Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Pond Crossing on Queen Mary 2 for Oscar Folk

Cunard Line will award 100 Academy Award® Presenters and Performers with a six-day transatlantic crossing for two aboard Queen Mary 2. To be included within the coveted Academy gift bags, the voyages include a Queen’s Grill suite with private butler, as well as dining in Queen’s Grill and access to the exclusive Queen’s Grill lounge, Queen’s Grill concierge and sun terrace. Cunard is partnering with MAXJet, which will provide private jet service to the port of embarkation.

Cunard’s presence at the 78th Annual Academy Awards is a logical extension of the Line’s interest in and commitment to the arts. Among her wide range of onboard enrichment programs, Queen Mary 2 offers workshops, lessons and presentations by the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, which enable passengers to not only watch the stars of tomorrow in person, but actually study the skills of acting with them.

“For more than a century, Cunard has had a starring role in the world of filmmaking and theater, as film and stage personalities from both sides of the Atlantic have made Cunard their line-of-choice,” said Carol Marlow, President and Managing Director of Cunard Line.

In its illustrious history, Cunard has hosted countless entertainers, royalty, and society luminaries aboard its fleet of liners. Earlier Cunard “Queens” have welcomed such famous personalities as Elizabeth Taylor, Rita Hayworth, Marlene Dietrich, Cary Grant, Bing Crosby, and Clark Gable who enjoyed Cunard’s White Star ServiceSM when crossing the Atlantic aboard a Cunard ship was considered the only way to travel.

Since Queen Mary 2’s launch in January 2004, she has continued to play host to many notable guests such as John Cleese, Katie Couric, Richard Dreyfuss, Carly Simon, Rod Stewart, Tina Brown and Harold Evans, Donald Trump, and Dame Shirley Bassey, while eminent visitors have included Her Majesty The Queen, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Senator Hillary Clinton.

Cunard Line has operated the most famous ocean liners in the world since 1840. Cunard vessels have a classic British heritage and include the legendary Queen Elizabeth 2 and Queen Mary 2. Queen Victoria joins the fleet in 2007.

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, Windstar 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 destinations.