Relationship of Your Life. Her book examines the relationship with mothers from an adult perspective and offers a practical 10-step plan to improve the relationship. The fascinating book also includes high-profile interviews with Mia Farrow, Hugh Hefner, Lauren Hutton, Mike Nichols, Arianna Huffington and many others.
Bille Brown is one of Australia's most renowned actors and writers and is perhaps best known for his work in Shakespearean theatre. One of his most recent writing accomplishments includes the English pantomime of "Aladdin" which played at the Old Vic in London and starred Ian McKellen. His film credits include "Black & White," "The Dish" and "Oscar & Lucinda."
Lilly Pulitzer and Queen Mary 2 Embark On Unique Relationship
Ocean voyaging has inspired many works of art and literature during the Golden Age of Travel. Now, Cunard's iconic Queen Mary 2 has become the first-ever ocean liner to inspire a clothing line by one of America's most revered design houses: Lilly Pulitzer. The new collection, called "Hail to the Queen," will debut this spring in stores nationwide.
"It is a great compliment to have a clothing company of Lilly Pulitzer's caliber theme an entire line around Queen Mary 2," says David Gevanthor, vice president of marketing for Cunard Line. "We were delighted to have inspired the Lilly Pulitzer design team to create a collection that exudes a timeless sensibility. Queen Mary 2 appeals to a more genteel style of travel and leisure."
"I was enchanted by Queen Mary 2 during a recent Transatlantic crossing," says Sandi Davidson, Vice President and Creative Director for Lilly Pulitzer. "It was on this memorable voyage that Hail to the Queen, Lilly Pulitzer's Summer 2005 collection, was first conceived."
A tribute to the timeless elegance of ocean travel, Hail to the Queen was inspired by Queen Mary 2's glamorous restaurants, lavish stateroom accommodations, spectacular entertainment and the elegance of a more genteel era. Cunard's Queen Mary 2 has re-defined the luxury ocean liner for the 21st century, combining more than 160 years of tradition with modern innovations hardly dreamed of only a few years ago.
The Summer 2005 Lilly Pulitzer signature print, Junk on the Trunk, is a tribute to vintage travel trunks, featuring nautical details, images from exotic ports of call and tropical flowers in traditional Lilly Pulitzer bright colors. The Hail to the Queen collection features flowing skirts, wide leg pants and novelty dresses in airy summer fabrics like cotton eyelet, linen, and silk charmeuse – all perfect for vacation and travel. Selected items in the collection pay homage to Queen Mary 2's many dining and entertainment venues: Golden Lion, inspired by the ship's traditional English pub; Winter Garden, elicited by the elegant room serving the British ritual of afternoon tea; Illuminations, a glow-in-the dark print inspired by Queen Mary 2's dreamy planetarium, the only one afloat, and the beautiful white-on-white Queen's Floral print – there is a unique pattern to suit any taste. All prints are offered in a number of fun and feminine styles, perfect for summer barbecues, graduations or weddings.
Lilly Pulitzer offers apparel for ladies and children, as well as ladies' shoes, jewelry and a complete home collection. There are currently 75 retailers in communities around the country recognized as Lilly Pulitzer Signature Stores. Lilly Pulitzer is also sold in major department stores including Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom as well as upscale specialty shops and clubs nationwide. For more information on Lilly Pulitzer visit www.lillypulitzer.com.
Queen Mary 2 Continues to Enthrall and
Guests of Queen Mary 2's transatlantic crossings are in for more than a treat in 2005. In addition to the vessel's much anticipated "Chefs at Sea" program sponsored by Gourmet magazine (see below), this year's on board enrichment offerings will feature guest speakers sponsored by Architectural Digest, House & Garden and the New Yorker.
Continuing the successful collaboration with Architectural Digest, the ship is pleased to welcome William Stubbs, author of I Hate Red, You're Fired, on the eastbound May 28 transatlantic crossing. Chronicling his design journeys from Acapulco to Moscow, his book illuminates why Architectural Digest hails Stubbs as one of the top 100 Designers today.
The September 20 westbound sailing will see the arrival of celebrity designer Roderick Shade, who counts Star Jones as one of his top clients. Voyaging on November 1 is the final guest speaker of the series, Anthony P. Brown. Another of the magazine's Top 100 Designers, Brown is British by birth but resides in Washington, D.C. and is credited with the spectacular design of Oprah Winfrey's Santa Barbara home.
Cunard is equally excited about two new enrichment program partnerships in 2005. Speakers from House & Garden will include the magazine's Garden Editors Stephen Orr and Charlotte Frieze (on the May 4 and September 2 eastbound sailings, respectively). A self-taught gardener, Orr has been a featured gardening expert on the "CBS Early Sho" and has appeared on numerous national broadcast programs. Frieze, a former landscape architect was responsible for many impressive projects including Disney Boardwalk at Disney World, and the Norman Rockwell Museum.
For avid readers at sea, an exciting New Yorker series showcases an eclectic group of famed authors. On the May 22 voyage, Jonathan Lowy, one of the publication's own writers, will discuss his recently published, fictional New Yorker account of a memorable Cunard voyage, appearing in three installments. The creative piece was featured in January and February alongside a Cunard advertisement; readers are anxiously awaiting the third chapter scheduled for April. Joshilyn Jackson, novelist, playwright, and essayist will engage Queen Mary 2 guests on the September 8 sailing with her unique tales of the South and beyond. Carol Higgins Clark, best selling novelist of eight Regan Reilly mysteries and daughter of famed mystery writer Mary Higgins Clark, will enthrall Queen Mary 2 guests on the October 14 crossing.
"Queen Mary 2's Transatlantic crossings are the perfect platform for our 2005 enrichment programs," says David Gevanthor, vice president of marketing for Cunard Line. "Showcasing the genteel style of the bygone 'salon' -- a cultural exchange on art, design and literature -- guests find inspiration in the stimulating discussion from industry trendsetters."
Prices for transatlantic voyages on May 4, September 8, 20 and October 14 start from $1,649 for a standard inside room up to $24,549 (September 8 & 20) for the ship's most lavish accommodation, the 2,249 sq. ft. Grand Duplex apartment. Staterooms on the May 22 and 28 sailings start from $1,749 and range up to $24,549; July 17 & September 2: $1,899-$24,699; and November 1: $1,599-$24,399.
2005 Chefs at Sea Program
Continuing its innovative "Chefs at Sea" program in an exclusive partnership with Gourmet magazine, Queen Mary 2 will host some of the nation's most award-winning culinary talents on selected 2005 transatlantic crossings. Launched in the ship's inaugural year of 2004 to rave reviews, the second year's line-up of star-studded chefs will attract food aficionados from both sides of the Atlantic.
Kicking off the first of six visiting chef appearances and sailing on April 16 is famed Chef Ed Brown of Manhattan's Sea Grill, where his impressive talent for seafood has brought him significant and popular acclaim. Sailing on the following week's April 22 Crossing, Los Angeles Chef Govind Armstrong of in-demand Table 8, will share his culinary secrets of success. The April 28 voyage will feature South Florida sensation Carey Savona, executive chef of Lucca at the Boca Raton Resort & Spa, making headlines with his new Tuscan cuisine.
Fall transatlantic season will see the arrival of Executive Chef Jim Botsacos of Molyvos on October 8, considered the most accomplished creator of Greek cuisine in New York. Another Los Angeles icon, Suzanne Goin of A.O.C. and Lucques, will delight guests with her innovative culinary creations on the October 20 sailing. And on October 26, Chef Geoffrey Zakarian of famed Town Restaurant in New York, will demonstrate why he is one of the industry's most celebrated talents.
Due to very popular demand, Cunard Line increased Queen Mary 2's number of transatlantic crossings from 13 in 2004 to 26 in 2005. Prices for April transatlantic voyages featuring the Gourmet "Chefs at Sea" program start from $999 for a standard inside stateroom; and up to $23,949 for the unabashed luxury of a 2,249 sq. ft. Grand Duplex apartment. Prices for the October "Chefs at Sea" transatlantic sailings start from $1,249 - up to $24,449.
Offering a truly interactive encounter in the ship's unique Chef's Galley -- a custom-built demonstration kitchen -- allows guests the opportunity to view first-hand how these cooking masters make their magic, culminating in a three-course meal served at the conclusion of the demonstration. In addition, the chefs will demonstrate their culinary creativity to a larger audience in Illuminations, the ship's planetarium which doubles as a theater. Queen Mary 2's own seasoned culinary staff will also offer Chef's Galley dinner demonstrations throughout transatlantic season.
"As the only ocean liner providing regularly scheduled transatlantic service, Queen Mary 2 affords guests the luxury of time to enjoy such passions as the art of cooking and fine cuisine," says David Gevanthor, vice president of marketing for Cunard Line. "We are delighted to offer our guests an up-close experience with some of the most touted chefs in the world."
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