Cruise lines explore new forms of on-board entertainment
Sunday 07 February 2010
Cruise line Cunard has announced that it is to launch a lecture series on board its transatlantic crossings from April.
Guests on board the Queen Mary 2 will be invited to attend lectures by ambassadors, statesmen, politicians, journalists, academics and broadcasters on the "special relationship" between the US and the UK.
Speakers are to include Iwan Morgan, professor of U.S. Studies at the University of London, Kenneth T. Walsh, the chief White House correspondent for U.S. News & World Report, and Jeffrey Weinberg, legislative attorney to the Whitehouse Office of Management and Budget under the past seven Presidents.
"When Cunard began its Transatlantic liner service 170 years ago, it began a tradition of bridging the United Kingdom and the United States. With this programme, we will bring to life and explore the historical connection between these two countries with our guests, who have expressed great interest in the subject," said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line.
Cruise lines are constantly innovating to keep guests entertained, particularly during long ocean-going voyages that do not involve port stops. On-board amenities such as theaters, cinemas, nightclubs and ballrooms are now commonplace on most cruise ships to supplement the on-board restaurants and bars.
Princess Cruises has also announced that it will feature lectures on board cruises departing next week - themed around Valentine's Day. The "Romance Summit" on board the Crown Princess is to feature US TV's The Bachelorette's Trista and Ryan Sutter, The Dating Diva Dee Frazier and Huffington Post contributor Anna Post.
The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations
- 1 The BBC has just done more to eradicate ‘terrorism’ than all our wars since 9/11
- 2 Dog thinks owner is drowning in lake, dives in and tries to pull him out
- 4 Chilling drone footage captures Auschwitz ahead of 70th anniversary of liberation
- 5 Phil Neville backtracks on Tomas Rosicky 'I'd smash him' comments from Match of the Day 2
Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
Inside Travel: Greece 2015 Q&A - should we cancel our Greek holiday? Are our flights safe? And what will we be spending there?
The 10 Best lightweight luggage
The 10 Best hiking boots
Australia Day 2015: Best alternative places to visit
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd
Leaked documents show Ukip leaders approve NHS privatisation once it becomes more 'acceptable to the electorate'
£21000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Located on the stunning Sandban...
£26 - 35k (DOE): Guru Careers: An Email Marketing Specialist is needed to join...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity to join a is a...
Unpaid voluntary work: Old Royal Naval College: Join our team of friendly volu...