Journeys of discovery.

From stars of the London stage to experts in ancestry, fashion and music, Cunard’s event voyages offer a rare opportunity to dive into the iconic worlds of art, history and culture.

There’s something infinitely magical about having an astronaut regale you on tales from outer space, or seeing models sashay down the deck of an ocean liner while sailing the Atlantic. These are the moments that define a Cunard event voyage; the chance to encounter trailblazers and visionaries whose legacies have left a lasting mark on the world.

In 2021, Cunard will once again embark on a vibrant itinerary of iconic event voyages, celebrating accomplishments in literature, British music, theater, genealogy and more. Each journey welcomes field experts and renowned figureheads, whose exploration of the voyage’s theme unravels in an illuminating program of insightful discussions and one-of-a-kind performances.

Join us as we look ahead to some of the standout event voyages sailing in 2021. 

London Theater at Sea.

Delivered in partnership with the Olivier Awards, this celebration of theater transports you behind the scenes of an industry that has captivated audiences for centuries. Featuring both on and off-stage talent, London Theater at Sea will explore how theatrical productions are brought to life in a series of talks and interactive workshops with esteemed guests from the London stage.

Beatles and Beyond.

An inaugural voyage in our annual event calendar, Beatles and Beyond shines a light on British music of the swinging '60s, exploring a spectrum of popular hits from iconic British bands of yesteryear. Be transported back in time with an unforgettable soundtrack featuring The Beatles, The Who and The Rolling Stones as you dance the nights away from Hong Kong to Singapore, via Vietnam.

More exciting 2021 event voyages.

A Journey of Genealogy.

Delve into a fascinating exploration of genealogy on board Queen Mary 2 in association with leading family historians, Ancestry. While you make Cunard's iconic Transatlantic Crossing, you'll trace your own family tree and discover how your DNA connects you to the wider world.

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Literature Festival at Sea.

Celebrate the written word in all its wonderful variety on this extra special Transatlantic Crossing, curated by teams from The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival. Explore the use of language in film, history and politics through lively debate, workshops and Q&As.

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Northern Lights: Through the Lens.

Nature’s light show is a sight to behold. This voyage through Norway's fjords will offer expert commentary from the Royal Astronomical Society and masterclasses to enhance your photography skills, and give you an even deeper appreciation of the beguiling phenomenon known as aurora borealis.

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Always with Cunard's attention to detail.

Working closely with our voyage partners, each themed cruise is the culmination of around two years’ work to deliver, ensuring the highest standards of on board experience and professional integrity.

“The floor the dancers use needs to be sprung and incorporate the right surfaces. Cunard was fantastic about fulfilling our requirements so that the dancers were able to perform at their very best. The support team is also crucial: we needed to ensure the dancers had access to a physiotherapist as well as a gym and an ice bath.” - Jennie Harrington, Assistant Artistic Coordinator for The English National Ballet.

Celebrating passions.

While Cunard has always sought to elevate the cruise experience with its Insights Program and signature touches like Gala Balls and Afternoon Tea, event voyages offer guests the opportunity to indulge their passions and come face-to-face with their heroes.

"We’ve always been very proud to bring a plethora of speakers and entertainers on board our cruises—from well-known celebrities to experts in their field. But it was only in 2016, after launching the inaugural Transatlantic Fashion Week, that we fully appreciated how invested our guests are in themed journeys, based on their passions and interests. Since then, we’ve launched Cunard’s dedicated event voyage program and delivered a broad range of fantastic initiatives, with plenty more in the pipeline." – Cunard Brand Manager, Andrea Lenihan

A world with every voyage.

As with all Cunard voyages, event cruises are complemented by a rich variety of on board experiences that form the hallmark of a Cunard vacation. It’s one of the many highlights of traveling by ocean liner, where days at sea offer the chance to indulge in leisurely pursuits and invest more time rediscovering activities you enjoy.

Many find themselves participating in the scheduled talks and workshops, even if they didn’t intend to. “We find that even guests who come on board without especially planning to take part in the program usually want to join in,” continues Andrea, “because they now have the time and space to explore different subjects.”

By Sharon Parsons.