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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Cunard celebrates Queen Elizabeth's 5th birthday with Big Band Ball and five nights of music and dancing

Cunard is proud to announce a special sailing from 2-7 October 2015 to mark Queen Elizabeth’s 5th birthday, where guests will be invited take to the dance floor for a Big Band Ball.

On 4 October 2010 Cunard officially took ownership of the company’s youngest ship in the fleet, Queen Elizabeth, and for her 5th birthday the line has organized a party that aims to get everyone “In The Mood...”

Originating from America in the 1920s, the Big Band phenomena took the world by storm, as large band ensembles delighted audiences with electrifying, high energy performances.

During Queen Elizabeth’s 5-night cruise to Amsterdam and Bruges (from Zeebrugge) guests will be invited to relive the heyday of Swing and Jazz at the ship’s own Big Band Ball.

On 3 October, the eve of Queen Elizabeth’s 5th birthday, guests on board can look forward to a classic black tie gala dinner with a specially crafted commemorative menu to mark the occasion.

Then they will be welcomed to the Queens Ballroom by the ship’s 14 piece band, as it strikes up hits from some of the most successful artists of the era including Glenn Miller, Ted Heath, Count Basie and Duke Ellington.  

Vocalists will add material drawn from the back catalogues of Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan and The Rat Pack as well as more recent performers such as Michael Bublé, Jamie Cullum and Harry Connick, Jr. to create the social ball of the year.  Under glittering chandeliers, the band will aim to keep the dance floor filled before guests gather for a midnight countdown to Queen Elizabeth’s official birthday.

“Dancing to a live orchestra in the Queens room is a highlight of our voyages, but this anticipated experience will be heightened to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s special milestone,” said Richard Meadows, president, Cunard, North America.

“Our guests will revel in this glamourous ball, filled with the sounds of the best of Swing and Big Band, a fitting celebration for our youngest Cunarder.”

During the five-night cruise, guests can also enjoy sounds from other eras, including one of the UK’s best tribute 60s acts, The Overtures, noted for performing at Elton John and David Furnish’s civil partnership, who will appear twice.  Historian Eric Flounders will bring the history of Cunard to life as part of the Cunard Insights programme, while acclaimed comedian Mike Miller will add touches of humour.

A Balcony stateroom for the five-night sailing (Q518) starts from $1,298 per person, sailing from Southampton to Amsterdam for an overnight stay and Zeebrugge (for Bruges),  then back to Southampton.

For more information about Queen Elizabeth, or to book a voyage, contact your Travel Consultant, call Cunard Line toll free at 1-800-728-6273, or visit www.cunard.com.

About Cunard Line
Cunard Line, operator of the luxury ocean liners Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth, 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 travellers who seek a civilised adventure and relish the Cunard hallmarks of impeccable White Star Service, gourmet dining and world-class entertainment. Today, Cunard offers the only regularly scheduled trans-Atlantic liner service and continues the legacy of world cruising which it began in 1922.

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