Cunard’s award-winning Insight Speakers programme to partner with The New York Times


Cunard has announced a brand new partnership with The New York Times to offer award winning speakers as part of its long-running, Insights programme. The exclusive offering will debut on Queen Mary 2 on 3 January 2016 during all Eastbound Transatlantic crossings in 2016.


To kick-off the series, the 3 January 2016 cruise dubbed “The New York Times Insights Cruise” will feature an impressive line-up of The New York Times’ experts including: former foreign correspondent and columnist Clyde Haberman; science writer John Schwartz; Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist David Cay Johnston; national security reporter Michael Schmidt; and Peter Lewis, former senior writer at The New York Times and Fortune Magazine. From national security, climate change, and the space program, to economics, tax issues, sports, technology, journalism, laws of the ancient world and much more, intellectually curious passengers will enjoy unique access to a wealth of research and insights from some the world’s leading luminaries.

For those who want even greater immersion into The New York Times and its content, guests can purchase an exclusive pre-cruise and onboard package for the 3 January Queen Mary 2 Transatlantic sailing. This programme includes a tour of the newsroom and brunch at The New York Times prior to sailing, as well as additional onboard elements. Places are limited to just 100 guests and must be booked by contacting Times Journeys directly at (001-718) 855-698-6363.

Setting the benchmark for compelling onboard enrichment programmes, Cunard was the first line to provide guests stimulating lecturers from a wide variety of disciplines, when the programme officially launched on QE2 in the 1970s. Since then, it has been a much-anticipated signature of the line and continues to provide a robust line-up of speakers on every voyage today. However, the company, which is celebrating its 175th Anniversary this year, can trace the early inception of the programme to the days when such luminaries as Noel Coward and Cole Porter would sail Atlantic Crossings on the Queen Mary and informally perform and regale guests in after-dinner salons with titillating anecdotes from their various experiences and travels.  Now Cunard Insights will be even more compelling as Cunard collaborates with The New York Times’ leading roster of journalists and contributors.

In addition to the customised The New York Times Insights Cruise, Cunard will also feature The New York Times Insights experts on every Eastbound Queen Mary 2 Transatlantic Crossing in 2016 as part of the line’s Insights programme. Cunard Insights regularly offers compelling talks on a variety of contemporary issues by well-known celebrities and knowledgeable personalities.

Angus Struthers, Marketing Director for Cunard, said:

“We are thrilled to collaborate with The New York Times to curate such an enriching and entertaining travel adventure. This will be an exciting enhancement to our Cunard Insights program, with a caliber of experts that will surely spark a stimulating and thought-provoking experience for our guests.”

For more information about Queen Mary 2 and to book a voyage visit Cunard or call 0843 374 2224.


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