Cunardia, the First Permanent Cunard Museum at Sea, Tells the Story of the Company's Trio of 20th Century Queens



    
    From Service in World War II to its trademarked White Star Service(TM),
    Exhibit onboard Queen Victoria will Celebrate the Line's Incomparable
    Legacy

    Retired Commodore Ronald Warwick to Serve as Honorary Curator
    

    VALENCIA, Calif., Nov. 6 /CNW/ -- Heart-felt anecdotes and historic
artifacts related to Cunard Line's three 20th century Queens are captured in
Cunardia, the museum exhibit that is poised to become one of Queen Victoria's
most captivating features.  Scheduled to launch this December, Queen Victoria
is the first Cunard ship to carry a fully curated exhibit of Cunard
memorabilia, artifacts and vintage souvenirs including Queen Mary's log book
and her historic Zig Zag clock - the vital timekeeping device that prevented
World War II U-Boat attacks against the famed liner.
    Masterfully created by the Open Agency, the same team of researchers and
designers responsible for several other popular Cunard exhibits and
publications, Cunardia tells the story of Queen Mary (1936), Queen Elizabeth
(1940) and Queen Elizabeth 2 (1969).  Through five engaging storylines, the
exhibit explores:

    -- Creating a Queen, showcasing the histories of the iconic ocean liners

    
    -- A Queen's Day, tracing a "typical day" at sea from the perspective of
       both passenger and crew member
    

    
    -- Queens at War, featuring the role of the Queens as troop carriers
       during World War II and the Falklands War in 1982
    

    
    -- Queens Do Not Race, an in-depth history of the Atlantic Blue Riband
       highlighted by a life-size replica of the famed Hales Trophy
    

    
    -- Inspired by a Queen, detailing the Queens' far-reaching impact on many
       aspects of creativity
    
    Harnessing Cunard's rich image archive and the latest audio-visual
technology and contemporary display design, the exhibit immerses guests in the
Line's unparalleled history.
    In addition, retired Commodore Ronald Warwick, former Master of Queen
Mary 2 and QE2, will serve as Honorary Curator of the Cunard Queens exhibit.
Warwick, an avid Cunard historian, was a natural choice, not only due to his
own place in the Cunard family, but also because his father, Captain William
E. Warwick, captained Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth and QE2.  Interestingly,
Commodore Warwick has traced the history of all Cunard captains and he and his
father are the only father-and-son captains in the Line's 168-year history.
    "I am delighted to accept the invitation to become Cunardia's first
Honorary Curator, particularly as the exhibit focuses on Cunard's Queens.  I
look forward to sharing the illustrious history of these renowned ocean liners
with Cunard enthusiasts sailing aboard Queen Victoria," said Warwick.
    "The excitement surrounding this exhibit is unprecedented," says Carol
Marlow, president of Cunard Line.  "Anecdotes, artifacts and memorabilia
continue to pour in - a stirring testament to Cunard's singular place in the
hearts of maritime enthusiasts around the world."  To tap this interest, the
Open Agency conducted extensive research within Cunard's own archives and
issued public appeals to past guests, crew and renowned Cunard collectors in
both the United States and Great Britain.  According to Martyn Routledge of
the Open Agency, "the timing is ideal as most guests and crew of Queen Mary
and Queen Elizabeth are now in their 80's or older and are extremely proud of
their Cunard experience and eager to share their memories."

    
    Among the most significant pieces to be exhibited are:
    -- A copy of the Hales Trophy awarded to the winner of the Atlantic Blue
       Riband. Although Queen Mary broke the speed record in 1936 and held it
       unchallenged from 1938-1952, Cunard Line refused to accept the award on
       the grounds that the Line still followed Samuel Cunard's mandate to his
       captains in 1840 to put safety before speed at all times.
    

    
    -- A zig-zag clock from Queen Mary during her wartime service.  The clock
       was kept on the Bridge to alert navigators as to when to change
       direction during the operation known as zig-zagging.  Regularly
       changing course was a tactic designed to confuse U-boats.  Hitler had
       put a price on the ship as a target and as a trophy of war.
    
    Other exhibits include a section of Queen Mary's deck rail carved with
the initials of some GIs who contributed to her unbroken record of carrying
the largest number of people on a ship; the first log book of Queen Mary
(handwritten by Sir Edgar Britten, Captain during her maiden voyage);
collections of never-before-published images illustrating the celebrity hey-
day of Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth; detailed ship models and souvenirs;
artifacts and stories related to the "Cunard Yanks," the young crew who
brought back the latest New York fashions in clothing and music to post-war
Britain.
    While focusing on Cunard's 20th century history, Cunardia also gives a
nod to the present with exhibit references to Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria,
including the cork from the bottle of prosecco that was broken over Queen
Victoria's bow by Maureen Ryan as the ship met open water for the first time.
With its typical flair for tradition and ceremony, Cunard chose Ryan, the only
known person to have served on four Queens, to serve as the ship's godmother
during Queen Victoria's float-out celebration.  Similarly, in December, Her
Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall will perform the naming of the ship,
joining a long line of royals who have launched a Cunard liner.
    
    About Queen Victoria
    
    The 90,000-ton Queen Victoria will offer the very best of the heritage
and traditions of Cunard Line, along with all modern day luxuries including
some exciting innovations.  These will include the first traditional West
End-style private boxes at sea in the Royal Court Theatre, the first Cunardia
museum exhibit at sea, housing Cunard artifacts and memorabilia along with the
first two-storey library at sea featuring an elegant spiral staircase.  The
ship will also feature the Line's celebrated Queens Grill and Princess Grill
accommodations and dining, further enhanced on Queen Victoria with an
exclusive deck terrace and an al fresco dining option.
    From the outside, her distinctive black and red livery will hint at the
sophistication that differentiates a Cunard liner.  This will be most evident
in the ship's adherence to liner traditions of the past, with elegant public
rooms, many on a grand scale, featuring rich wood paneling, intricate mosaics
and gleaming chandeliers.  There will also be a grand, colonial-style
conservatory complete with a retractable glass roof.
    As well as being the second largest Cunarder ever built, Queen Victoria's
arrival is particularly noteworthy as it will mark the first time that three
Cunard Queens have been in service together in the company's 168-year history
(she joins the world's grandest liner, Queen Mary 2 and the world's most
famous and best-loved liner, QE2).
    For more information about Cunard or Queen Victoria, contact your travel
professional, call 1-800-7-CUNARD or go to www.cunard.com.
    
    About Cunard Line
    
    Cunard Line, operator of the luxury ocean liners Queen Mary 2 and QE2,
has long been synonymous with the quest for new discoveries and the epitome of
British refinement since the company's first paddle-wheeled steamer,
Britannia, crossed the Atlantic in 1840.  Cunard voyages bring together like-
minded travelers who relish the Cunard hallmarks of impeccable White Star
Service(SM), fine dining, sophisticated adventure, the legacy of historic
voyages and transatlantic travel.  Queen Victoria joins the fleet in December
2007.
    Cunard Line is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines.  The
exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line,
Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises and The Yachts of Seabourn.  Sharing a passion
to please each guest, and a commitment to quality and value, member lines
appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets.  Together they offer
exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable
destinations.




For further information:

For further information: Jackie Chase, +1-661-753-1035, 
jchase@cunard.com, or Brian O'Connor, +1-661-753-1060,  boconnor@cunard.com,
both of Cunard Line; or Maria Andriano, +1-212-229-0119, 
andriano@redpointpr.com, or Cindy Adams, +1-212-229-0119, 
adams@redpointpr.com, both of Redpoint Marketing PR, for Cunard

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