Cunard Cruise Enrichment Programmes

Meeting experts and celebrities can be a memorable part of your cruise.

Join us on board and you might spot some familiar faces, including writers, actors, film-makers, politicians, explorers, scientists, historians and even the occasional astronaut. Likely as not, it’s because they’ve been invited to inform and entertain you as part of CUNARD INSIGHTS®, our regular talks on contemporary issues by well-known celebrities and personalities.

There's almost no limit to what you can learn on your holidays. All the speakers add another dimension to your cruise. And that's just the start, with experts on hand to teach you about everything from computers to distant constellations.

  • Gregory Porter

    Gregory Porter

    Experience the best Jazz at Sea featuring Grammy® Award-winning vocalist Gregory Porter. In addition to performances by Gregory Porter, guests will be treated to a variety of nightly performances around the ship from our line up of acclaimed Blue Note artists.

  • Neil Amdur

    Neil Amdur

    In the span of five decades, Neil Amdur has been involved in all areas of journalism. He has worked as a sports writer, sports editor and senior editor for recruiting at The New York Times, and as a producer at CBS Sports.

  • Midge Ure

    Midge Ure

    Midge Ure was one of the most idolised musicians of the 70s and 80s, and has since nurtured a successful solo career. As he prepares to join the Queen Mary 2 for a series of live performances and talks, we take a look back at his remarkable life


2016 Insights Guest Lecturers

Download the PDFs below for an overview of the guest lecturers joining us on board in 2016.

2015 Jazz at Sea, with Gregory Porter and Blue Note Records

Cunard and Blue Note Records debuted the first ever Jazz at Sea on the 29 October 2015 Queen Mary 2 Transatlantic Crossing. This unforgettable cruise featured intimate jazz performances by Grammy® Award-winning vocalist Gregory Porter and Blue Note’s 75th Anniversary All-Star Band, Our Point of View, comprised of Robert Glasper, Lionel Loueke, Marcus Strickland, Kendrick Scott, Keyon Harrold and Derrick Hodge. Guests also enjoyed a special Q&A session with President of Blue Note Records Don Was, who is a celebrated musician and Grammy® award-winning producer.

Gregory Porter

2016 Musical Event Cruises

We regularly host exclusive musical events such as Big Band Ball and Jazz at Sea cruises. Upcoming acts include Grammy® Award-winning vocalists Gregory Porter, Herbie Hancock and Dee Dee Bridgewater. Talks and Q&A sessions also offer a rare chance to meet your musical heroes.

  • Insights Programme

    Insights Programme

    Cunard Insights Programme is a look behind the scenes. You may listen to academics and ambassadors or meet politicians and film producers who will talk through their careers and answer questions.

  • Book Clubs

    Book Clubs

    The Cunard Book Club offers the opportunity for literary discussions among our passengers. Book selections will change quarterly and are reflective of the interests of each ship’s guests.

  • iStudy Classes

    iStudy Classes

    Perhaps you want to learn more about the latest computers, accessories and software - iStudy classes will take the mystery out of today's technology.


More things to do on a Transatlantic Cruise

A Cunard Transatlantic Crossing is a seven or eight-night cruise across the Atlantic Ocean on board our magnificent ocean liner, Queen Mary 2.

Queen Mary 2

With so much space and so many experiences to choose from, Queen Mary 2 is perfectly suited to ensuring you have a holiday of a lifetime. With a unique sense of adventure and endless ways to relax - the feeling of total escapism and sense of occasion is unrivalled.

QM2 Remastered.

In June 2016 Queen Mary 2 underwent one of the largest refits ever undertaken. The project was years in the planning and drew on the knowledge of experts from around the world. Before you travel, learn more about what goes into making the most luxurious ocean liner even more special.

  • Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

    Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

    Arguably the most famous acting school in the English-speaking world, London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) has a unique relationship with Cunard. The RADA graduate company presents specially-edited versions of renowned plays and adaptations of great literary classics on Transatlantic Cruises, each lasting no more than an hour.

  • Royal Astronomical Society

    Royal Astronomical Society

    For more otherworldly subjects, our Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) partnership puts distant stars and galaxies into focus. Head over to the planetarium to enjoy specially created shows explaining what you can see in the night sky at different times of the year. Using telescopes and binoculars, our RAS expert can also point you in the right direction to gaze at the Milky way from deck. 

Cunard Cruise Enrichment Programmes