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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Sir David Frost leads Cunard Insights lineup

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Media icon to lecture on 27 July Transatlantic Crossing aboard Queen Mary 2

Accommodation still available, featuring Complimentary Double Upgrades*

Cunard Line has announced that Sir David Frost, perhaps the best known television interviewer in the world and famed for his “Nixon Interviews,” will lecture aboard Queen Mary 2’s 27 July Transatlantic Crossing as part of Cunard Insights, the company’s award-winning on board enrichment programme.
Accommodation is still available on this voyage, and guests who book now can take advantage of

Complimentary Double Upgrades.*

Frost’s career has been so diverse that he has been described as a “one-man conglomerate:”  He is the host and creator of
That Was the Week That Was, producer of countless television programmes and of eight films, has received major accolades including two Emmy® awards and the BAFTA Fellowship, and was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen in 1993.

Insights speakers scheduled to sail this summer include author Lynne Truss, former BBC war reporter Martin Bell and former U.S. Ambassador Howard Walker.

Cunard Insights
is a unique on board enrichment programme that features lectures by prominent speakers in the fields of history, science, politics and the arts.  Past speakers include South African activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu, American astronaut Buzz Aldrin, film director Baz Luhrmann of “Romeo and Juliet” and “The Great Gatsby” fame, and the award-winning author of “Ragtime” and “The Book of Daniel,” E.L. Doctorow.

“Cunarders are curious and passionate about a broad range of subjects, and we are pleased to offer such intellectually stimulating and engaging programmes,” said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line.  “Our Insights presentations are a significant aspect of the Cunard experience, and our guests demonstrate their enthusiasm with often standing-room only attendance.”

Speakers sailing between July and
September include:
Barry Brown  Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman George McGhee
27 July Barry Brown – Born and educated in Australia, Barry Brown is creator of “The Hollywood Greats,” a series of star profiles presented by British film critic Barry Norman.  Additionally, Brown worked for the Australian Broadcasting Commission where he appeared on both radio and television, and joined BBC TV in 1968 where he specialised in magazine programs and documentaries about movies.  (Queen Mary 2 Westbound Transatlantic Crossing)

27 July – Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman – A former NASA astronaut, Hoffman made five space flights and was the first astronaut to log 1,000  hours of flight time aboard the Space Shuttle. He has performed four spacewalks, including the first unplanned contingency spacewalk in NASA’s history, and the initial/repair rescue mission for the Hubble Space Telescope.  Since 2001 he has held the position of Professor of Aerospace Engineering in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he teaches courses on space operations and design and space policy.  (Queen Mary 2 Westbound Transatlantic Crossing)

3 August George McGhee – McGhee is a former programming executive for the BBC.  During his 30-year career in TV and entertainment, McGhee met several of Hollywood’s “Greats,” including Ginger Rogers, Anthony Quinn, Ann Miller, Alice Faye, Douglas Fairbanks Junior, Peggy Lee and Bette Davis among others.  (Queen Victoria North Cape Discovery II Voyage) 

Martin Bell John Maxtone-Graham Ambassador Howard Walker
14 August Martin Bell – Known as “The Man in the White Suit” due to his extensive white suit wardrobe, Martin Bell is an award-winning broadcaster and war reporter who began his career with BBC in 1962.  Bell has covered 11 conflicts including Vietnam, the Middle East, Nigeria, Angola and Northern Ireland, and reported from 80 countries.  Bell was recently appointed UNICEF Ambassador for Humanitarian Emergencies.  (Queen Elizabeth Mediterranean Gems Voyage) 

21 August – John Maxtone-Graham – A favourite Insights speaker, Maxtone-Graham is considered one of the world’s foremost experts in maritime history, and has written three Cunard histories plus a comprehensive book about Queen Mary 2.  (Queen Mary 2 Westbound Transatlantic Crossing)

28 August – Ambassador Howard Walker – During his 33-year diplomatic career, Ambassador Walker served as U.S. Ambassador to Madagascar, Togo, and The Federal and Islamic Republic of The Comoros.  Ambassador Walker has written about foreign policy for newspapers and journals, and taught courses on diplomacy and international relations at universities in Washington, Rome and South Africa where he was Fulbright Visiting Professor at The University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University.  (Queen Mary 2 Eastbound Transatlantic Crossing)

Tom Boles Lynne Truss Captain Howard Deck
14 September Tom Boles – Boles, a British astronomer, author and computer engineer, currently holds a world record in spotting the most supernovae (stellar explosions) by one person, at 125 spottings.  In 2003 Boles was touted as one of the "most successful exploding star hunters in history."  (Queen Mary 2 Iberian Highlights Voyage)

14 September Lynne Truss – Truss is best known for her bestselling books: “Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation” and “Talk to the Hand: The Utter Bloody Rudeness of the World Today.”  Truss is a former newspaper columnist, radio dramatist, TV critic and a sports writer.  In October 2009 she published her book about her experience as a sportswriter, “Get Her Off the Pitch!”  (Queen Mary 2 Westbound Transatlantic Crossing)

14 September – Captain Howard Deck – A Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, having flown and trained pilots for British Airways for 35 years. (Queen Mary 2 Westbound Transatlantic Crossing)

For more information about Cunard Insights, or to book a voyage, consult your travel agent, call Cunard toll-free 1-800-728-6273, or visit www.cunard.com.

* Complimentary Double Upgrade offer is based on reserving a Balcony stateroom (category B5 – sheltered) for the price of an Inside stateroom (category D8).  FARES ARE CRUISE ONLY, NON-REFUNDABLE, NON-AIR, PER PERSON, BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY, SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY, CAPACITY CONTROLLED. STATEROOM ASSIGNMENT IS NOT AVAILABLE AT THE TIME OF BOOKING. BOOKING WILL BE ON A "GUARANTEE" STATUS. CUNARD CARE AND CUNARD AIR/SEA PROGRAMME ARE NOT AVAILABLE WITH THIS PROMOTION. OFFER EXCLUDES SELECT CATEGORIES. Balcony stateroom on QUEEN MARY 2 may have an obstructed view. Additional stateroom categories may be available at higher fares. This offer applies to lower berth passengers and is available to residents of the United States of America, Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, only. Full payment is due at time of booking. This fare is 100% non-refundable once payment is made. Name changes and waitlists not allowed. Offer may not be combinable with other discounts, including On Board Credits. This offer is available for new individual bookings only and is available from May 31, 2012 5:00 am Pacific Time - June 6, 2012 5:00 pm Pacific Time. Cunard reserves the right to impose a fuel supplement of up to $9 per person per day on all passengers if the NYMEX oil price exceeds $70 per barrel, even if fares have been paid in full. Transfers to/from ship/hotel are not included in fares. Please refer to the applicable Cunard Line brochure or cunard.com for terms, conditions and definitions which apply to the booking. Fares are quoted in U.S. Dollars. Offer is not transferable and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Fares are only available by calling Cunard reservations at 1-800-728-6273. Certain restrictions apply. Ship's registry: Bermuda © Cunard 2012. The CUNARD logo and logotype are registered trademarks of Carnival plc, an English company trading as Cunard Line. QUEEN MARY 2 and Cunard Insights are trademarks owned by CUNARD. All rights reserved in the United States and other countries. 

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