What’s better than crossing the Atlantic aboard Cunard Line’s elegantly-massive Queen Mary 2? How about sailing with legendary singer-songwriter James Taylor and his band?

Starting on October 27, follow along with us as we travel to New York to embark Cunard's Queen Mary 2 for an epic journey across the rugged North Atlantic! Photo courtesy of Cunard.

James Taylor will be sailing aboard Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 this August – and offering up some special performances – as guests sail between New York, Halifax and Southampton, England. Photo courtesy of Cunard.

Taylor will be sailing aboard the QM2 on her August 27, 2014 Eastbound Transatlantic Crossing voyage M417 from New York to Southampton, England. Along the way, he’ll offer guests two intimate performances onboard, along with a Q&A event.

It’s not the first time Taylor and his band have utilised the QM2 to cross; in 2009, he and his band also made the crossing to Europe aboard Cunard’s flagship at the start of his 2009 European Tour.

But Taylor isn’t the only draw on this unique itinerary. Unlike most of QM2’s Transatlantic Crossings that proceed directly across the Atlantic, this one will offer up a call in the beautiful Canadian city of Halifax, Nova Scotia on Friday, August 29. From there, she will proceed across the Atlantic to Southampton, arriving in the historic port on Thursday, September 4.

Sir Samuel's on Deck 3. Named after Cunard founder Samuel Cunard, this is a coffee bar by day and a wine bar by night. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

There’s no shortage of things to do aboard Cunard’s Queen Mary 2. Sir Samuel’s on Deck 3, is named after Cunard founder Samuel Cunard, and is a coffee bar by day and a wine bar by night. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

As I discovered in 2012, there’s no shortage of things to do onboard Cunard’s Queen Mary 2. In fact, during my weeklong crossing – with no ports of call – I found it impossible to take everything in. There were fascinating lectures that were engaging rather than boring; entertainment options as varied as the ship herself; and nightlife that lasted well into the wee hours of the morning.

There was also the simple, understated pleasure of thundering along across the ocean at a comfortable 22 knots – flat-out for most ships, but far short of QM2’s 30-knot top speed. At 1,132 feet in length, there’s absolutely nothing like her afloat. She was built to handle the rugged North Atlantic, and offers more open deck space that the average cruise ship. To walk her decks is to step back in time; this is how people used to travel between Europe and North America – and it’s a heck of a lot nicer than spending ten hours crammed in an economy-class seat on a jetliner.

Fancy a nighcap (and maybe some karaoke?) The Golden Lion Pub on Deck 2 is the place to be. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Fancy a nighcap (and maybe some karaoke?) The Golden Lion Pub on Deck 2 is the place to be. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

If James Taylor doesn’t float your boat, Cunard also has the Julliard School of Jazz performing on QM2’s October 28 Eastbound Transatlantic Crossing. Some of these talented artists were on my very own crossing, and they were a definite highlight, drawing crowds that packed venues like The Chart Room well into the wee hours of the morning.

That same crossing also features The Beatles Experience, two concerts performed each day for two days during the voyage featuring The Beatles Cover Band, which had the exclusive privilege of performing the grounds of Buckingham Palace last year.

One of my personal favorite activities: taking a stroll around the Queen Mary 2's Promenade Deck! Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

One of my personal favorite activities: taking a stroll around the Queen Mary 2’s Promenade Deck! Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Other special enrichment features on select Queen Mary 2 voyages this year include The Royal Astronomical Society, Cunard’s famous Insights Programme, and activities designed to commemorate her 10th Anniversary this year.

For a look at what a Transatlantic Crossing aboard Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 is like, read our complete day-by-day Live Voyage Report by clicking here!

 

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