Newly revisioned onboard enrichment program taps stimulating experts and
accomplished visionaries in history, world affairs, science, politics and
VALENCIA, Calif., Aug. 9 /CNW/ -- From thought-provoking conversation to
the opportunity to sail with like-minded guests, Cunard has long been the
preferred line of travellers seeking to broaden their intellectual horizons.
Now, with the introduction of Cunard Insights, the line's newly revisioned
enrichment programme, guests enjoy an even broader range of meaningful, rare
opportunities to interact with acclaimed experts and prominent luminaries.
Delving deeply into a variety of compelling and relevant topics, Cunard
Insights introduces guests to stimulating experts and accomplished visionaries
who reflect the line's heritage of adventure and prestige. Through a series
of lectures, Q&A's, debates, social gatherings, and workshops, guests connect
with personalities who have achieved notable distinction in areas including
history, world affairs, science, politics, arts and literature. The new
Insights programme underscores Cunard's longstanding view that enrichment at
sea should transcend mere entertainment to afford guests a provocative and
rewarding cerebral experience.
"For generations, Cunard has set the standard for onboard enrichment. As
our guests eagerly anticipate and enjoy this aspect of our voyages, we feel a
passionate responsibility to ensure that our programmes are the most dynamic
in the industry and that the experts and lecturers chosen are accomplished,
engaging and approachable," said Carol Marlow, president of Cunard Line.
These informal talks grew in popularity and, today, they comprise an
important part of the daytime activity onboard. Since the launch of Queen
Mary 2 in January 2004, more than 250,000 guests have attended presentations,
interviews and lectures.
This experiential offering is so important to Cunard that a dedicated
manager has been assigned to oversee the selection of more than 500 Cunard
Insights presenters annually. Caroline Mathieson is responsible for
identifying and booking compelling and fascinating speakers from around the
globe to sail aboard Queen Mary 2. "Cunard Insights is the next-generation
enrichment programme," said Mathieson. "Essentially, we've taken a great
programme and expanded the offering, making it broader and brighter. Now,
there really is something for everyone."
Looking for "passion, expertise and personality," Mathieson seeks to
introduce Cunard travelers to numerous Insights speakers on every voyage
through stimulating Q&A's, debates and workshops. Upcoming notable
personalities slated to lecture aboard Queen Mary 2 include:
-- Victoria Tennant -- British actress sailing on the August 9 westbound
-- David Hempleman-Adams -- Polar explorer, mountaineer and author
sailing on the August 23 and September 4 Transatlantic Crossings.
-- John Cleese -- Award-winning British actor/comedian/writer on
the September 4 eastbound Transatlantic Crossing.
-- Dr. Eric Paul Roorda -- Director of the Frank C. Munson Institute of
American Maritime Studies at Mystic Seaport, the Museum of America and
the Sea, in Mystic, Connecticut; a Professor of History and Political
Science at Bellarmine University, where he has taught since 1996.
Sailing on the August 31 four-day Getaway voyage from New York to
-- Jeffrey Hoffman -- former NASA astronaut and currently co-director of
the Massachusetts Space Grant Consortium at MIT's Department of
Aeronautics and Astronautics, sailing on the September 22 westbound
-- Dr. Jean-Pierre Isbouts -- Professor of Culture and Media Studies at
Fielding Graduate University, also an award-winning film-maker and the
author of numerous publications on the art, architecture and music of
the Near East, the Renaissance and the 19th century era. Sailing on
the September 22 westbound Transatlantic Crossing.
-- Frank DeFord -- Emmy(R) Award winning sports commentator sailing on
the eastbound October 7 Transatlantic Crossing.
-- Dr. Susan Humphris -- Senior Scientist and Chair in the Geology and
Geophysics Department at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, she
studies the nature and distribution of sea-floor hot springs and has
authored or co-authored more than 60 scientific papers. She is also
the co-creator of the highly successful Dive and Discover web site
that brings oceanographic expeditions in near real-time to students
and the general public. Sailing on the October 25 westbound
-- Dr. Bradley James Rowe -- Holds a PhD in Applied Eco-Psychology and
Integrated Ecology. Jim lectures on a wide variety of subjects
ranging from coral reef ecology and SCUBA diving theory to human
physiology, the history of Costa Rica, Panama and the Panama Canal,
Caribbean Cultural history, Central American history, national psyche
of Latin American countries, ocean rescue, river guide training, swift
water rescue, wilderness first responder training and other subjects.
Sailing on the October 25 westbound Transatlantic Crossing.
-- Lynn Truss -- Bestselling Author ("Eats, Shoots and Leaves") sailing
on the October 25 westbound Transatlantic Crossing.
-- Dr. Jerry Labriola -- Practiced medicine for 35 years and was an
Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut Medical School.
A Yale graduate and former Chief of Staff at a major teaching
hospital, he also served as state senator; ran for Lt. Governor and
Governor of Connecticut; and for the United States Senate. Dr.
Labriola is the author of seven mystery novels and co-author with
renowned forensic scientist, Dr. Henry Lee, of three books: Famous
Crimes Revisited, Dr. Henry Lee's Forensic Files, and The Budapest
Connection. Sailing on the October 31 Connoisseur's Caribbean voyage.
-- Professor Anthony Grayling -- Fellow of the World Economic Forum, a
teacher at Birkbeck College, University of London, the author of many
books on philosophy and a frequent broadcaster on the BBC. He is also
a frequent contributor to the press in the UK, writing a column for
the Guardian newspaper and The Times, and appearing often in the
review and editorial pages of the Independent, the Observer, the New
Statesman, the Financial Times, and the Literary Review. Voyage date
to be confirmed.
According to Marlow, offering enrichment onboard ocean liner voyages came
about organically. "Traditionally, Cunard has attracted the world's most
well-educated and intrepid passengers. Dating back to the days of the
original Queen Mary, several guests, including distinguished notables such as
Winston Churchill or Cole Porter, engaged in informal talks to their fellow
travelers as a way of entertaining themselves," said Marlow. "Just as the
crew would organize deck games, lessons on etiquette and talent shows, guests
enjoyed sharing their knowledge and experiences with one another."
Former lecturers and luminaries have included Film Critic Leonard Maltin,
Academy Award(R) winning Actor Richard Dreyfuss, Bestselling Author ("The
Diana Chronicles") Tina Brown and her husband, literary notable Sir Harold
Evans, Helen Gurley Brown, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Afghan Ambassador to the US,
Said Jawad, Academy Award(R) winning Composer Bill Conti, Art Linkletter and
such acclaimed authors as PD James, Alexander McCall Smith, Frank McCourt and
To learn more about the upcoming schedule of speakers for Cunard
Insights, visit http://www.cunard.com and search for a specific voyage
itinerary. For more information and reservations, contact your travel
professional, call 1-800-7-CUNARD or go to http://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
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
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