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From CruiseIndustryNews:

1/8/10 - Cunard Partners with The Juilliard School
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Cunard Line, operator of the most famous ocean liners in the world, is pleased to announce a partnership with The Juilliard School that will present stellar jazz performances on select 2010 eastbound Transatlantic Crossings aboard Queen Mary 2. Students and faculty from Juilliard, which has set America’s standard for education in the performing arts, will perform programmes in the ship's Royal Court Theatre, treating guests to the best in classic and contemporary jazz.
More at http://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/3557-1810-cunard-partners-with-the-juilliard-school.html
 
From CruiseIndustryNews:

3/1/10 - Cunard Begins Next Chapter of Literature and Liners
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Cunard Line announces the return of their popular Literature and Liners series as part of Cunard Insights, the line’s award-winning onboard enrichment programme. Introduced in 2009, Literature and Liners provides guests sailing on select Queen Mary 2 Transatlantic Crossings the opportunity to interact with some of the literary world’s most intriguing figures. Best-selling authors scheduled to sail as part of this year’s programme are Kate Atkinson, John Berendt, Bill Bryson and Joanne Harris. Guests can look forward to engaging Q&A discussions, lectures, book signings and readings with select titles to be featured in the Cunard Book Club.
More at http://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/3724-3110-cunard-begins-next-chapter-of-literature-and-liners.html
 
From The Charlotte Examiner:

Cunard Cruise Lines Royal Nights Balls
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First time Cunard Cruise Line guests are often confused about the on-board balls. What are they? What do you wear to the balls?

This chart is to help both the first time guest and even the more seasoned Cunard guest know what to pack for their cruise. You will know which balls will be held on your specific cruise when you receive you pre-cruise documents.

Fun Facts:
More at http://www.examiner.com/x-21128-Newark-Luxury-Travel-Examiner~y2010m3d27-Cunard-Cruise-Lines-Royal-Nights-Balls
 
Yes, I wondered about that when we went on QM2 last spring. Not a problem really. Normal evening dress - only about 10% equip themselves for the Masked Balls etc. After a day of excursions with dinner followed by the evening entertainment, I was flaked out by the time the balls started at 10 pm and went to bed. At my great age I could'nt stand the pace what with the excursions early the following morning. (and half a mile to walk for breakfast)
 
From USAToday:

Two Cunard Line ships to go around the world in 2012
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Cunard today announced plans for two ambitious world cruises to take place in 2012, continuing a long tradition of globe-circling itineraries.

The historic line says its newest ship, the soon-to-debut Queen Elizabeth, will sail a 107-day voyage out of Southampton, England that will completely circumnavigate the globe, and the Queen Mary 2 will sail from Southampton to Australia and back on a circular routing.
More at http://travel.usatoday.com/cruises/post/2010/06/two-cunard-line-ships-to-go-around-the-world-in-2012/97492/1

Comment: The cheapest cabins start at $20,995 !
 
From The Independent:

These classic cruise liners still rule the waves
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The wind is up in New York this evening.


A 50-knot gust is pinning the Queen Mary 2 to her berth. Now a couple of small tugs are trying to pull and push the 151,400-ton ocean liner free. It takes a good half-hour before she can put her nose into the wind, skim her red funnel beneath the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and head out to sea.
More at http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/these-classic-cruise-liners-still-rule-the-waves-2102437.html
 
The tugs were used when we left New York at the end of April, so I don't think it's that rare an occurrence. Brooklyn pier was a damaged a few weeks later and the QM2 had to berth at it's former berth in Manhattan on it's subsequent visit. Lucky them.

I did'nt recognise the author's description of the constant vibration from the engines the unsteadiness, the boring bit, etc. etc. We enjoyed it so much, if the price is right we'll do it again next year.
 
>>I did'nt recognise the author's description of the constant vibration from the engines the unsteadiness, the boring bit, etc. etc.<<

I suppose it's a matter of perspective. I'm hard pressed to see how anybody could want for something to occupy themselves on any cruise ship or liner. As to the vibration, it would depend on where you are. If you were sleeping in a cabin above the propellors, it would be difficult not to notice something.
 
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