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Cunard Announces 2022 Themed Cruises

Sarah Bretz

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Cunard has announced its lineup of Event Voyages for 2022, which are a variety of themed cruises and voyages with special events that will take place aboard Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth. 

Returning guest favorites will include the “Literature Festival at Sea” and Anthony Inglis and the UK National Symphony Orchestra. New voyages will include “Art & Design Week,” “Beatles and Beyond: Celebrating the Best of British,” and “London Theatre at Sea with the Olivier Awards.”

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Queen Mary 2 (Photo courtesy of Cunard)

Each cruise will offer the opportunity to dive deeper into a passion or discovery something new, with a program of interactive workshops, masterclasses, performances, and discussions. Passengers will be able to mingle with renowned authors, West End theatre stars, enjoy one of the world’s best Beatles tribute bands, and learn insider views and the latest trends with the “Art & Design Week.”

“Cunard is excited to again offer an incredible array of Event Voyages in 2022, which have become an eagerly anticipated hallmark of Cunard’s on board experience,” said Jamie Paiko, vice president of Sales for Cunard North America. “From art and literature to music and design, our guests enjoy the luxury of time to more deeply delve into their passions, and appreciate the opportunity to meet notable luminaries form all over the world.”

Here’s an overview of what to expect during each voyage:

London Theatre at Sea, with the Olivier Awards

This eastbound transatlantic crossing will take place aboard Queen Mary 2 from May 15 to 22, 2022. Created in partnership with the Society of London Theatre, the voyage will showcase Olivier award-winning talent, both on and off the stage. It will feature performances, conversations with special guests about their careers,  workshops about the secrets and techniques of putting on a production, and dance classes led by world-class choreographers.

Fares start at $1,399 per person.

Beatles and Beyond

Queen Elizabeth will set sail on a roundtrip voyage departing Tokyo and tracing the shores of Japan and South Korea on May 8, 2022. The sailing will play host to Cunard’s first-ever “Beatles and Beyond: Celebrating the Best of British” cruise.

Through music, film, tastings, and demonstrations, the voyage will celebrate beloved aspects of British culture, culminating in a finale in the Royal Court Theatre by the Bootleg Beatles, the world’s leading Beatles tribute band.

Fares start at $1,579 per person.

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Queen Elizabeth (Photo courtesy of Cunard)

Art & Design Week

Cunard’s first-ever “Art & Design Week” voyage will take place aboard Queen Mary 2 from August 28 to September 4, 2022. The unique experience will take passengers on a journey celebrating the best of design from the past, present, and future. Guests will be able to enjoy expert-led masterclasses, onboard exhibitions, and hear from creative influencers at the forefront of design.

Fares start at $1,519 per person.

Anthony Inglis and the UK’s National Symphony Orchestra

A regular favorite among Cunard passengers, the UK’s National Symphony Orchestra will set sail again from October 25 to November 1 2022, putting on memorable performances in the Royal Court Theatre on Queen Mary 2. Guests will enjoy an evening of all-American music after departing New York, and an evening celebrating the best of British music before arriving in Southampton.

Charismatic conductor Anthony Inglis will lead the audience, guest choir, soloists, and orchestra in both concerns, as well as presenting another afternoon concert featuring Ravel’s “Bolero.”

Fares start at $1,149 per person.

Literature Festival at Sea

From December 3 to 10, 2022, Queen Mary 2 will sail the “Literature Festival at Sea” cruise, crafted by the programming team at The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival. 

The floating festival at sea will offer book lovers the opportunity to join some of the most-loved authors, historians, poets, and critics, as well as journalists from The Times and The Sunday Times for a variety of workshops, discussions, and Q&A sessions.

Guests will include bestselling authors Ian Rankin, Maggie O’Farrell, Charles Cumming, Sathnam Sanghera, Mick Herron, and Simon Winchester; revered classicist Mary Beard; acclaimed journalists Damian Barr and Rachel Johnson; and Times Red Box Editor, Matt Chorley. More guests will be announced at a later date.

Fares start at $1,049 per person.

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