Sailing from 2-7 October will showcase the sounds of the 1940s Big Band craze


Cunard has announced a special sailing from 2-7 October 2015 featuring a Big Band Ball to mark the fifth birthday of its ship Queen Elizabeth.

As part of the five-night cruise to Amsterdam and Bruges guests can look forward to a classic black tie gala dinner on 3 October with a specially crafted commemorative menu to mark the occasion. They will then be welcomed to the Queen’s Ballroom by the ship’s 14 piece band playing hits from some of the most successful artists of the era including Glenn Miller and Duke Ellington.

Vocalists will perform material from the back catalogues of Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan and The Rat Pack as well as more recent performers such as Michael Buble and Jamie Cullum. Guests will then gather under glittering chandeliers for a midnight countdown to Queen Elizabeth’s official birthday.

The cruise will also showcase sounds from other eras, including one of the UK’s best tribute 60s acts, The Overtures, noted for performing at Elton John and David Furnish’s civil partnership. Historian Eric Flounders will bring the history of Cunard to life as part of the Insight Speakers programme, while acclaimed comedian Mike Miller will also perform.

Angus Struthers, Cunard’s Marketing Director said:

“Fantastic music, a magnificent setting and a special birthday to celebrate should make for a real party feel as we mark the fifth year since our youngest ship, Queen Elizabeth, joined the Cunard fleet. On this special occasion we’re aiming to recreate the heyday of the 1940s Big Band sound, inviting passengers to join us for an evening of glamour in the Queen’s Ballroom enjoying some of the headiest dance music ever written.”

A Balcony stateroom for the five-night sailing 2-7 October 2015 on Queen Elizabeth starts from £759pp with Cunard Fares, sailing from Southampton to Amsterdam for an overnight stay and Zeebrugge (for Bruges), then back to Southampton. Those booking before 28 February will receive a complimentary $100pp to spend on board.

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