VALENCIA, Calif., April 9, 2019 /CNW/ -- Today at Seatrade Cruise Global in Miami Beach, FL, luxury cruise line Cunard announced new details of the partnership with famed fashion brand Badgley Mischka along with exciting news on the line's 2020 Alaska itineraries.
At today's press conference, designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka spoke to the Cunard press attendees via video to make the announcement that they will be designing a capsule collection exclusively for Cunard. Badgley Mischka is slated to headline Cunard's 2020 Transatlantic Fashion Crossing on flagship liner Queen Mary 2, departing Southampton, England on May 24, 2020. The capsule collection, consisting of formal wear and casual resort wear, will be available to purchase onboard during the voyage. Badgley Mischka will also be debuting their 2021 resort collection in a runway show onboard – the first time a fashion collection has been launched on a Cunard ship.
The annual Transatlantic Fashion Crossing is just one of many special event cruises from Cunard, bringing to life the worlds of fashion, astronomy, genealogy, dance and much more, to guests onboard.
In other exciting news, Cunard announced their youngest ship Queen Elizabeth will visit Glacier Bay as part of the 2020 program in Alaska. In May 2019 Cunard's modern fleet will sail in Alaska for the first time, and due to high demand, the line will spend a full season in the region next year, offering round trip voyages out of Vancouver from June through September 2020.
Josh Leibowitz, SVP Cunard North America, gave an update on the state of business asserting that "Cunard's focus continues to be on increasing North American sourcing on our journey to doubling business from this part of the world. We will be offering more deployment in 2020 for North America and homeporting in Vancouver and New York." On the East Coast, Queen Mary 2 will spend more time in New England and Canada, with departures out of New York, making calls in Boston, Québec City, Newport and more. On the West Coast, Queen Elizabeth will offer departures out of Vancouver and sail down to San Francisco and Los Angeles, offering a rare overnight on July Fourth.
On April 10, Leibowitz, who also holds the position of Chief Strategy Officer at Carnival Corporation, will give a talk on Vacation Advocacy at Seatrade Cruise Global. He will discuss the latest market research and unearth key learnings on vacation habits from around the world. His talk will offer insight as to how to drive demand in the cruise industry which is poised to grow at 7% over the next five years bringing in seven million more guests annually.
Cunard is the operator of luxury cruise ships Queen Mary 2®, Queen Victoria® and Queen Elizabeth®. Renowned for impeccable White Star Service, gourmet dining and world-class entertainment, all three Queens offer luxury accommodations in Britannia, Britannia Club, Princess Grill Suite and Queens Grill Suite staterooms. Cunard is the only line to offer regularly scheduled Transatlantic service between New York and London, and it continues to celebrate the freedom of travel on exciting World Voyage and Grand Voyage itineraries that visit Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Asia and Australia.
Awarded '#1 Mega-Ship Ocean Cruise Line' by Travel + Leisure's 2018, 2017 and 2016 World's Best Awards and 'Best Service,' 'Best Onboard Enrichment' and 'Best World Cruise' by Porthole Cruise Magazine's 2018 Readers Choice Awards, Cunard is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines, a part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), the largest cruise vacation company in the world. Together Cunard, Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, P&O Cruises (Australia) and P&O Cruises (UK) operate 102 ships visiting over 700 ports around the world and totaling 226,000 lower berths.
About Seatrade Cruise Global
Seatrade Cruise Global 2019 is taking place 8-11 April 2019 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The exhibition is the leading annual global b2b event for the cruise industry. Bringing together buyers and suppliers for a four-day conference and three-day exhibition, the gathering draws more than 11,000 registered attendees, over 700 exhibiting companies from 113 countries and more than 300 international journalists to become the cruise industry's epicenter of ideas, products and services. A who's who of the industry participate in a comprehensive panel of discussions featuring experts, leaders and thought-makers including the State of the Global Cruise Industry Keynote with the chief executives of the world's largest cruise companies. Seatrade is organized by UBM, which in June 2018 combined with Informa PLC to become a leading B2B information services group and the largest B2B Events organizer in the world.