Posted by: cruise2 | 11 March, 2009

James Taylor to Present Cunard Command Performances Aboard RMS Queen Mary 2

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Iconic singer-songwriter to set sail from New York June 19 on a legendary Atlantic Crossing

Cunard Line has announced that Grammy® Award-winning singer-songwriter James Taylor and his band will perform during RMS Queen Mary 2’s June 19 eastbound Transatlantic voyage. Sailing from New York to Southampton, England, Mr. Taylor will headline two Cunard Command Performances in the ship’s Royal Court Theatre during the six-day journey. (Space is still available to book this very special voyage!)

“We are honoured to welcome James Taylor aboard our flagship Queen Mary 2 and into a lineage of luminaries who have sailed with Cunard during our 170-year history,” said Carol Marlow, president of Cunard Line. “Our guests will most certainly enjoy this intimate concert experience with an American music icon.”

Over the course of his celebrated career, Mr. Taylor has earned 40 gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards and five Grammy Awards for works ranging from Sweet Baby James in 1970 to Covers, his most recent album featuring his own interpretation of tunes from the 50s, 60s and 70s, for which he was nominated for two 2009 Grammy Awards. In 2000, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Most recently, Mr. Taylor was one of a select few music artists who performed for President Barack Obama’s inauguration.

“I’ve always wanted to take an ocean liner back to Europe. It’s such a civilized way to go, and the Queen Mary 2 is the last word in first class travel. It was a dream to use the passage to transport and rehearse our summer tour: band, crew and family; kit and caboodle. I’m looking forward to the pair of concerts at the end of the trip and, hallelujah, no jet lag,”  Mr. Taylor said.

RMS Queen Mary 2 offers an array of accommodation combining classic Cunard touches with a stylish, refined elegance. The ship’s legendary Queens Grill and Princess Grill Suites afford travellers spacious accommodation and dedicated single-seating dining in the  Grills Restaurants, along with a private sun terrace, cocktail and concierge lounges. Passengers sailing in Britannia category accommodation enjoy fine dining prepared by world-class chefs in the Britannia Restaurant, the ship’s grand three-tier dining venue. As an added bonus, guests can experience the culinary creativity of celebrity chef Todd English in the first restaurant at sea bearing his name.

Nights are filled with themed Royal Balls and Galas where passengers can dance the night away to a live orchestra in the Queens Room, the largest ballroom at sea. Days are filled with such activities as perusing a vast selection of 8,000 books in the largest library at sea, enjoying traditional afternoon English tea or exploring the Cosmos in the only planetarium at sea.

RMS Queen Mary 2’s Atlantic Crossings reflect the pinnacle of civility in ocean travel and refinement. The only company offering regularly scheduled Transatlantic liner service, Cunard offers 25 crossings in 2009, singularly offering the New Golden Age of Ocean Travel through such unique Cunard experiences as Cunard Insights, the line’s award-winning enrichment programme. The six-day Crossings afford passengers opportunities for leisurely pursuits, ranging from wellness in the only Canyon Ranch SpaClub® at sea to wine tastings with a world-class sommelier.

James Taylor will become part of Cunard’s illustrious history of hosting famed entertainers. Notables such as Elizabeth Taylor, Rita Hayworth, Cary Grant and Clark Gable frequently crossed the Atlantic in Cunard’s earlier Queens, RMS Queen Mary and RMS Queen Elizabeth; and since RMS Queen Mary 2’s debut five years ago, the ship has welcomed musical notables such as Rod Stewart, Shirley Bassey, Harry Connick, Jr. and Lenny Kravitz. In addition, actors Uma Thurman, Angela Bassett, John Cleese, Richard Dreyfuss and Terence Howard have sailed aboard the grand liner.

To book passage on this very special voyage aboard RMS Queen Mary 2, consult The Cruise People, Ltd. 1-800-268-6523

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