Cunard Line has announced its 2022 line-up of Event Voyages aboard its flagship Queen Mary 2 ocean liner and Queen Elizabeth cruise ship.
Guests will enjoy an opportunity to meet and mingle with renowned authors, West End theatre stars, wax nostalgic with one the world’s top Beatles tribute bands, and learn insider views and latest trends with the line’s new Art & Design Week.
The event voyages for 2022 offer a rich and compelling variety of themes, such as the Literature Festival at Sea in partnership with Cheltenham Literature Festival, The Times and The Sunday Times; and much-loved Anthony Inglis and the UK National Symphonyof Orchestra.
Cunard Line will also be introducing the line’s first Art & Design Week, and Beatles and Beyond: Celebrating the Best of British as well as the highly anticipated London Theatre at Sea with the Olivier Awards.
In addition to the flagship events, every voyage will also include the opportunity to delve deeper into an existing passion or discover something new, with an enriching program of interactive workshops, masterclasses, performances, and thought-provoking speakers and discussions with fellow guests.
“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,” he added.
Cunard Line’s Event Voyages in 2022:
15-22 May, 2022, Queen Mary 2: London Theatre at Sea, with the Olivier Awards:This eastbound Transatlantic Crossing, created in partnership with Society of London Theatre, will showcase Olivier award-winning talent, both on and off the stage, as well as a line-up of guests in conversation about their careers, as well as talks on productions, how they are produced, and the theatres themselves.
Highlights include a show with the stars in the Royal Court Theatre in a production looking back at the last 45 years of the Olivier Awards; an immersive workshop about the secrets and techniques of putting on a production; and dance classes lead by world class choreographers.
8-17 May 2022, Queen Elizabeth: Beatles and Beyond: Queen Elizabeth will sail a nine-night roundtrip voyage departing Tokyo, tracing the shores of Japan and South Korea, and play host to Cunard’s first ever Beatles and Beyond: Celebrating the Best of British voyage.
Through music, film, tastings and demonstrations, the sailing 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.
28 August-4 September 2022, Queen Mary 2: Art & Design Week:
Cunard’s first ever Art & Design Week will take guests on a journey celebrating the best of design, past, present and future.
Unmissable insights, expert-led masterclasses and special on board exhibitions promise to inspire the inner creative life of those who participate.
In addition, guests will have an exclusive opportunity to hear from creative influencers at the forefront of design for Cunard’s newest ship.
25 October-1 November 2022, Queen Mary 2: Anthony Inglis and the UK’s National Symphony Orchestra: A regular favorite in the Cunard calendar, the UK’s National Symphony Orchestra sets sail again with Maestro Anthony Inglis leading the ensemble in memorable orchestral performances in the Royal Court Theatre.
Guests will enjoy an evening of all-American music, including Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” after departing New York; and an evening celebrating the best of British music before arriving in Southampton.
Conductor Inglis leads the audience, guest choir, soloists and orchestra in both concerts, as well as presenting another afternoon concert featuring Ravel’s “Bolero.”
3-10 December 2022, Queen Mary 2: Literature Festival at Sea in partnership with Cheltenham Literature Festival, The Times and The Sunday Times is crafted by the programming team of The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, and will offer book lovers the opportunity to join some of the best-loved authors, historians, poets, and critics, as well as journalists from The Times and The Sunday Times, to bring the spirit of the Festival to the voyage.
This seven-day program of inspiring literary events celebrates the written word in all its variety with workshops, discussions, and Q&As focusing on literature, art, film, history and politics, all underpinned by the quality of delivery that is Cheltenham’s hallmark.
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.