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...

  • 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?

  • Sir Michael Parkinson

    Sir Michael Parkinson

    An evening with Sir Michael Parkinson celebrates the life and career of a man who has interviewed over 2000 of the most important cultural figures of the 20th and 21st centuries. Gain an intimate, entertaining and informative look at his remarkable journey from a pit village in Yorkshire to the top of those famous stairs.

  • 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.

  • Will Lyons

    Will Lyons

    Wine writer, author, journalist and broadcaster Will Lyons has published a weekly wine column for more than a decade - formerly in The Wall Street Journal and now The Sunday Times. His humorous, informed, down-to-earth writing has been recognized in both the Glenfiddich and Roederer wine writing awards.

  • Clare Balding

    Clare Balding

    Clare Balding is award-winning broadcaster, journalist and author. One of Britain’s leading broadcasters, Clare has worked in radio since leaving university in 1994, and has been presenting sports on television since becoming the face of the BBC’s racing output in 1998. She is equally at home on TV or radio, recognised with the BAFTA special award and RTS Presenter of the Year amongst others.

  • Dale Templar

    Dale Templar

    Dale spent over 22 years working for BBC Television and was the series producer of the double BAFTA/Emmy award winning documentary series “Human Planet” as well as “Planet Earth” and “Frozen Planet”. She now runs her own television production company in Bath.

  • John McCarthy

    John McCarthy

    John McCarthy has worked as a journalist since leaving university. His life was infamously changed when, on his first foreign assignment, he was abducted in Beirut by Islamic fundamentalists and held hostage for 1,943 days. John's experience was explored in the film Blind Flight and in his best-selling book Some Other Rainbow.

  • Margaret Gilmore

    Margaret Gilmore

    Margaret Gilmore is an award-winning writer and broadcaster who has been an authoritative face on British TV screens for more than 20 years, highly respected for her specialist knowledge and investigative skills.

  • Fiona Armstrong

    Fiona Armstrong

    Fiona Armstrong is a British broadcaster and writer. A former ITN and BBC news presenter and reporter, her work has taken her to Africa, Cambodia, America and across Europe. Fiona has made films on subjects ranging from clan history to politics, has presented antiques and cooking programmes and the NBC business show, Executive Lifestyles.

Cunard Insights Guest Lecturers

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