Guest speakers

Our Cunard Insights™ enrichment programme offers talks, seminars and discussions by well-known historians, explorers, top diplomats, politicians, scientists and other notable experts. We strive to “Engage, Enlighten and Entertain” throughout your voyage with appearances from esteemed luminaries.

Don't miss these special guests in the coming months...

  • Pam Ayres

    Pam Ayres

    Pam Ayres has been a writer, broadcaster, and entertainer for over 40 years, and is one of the few authors who has had books in the Sunday Times bestseller charts in almost every decade since the 1970s. She is the author of several best-selling poetry collections, including The Works and With These Hands. Many of her poems are in school textbooks around the world.

  • Alton Fitzgerald White

    Alton Fitzgerald White

    Alton Fitzgerald White captivates audiences whenever and wherever he performs. The triple talented singer, actor and dancer has starred in six smash Broadway hits. Alton's Broadway credits include 'The Color Purple,' 'Smoky Joe's Cafe,' 'Miss Saigon,' and the longest ever run as Mufasa in Disney's 'The Lion King' (4,308 performances). He also featured in London in a special Disney concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

  • Giancarlo Impiglia

    Giancarlo Impiglia

    Giancarlo Impiglia is an artist and art historian whose name is renowned in the world of art. He studied at the Art Lyceum and the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. He also studied at the Italian Center of Cinematography of Rome, participating in several movies as cameraman and set designer.

  • Gerald W. Abrams

    Gerald W. Abrams

    Join Emmy nominated movie & TV producer Gerald W. Abrams on board Queen Victoria for an insight into the art of making movies: How do you produce a movie? How do you sell it? What does a producer even do?

  • Maria Friedman

    Maria Friedman

    With a string of awards to her name including three Olivier Awards and eight nominations, Evening Standard and Critics Circle Awards, and many other theatre accolades, both from the West End and Broadway stage, Maria Friedman is in demand as undoubtedly one of our most successful leading musical theatre ladies. Maria will be exclusively performing her one woman show on board Queen Mary 2.

  • Jennie Bond

    Jennie Bond

    Jennie Bond has been a journalist and broadcaster in the UK for 40 years. She’s a familiar face on TV and is best known for the 14 years she spent as the BBC’s Royal Correspondent during some of the monarchy’s most tumultuous years.

  • Celia Imrie

    Celia Imrie

    Described by The Times as one of the most successful British actresses of recent decades, Olivier Award-winning Celia Imrie is probably best known as one of the naked Calendar Girls - she needed bigger buns. She has appeared in many films from Hilary & Jackie, Nanny McPhee, and Bridget Jones's Diary to Highlander and Star Wars.

  • Robin Oakley

    Robin Oakley

    Robin Oakley is a journalist and author of several books on politics and horse-racing. A contributor to CNN on European affairs and The Financial Times, he is also the Turf columnist of The Spectator magazine.  

  • Seth Gopin

    Seth Gopin

    Doctor Seth Gopin is a man of a great many interests and talents. During his 30 years at Rutgers University, he was a gifted lecturer in Art History and a popular dean of academic affairs. He also served as the Director of Global Studies, which made him Rutgers’ ambassador to the world.  

Cunard Insights Guest Lecturers

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