Big Band Ball 2024

Step on board Queen Elizabeth in 2024 for a voyage to remember. Inspired by the iconic Big Bands of the Swing era, Cunard’s Big Band Ball is a spectacular event for dance and music lovers everywhere.

5 - 14 May 2024, Queen Elizabeth

Glenn Miller. The Rat Pack. Harry Connick Jr. The music of the Big Band scene is nothing short of iconic. On this extraordinary voyage on Queen Elizabeth, dance and music lovers from all over gather to celebrate the magnificent Swing era.

Spend days at sea perfecting your steps for the nights ahead, at expert led dance classes, or why not find a spot in a lounge, and enjoy the variety of live music across the ship? British singer and pianist Joe Stilgoe and our own skilled musicians come together to perform renditions of the Big Band songs you know and love, all culminating in one spectacular evening. Put your glad rags on and make your way to the Queens Room, where a swinging 18 piece orchestra is set up to transport you back to another time.

You could simply sit and toe tap, signature Cunard cocktail in hand, or maybe you’ll be tempted to get up, swaying and twirling to the music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, and Frank Sinatra. Not forgetting their modern day counterparts, the likes of Michael Buble and Jamie Cullum. Make incredible memories on this voyage that’s sure to be like no other, all while taking in Japan’s enticing ports as you sail.

Special guests

Joe Stilgoe

Joe Stilgoe , internationally acclaimed vocalist, pianist and songwriter creates a fresh jazz sound for the 21st century.

As a recording artist he has released five critically lauded albums, three of which topped the UK Jazz chart. His most recent album, launched in June 2019, was a new departure of style and genre. THE HEAT IS ON! Joe's unique interpretation of the soundtrack of the 1980s, reimagined with a full 1950's Big Band.

Stilgoe will perform twice during the voyage, he will provide spectacular vocals for the Big Band Ball, along with an evening of song in the Queens Room. And a Q&A that will offer a fascinating insight into his life and work.

Speakers and activities are subject to change. Some activities may incur an additional charge.​

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