Cunard has announced a new partnership with the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.
Experts from the RCGS will be featured on select 2023 voyages as part of Cunard’s Insights onboard enrichment program. The RCGS headliners will be on every Cunard voyage in the 2023 Alaska season on Queen Elizabeth from June through August, and on the Canada/New England voyage in September from New York City to Quebec on Queen Mary 2.
Cunard was founded over 182 years ago by Canadian Samual Cunard, a pioneer in his time, who began a transatlantic service between Europe and North America that continues today.
The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is dedicated to understanding and educating people about the diverse human and physical landscapes of Canada and beyond. With more than 26,000 full-time educators from across the country and a Fellowship of distinguished thought leaders and those committed to geographical literacy, the RCGS is one of Canada’s largest non-profit geographical and educational organizations.
RCGS speakers include explorers, naturalists, geographical experts, and indigenous advocates who will curate exclusive programming for Cunard guests. These experts include:
- John Geiger, CEO, RCGS: best-selling author, speaker and adventurer who will speak about the history, heritage and expeditions which took place on the surrounding lands
- Joseph Frey: Scuba diver and former officer with the Royal Canadian Navy who specializes in Anthropology and the migration of people on the land
- Jill Heinerth, RCGS Explorer in Residence: Underwater diver, explorer, author and educator with a focus on coastal environments
- George Kourounis, RCGS Explorer in Residence: Worldwide explorer and adventurer who contributes his expertise to the Discovery Channel and the Weather Network
- Lynn Moorman, RCGS Fellow: Geographer and educator who speaks about the glaciers, fjords and geographic technologies that guests will encounter along the British Columbia Coast and Alaska
- Perry Bellegarde, Honorary Vice President RCGS: Former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Indigenous advocate, and educator on Indigenous people and their lands
John Geiger, CEO for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, said “Our mandate to make Canada better known to Canadians and to the world will be furthered by this exciting partnership with Cunard. Through collaborative enrichment programming and providing Canadian Geographic content onboard, we hope each Cunard guest will come to appreciate and love the dynamic and diverse landscape and people of our country.”
Cunard currently has three ships in passenger service: Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth, and Queen Victoria. A fourth ship, Queen Anne, is scheduled to enter service in early 2024.