When it comes to travel, the Cunard line of cruise ships has made high-class luxury its top goal. Along with good food, dancing and a variety of entertainment, transatlantic crossings on the Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 typically include cultural opportunities. Cunard (which calls itself “the Official Cruise Line of the National Symphony Orchestra”) is presenting members of The Kennedy Center Chamber Players, as well as welcoming Nigel Boon, director of artistic planning for the National Symphony Orchestra on the September 8, 2009 transatlantic crossing from New York to Southampton (the crossing to Britain is 6 days and the ship then continues on for the 24-day Grand Mediterranean Highlights tour). The ensemble is a group of National Symphony Orchestra principals.
Although this adventure definately falls in the super-pricey, not-your-everyday-vacation category, I have been on the ship and it lives up to its posh promise. And, it’s culturally enriching!