Cunard Line have announced this week that they’re launching a unique and unforgettable Transatlantic crossing to coincide with International World Space Week. The October 2017 sailing from New York to Southampton will host a series of expert speakers, sharing the secrets of the universe with guests.
These interesting talks will be amongst a plethora of space-themed events aboard the line’s flagship, Queen Mary 2, during the week-long cruise. The QM2 is home to the only planetarium at sea, making it the perfect place to hold a theoretical expedition into space.
The renowned space experts already confirmed to talk on this unique galactic cruise include:
- Dr Jeffrey Hoffman, NASA Astronaut, Scientist and former Shuttle Pilot
- Charles Barclay from the Royal Astronomical Society
- Stephen Attenborough, Commercial Director of Virgin Galactic
- Ken MacTaggart, NASA Historian
Richard Meadows, President, Cunard North America, enthused: “Throughout history, the Cunard brand has been synonymous with exploration and adventure. We are pleased to offer guests the opportunity to understand, explore and delight in the universe as Queen Mary 2 sails across the Atlantic, giving guests a unique vantage point to discover land, sea and space.”
And not only does the ship’s planetarium offer a selection of three-dimensional tours through the solar system, guests will be able to enjoy the real thing, stretching their legs on the delightfully-appointed open-air decks. Cruising through the Atlantic Ocean, with no light pollution or interference, the journey will provide an unspoiled view of the majesty of the stars.
International World Space Week will commence on 4 October 2017, coinciding with the sailing which launches two days later. The celebratory week has been held every year since its inception in 1999, and has grown into the largest public space event in the world. Almost 2,000 events in 73 different countries celebrated the event in 2015, and the coming years’ celebrations look set to be better than ever.
Cunard are not unfamiliar with one-off enrichment cruises, giving their guests to indulge in their interests during a nautical voyage. The line features a couple of times on our recent round-up of the very best enrichment cruises available, offering popular jazz-themed cruises and wine tours on the seas. Known to do things a little differently, Cunard are dedicated to providing unique and unforgettable experiences for their guests.