Cunard in 2016 will celebrate the worlds of fashion, food, music and dance. The launch of its first Transatlantic Fashion Week, a culinary tour of the British Isles and the largest Big Band Balls at sea, puts the U.K. luxury line at the top of theme cruising. Cunard operates three ships: Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria.
The inaugural Transatlantic Fashion Week voyage arrives in New York on Sept. 8, the day New York Fashion Week 2016 begins, following a seven-night voyage across the Atlantic on board the ocean liner Queen Mary 2.
The voyage will be hosted by a number of significant names from the industry, such as British designer Dame Zandra Rhodes CBE, Colin McDowell, the fashion historian, and commentator Fern Mallis, the founder of New York Fashion Week.
Rhodes, who has dressed some the world’s most iconic stars and musicians, including Freddie Mercury and Jackie Onassis, said: “I’m extremely excited to be joining Cunard on board Queen Mary 2 for the very first Transatlantic Fashion Week, 2016. For me, it offers the opportunity to share my knowledge and wonderful experiences from throughout my career in fashion, and give guests a taste of what my collection has to offer.”
She will reveal designs from her collections, as emerging faces from Storm modeling agency take to the catwalk during the voyage. Alongside these fashion authorities, guests will have the opportunity to meet the designers of the future, as students from one of the world’s number one postgraduate fashion programs, the Royal College of Art, showcase their latest collections on board.
Food lovers can treat themselves to a British Isles Culinary Discovery on board Queen Elizabeth in June next year. The cruise will feature big names from the world of gastronomy, including Charles Sichel of Maison Sichel and Jilly Goolden, English Wine Critic and UK Television personality. Guests will be able to enjoy regional delicacies from around the British Isles through a range of tailored shore-side excursions, hosted on board events and specially curated menus.
Each of the three Cunard Queens will host their very own Big Band Balls in November 2016 for dance and music lovers. Cunard’s biggest orchestras of the year will perform music made famous by Glenn Miller, Count Basie and Duke Ellington. The big band phenomena originated in the U.S. in the 1920s era, and soon took the world by storm by creating the party of all parties. Next year each of the three Queens will look forward to playing host to their own exclusive musical spectaculars.
“These special event voyages will heighten the Cunard ocean travel experience in a uniquely vibrant and memorable way, immersing our guests into the worlds of fashion, high style, the best of British culture, world class cuisine, and the Big Band music and dance experience – all hallmarks of Cunard’s storied legacy,” said Richard meadows, president, Cunard North America.
Here are sample dates and per-person cruise fares for the themed voyages:
Queen Mary 2 – Transatlantic Fashion Week:
Sept. 1 to 8, 2016
Southampton – New York
Fares from $1,349.
Queen Elizabeth – British Isles Culinary Discovery:
June 23 to 5 July 2016
Fares from $2,199.
Queen Mary 2 – Westbound Crossing, Big Band Ball:
Nov. 19 to 26, 2016
Southampton – New York
Fares from $1,149.