Cunard’s flagship ocean liner Queen Mary 2 returned to her homeport of New York for her 2018 Transatlantic Season. Following her World Cruise season, QM2 will resume her regularly-scheduled service across the Atlantic, a route that began 178 years ago.
Traveling by sea between New York and England, for seven nights in the North Atlantic, passengers have the time to explore passions, crafts, creative expression, and work on projects that range from journal writing and sketching, to polishing screenplays, musical scores, and more.
Celebrities, writers, and artists who have sailed on QM2’s Transatlantic Crossings include songwriter, music producer, and actor Ed Sheeran who sailed from New York to England and wrote parts of his latest hit album “Divide;” filmmaking director and screenwriter Wes Anderson, who wrote much of his movie “Isle of Dogs;” and Francis Ford Coppola who boarded the liner to put the final touches on his book “The Godfather Notebook.”
“Over the past year, Cunard has seen an incredible demand for our product and experience from regions around the world, with double-digit growth within the North American market,” said Josh Leibowitz, senior vice president of Cunard North America. “The unique opportunity to step away from day to day life and feel inspired, enriched, and revitalized is one of the reasons passenger feedback continues to be among the best in the industry.”
Christened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2004, Queen Mary 2 has hosted numerous royals on board and is excited to host travelers heading to London to get a glimpse of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding site, tour St. Mary’s Hospital, where the newest prince was just born, and enjoy the excitement that a new generation of royals ushers in.
Guests can choose from a multitude of activities onboard from wine tasting and mixology to painting, fencing, and ballroom dancing lessons, to exploring the largest library afloat or pondering the mysteries of the universe in the only planetarium at sea.
Cunard’s Insights program offers experts from various industries on every voyage, holding workshops and Q&As throughout the trip. This year Cunard is offering special event Crossings throughout the season including collaborations with Ancestry.com, NY Fashion Week, and International Space Week.
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