History Buffs, Star Gazers, Bestselling Novelists and Broadcasters Headline Cunard Insights This Summer and Autumn

    Renowned Maritime Historians and Experts Lecture aboard QE2's Final
    Crossings during October Tandem Crossings with Queen Mary 2

    SOUTHAMPTON, England, July 15 /CNW/ -- Already considered the finest
onboard enrichment programme in the industry, Cunard Line's intellectual
pedigree will be further established this summer and autumn with a Cunard
Insights line-up featuring history buffs, star gazers, bestselling authors and
broadcast personalities aboard Queen Mary 2's celebrated Transatlantic voyages
and aboard QE2's final Crossings. A special highlight will be the ships'
October tandem Crossings and the inclusion of renowned maritime historians and
experts lecturing aboard QE2 during these historic voyages.  Insights
lecturers on these Crossings include:
    QE2: October 10, Southampton-New York:
    -- Bill Miller -- Famed author and maritime historian Bill Miller is
considered an international authority on the subject of ocean liners and
cruise ships, having written 70 such books. Among his many other titles, he is
the adjunct curator of the Ocean Liner Council at New York's South Street
Seaport Museum, the assistant editor of Ocean & Cruise News and created the
ship database for the Ellis Island Museum.  He received the National Maritime
History Award in 1994 and the Silver Riband Award in 2005.  During this
voyage, he will provide a series of lectures on the great liners of the 20th
    -- Ted Scull -- A New York-based author, travel writer and lecturer
specializing in maritime subjects, railway history and New York City, he has
been sailing on Cunard passenger ships since 1964.  Among his four
presentations, one will pay special tribute to QE2, the longest serving
    -- Sir Michael Parker -- Longtime organizer for Royal and National events
including Her Majesty The Queen's Silver and Golden Jubilees, and the
anniversaries of VE and VJ Day.
    QE2: October 16, New York-Southampton
    -- Jennie Bond -- BBC broadcaster and journalist, and former Royal
    -- Stephen Payne -- Being appointed as new build project manager and lead
architect for Cunard's Queen Mary 2 was, in Payne's view, the greatest and
most prestigious assignment that any naval architect could wish for.  Among
his lectures on ocean liner history, he will present an illustrated history of
famous Cunarders.
    Queen Mary 2: October 10, Southampton-New York
    -- Barry Brown -- Film historian and former BBC TV producer, he will
present a series of lectures about some of cinema's most beloved luminaries
including Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, Gene Kelly, Clint Eastwood, David Niven,
Ingrid Bergman and Alfred Hitchcock. (Brown is also sailing on the ship's
October 16 Transatlantic Crossing.)
    -- Derek Fraser -- Modern British historian will speak about key Prime
Ministers in recent history. (Fraser is also lecturing aboard Queen Mary 2's
July 16 and July 22 Crossings.)
    Queen Mary 2: October 16, New York-Southampton
    -- Lynn Truss -- Bestselling author of "Eats, Shoots, Leaves: The Zero
Tolerance Approach to Punctuation" and "Talk to the Hand: The Utter Bloody
Rudeness of the World Today" will share her witty take on these themes.
    -- Eric Dolin -- Author of eight books, he will lecture on the history of
whaling in America.
    -- David Whitehouse -- Noted author, astronomer and Royal Astronomical
Society Fellow, he is the United Kingdom's most well known broadcast
commentator on science, including frequent appearances on BBC News and Sky
News.  He will present compelling lectures about the sun, the moon, the
universe and space.
    "A Transatlantic Crossing is a pinnacle travel experience for the
scholarly Cunard guest who is captivated by the Golden Age of Ocean Travel,"
said Carol Marlow, president of Cunard Line.  "At Cunard, we deliver on this
promise through a dynamic and carefully researched programme of speakers who
are among the most highly regarded authorities in their respective fields."
    Highlights of upcoming Cunard Insights programmes and speakers on Queen
Mary 2's Transatlantic Crossings include:
    -- Steve Rivellino -- July 15
    A leading producer in theater and former vice president and general
manager of New York's Radio City Music Hall.
    -- John Maxtone-Graham -- August 13
    Renowned maritime historian and speaker.
    -- Royal Astronomical Society -- August 13 and November 15
    A new Cunard partnership with RAS brings "star parties" on deck and
compelling lectures on topics including the "Big Bang" theory and the nature
of black holes.
    -- A Tribute to Bob Hope featuring Linda Hope -- September 4
    Linda Hope, daughter of the iconic entertainer, will share an intimate
look inside the life of her world-famous father.  Her appearance is in advance
of the first-ever Bob Hope Estate Charity Auction.
    -- Margaret Atwood -- August 27
    Author of 40 books in genres ranging from fiction and poetry to literary
    -- Boston Symphony Chamber Players -- September 4
    BSO artistic administrator Anthony Fogg joins a distinguished group of
Chamber Players for special performances and musical insights.
    -- Joanne Harris -- September 21
    Bestselling author of "Chocolat" and her first book geared toward young
adults, "Runemarks".
    -- Giancarlo Impiglia -- October 4
    Italian painter, sculptor, art historian and lecturer, whose work can be
found onboard Queen Mary 2.
    Cunard has long been synonymous with onboard enrichment.  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 Insights
programme underscores Cunard's longstanding view that onboard entertainment
should afford guests a provocative and rewarding cerebral experience.
    For more information and reservations about Cunard, 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, QE2 and
Queen Victoria 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(TM), fine dining, sophisticated adventure, the legacy of
historic voyages and transatlantic travel.
    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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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, andriano@redpointpr.com, or Cindy
Adams, adams@redpointpr, both of Redpoint Marketing PR, +1-212-229-0119, for
Cunard Line

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