Luxury cruise line, Cunard, has announced a series of event voyages guests can enjoy in 2024, from sports legends to award-winning authors, the event voyages offer guests the opportunity to sail with some of the greatest talents in sports, entertainment and art.
Curated in partnership with Cheltenham Festivals, the Olivier Awards, and the National Symphony Orchestra, these one-of-a-kind voyages blend live performances with Q&As and hands-on demonstrations to truly immerse guests in the things they love most. Guests can celebrate the spoken word with like-minded literature lovers or share their passion for theatre. Enjoy seeing the professionals on stage, or join them for an interactive workshop, a probing panel discussion, or an informal meet and greet.
Great Australian Culinary Voyage
Good food, fine wine and unforgettable company. Setting sail in January 2024, Cunard’s Great Australian Culinary Voyage offers a unique opportunity. Indulge your love of all things food and wine, while at the same time enjoying a summer voyage on Queen Elizabeth. This seven-night sailing from Melbourne, visiting Hobart and Adelaide, celebrates everything that’s special about Australia’s culinary scene. Listen and learn as some of Australia’s most loved chefs, producers, and food critics shine a spotlight on the wonders of Australian cuisine. Taste exceptional dishes. Learn about local produce. Sample beautiful wines. You can also make the most of chances to immerse yourself in the local food scene, on one of Cunard’s Shore Experiences. Plus, the icing on the cake; treat your tastebuds to an explosion of flavour with exclusive dishes created by talented Australian food icons including Karen Martini. This Cunard voyage is set to be one you’ll never forget.
Big Band Ball
Glenn Miller. The Rat Pack. Harry Connick Jr. The music of the Big Band scene is nothing short of iconic. On this extraordinary Cunard voyage, sailing on Queen Elizabeth, dance and music lovers from all over gather to celebrate the magnificent Swing era. Spend days at sea perfecting your steps for the nights ahead, at expert-led dance classes, or why not find a spot in a lounge, and enjoy the variety of live music across your ship? British singer and pianist Joe Stilgoe and Cunard’s own skilled musicians come together to perform renditions of the Big Band songs you know and love, all culminating in one spectacular evening. Put your glad rags on and make your way to your ship’s Queens Room, where a swinging 18-piece orchestra is set up to transport you back to another time. You could simply sit and toe-tap, signature Cunard cocktail in hand, or maybe you’ll be tempted to get up, swaying and twirling to the music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, and Frank Sinatra. Not forgetting their modern-day counterparts, the likes of Michael Buble and Jamie Cullum. Make incredible memories on this Cunard voyage that’s sure to be like no other, all while taking in Japan’s enticing ports as you sail.
Queen Mary II 400th Transatlantic Crossing
Experience a historic anniversary on Queen Mary 2 as she sails her 400th Transatlantic Crossing, having sailed her first 20 years ago in 2004 on her maiden voyage. To mark this extra special crossing, you’ll be joined by some fascinating maritime historians. Attend talks and listen as they share tales and anecdotes about this historic journey, that Cunard ships have been making since 1840. Enjoy themed celebrations, on top of the signature Cunard experiences that you can always count on. Sparkling Gala Evenings. Afternoon Tea served by white-gloved waiters. Cocktails inspired by seven of our celebrated Commodores. Whether you want to be part of maritime history, or just travel the Atlantic like Hollywood’s finest, don’t miss your chance to experience this unique voyage.
Anthony Inglis and the National Symphony Orchestra
Be immersed in a world of classical music, brought to you by eminent maestro Anthony Inglis and the UK’s National Symphony Orchestra. With two unforgettable evening performances in your ship’s Royal Court Theatre, this 15th anniversary sailing is one you won’t want to miss. Start the week with a concert of all-American music, including Gershwin’s evergreen Rhapsody in Blue. Then, celebrate the Best of British with a special evening filled with passion, colour, and entertainment. Away from the stage, you’ll be invited to listen in as Inglis talks candidly about his career. A chance to rehearse with the choir is another voyage highlight, offering you the opportunity to put your own vocal strengths to the test with the best, and join the group performance during the evening’s show.
Sporting Greats and Wellness Voyage
Celebrate your love of sport with some of Australia’s most iconic sporting superstars, on Cunard’s inaugural Sporting Greats & Wellness Voyage in 2024. Sailing from Sydney on Queen Elizabeth, this 7-night voyage includes a stellar line-up of Australian sporting talent. Hear from living legends in live Q&As. Relive edge-of-your-seat moments in panel discussions. And find out what it takes to be a top-flight athlete at the peak of your game. With the chance to holiday among Australia’s sporting greats, this first-of-its-kind voyage is an unmissable escape for sports fans. Unwind with tailored entertainment and White Star service on board your Cunard ship. Or put your own sporting skills to the test in one their classes or workshops. From deck sports and aerobics classes to table tennis and dance tutorials, you’ll find plenty of ways to finesse your fitness on board with Cunard. You can also stay active on port calls to Tasmania and Melbourne, perhaps even upping the adrenaline with one of their sports themed Shore Experiences.
Guests will find plenty of opportunities to mix and mingle with these special guests. Some voyages even offer you the chance to sit in on rehearsals, giving you a rare glimpse at what goes on behind the scenes. All this is on top of the signature Cunard touches you can always look forward to. Blending one-of-a-kind experiences with unique live performances, an Event Voyage on a Cunard Queen is a holiday like no other.