Cunard Announces Fashion and Culinary Event Cruises in 2016

Guests can join leaders in the world of fashion or embark on a culinary tour of British cuisine

Dame Zandra Rhodes CBE. Photo Credit: Gene Nocon
Dame Zandra Rhodes CBE. Photo Credit: Gene Nocon

Cunard has announced two exciting event cruises for 2016, celebrating the worlds of fashion, food, music and dance. From the launch of its very first ‘Transatlantic Fashion Week’ to a culinary tour of the British Isles to the largest Big Band Balls at sea, guests on each cruise will be immersed in the very best of these themes.

The inaugural ‘Transatlantic Fashion Week’ voyage arrives in one of the style capitals of the world, New York, the very same day New York Fashion Week 2016 begins, after an extra special 7 night (1-8 September) voyage across the Atlantic on board the most famous ocean liner in the world.

The voyage will be hosted by a number of very significant names from the industry, as guests will be treated to ‘an audience with’ pioneering British designer, Dame Zandra Rhodes CBE, Colin McDowell, the highly respected fashion historian and commentator Fern Mallis, the ‘Godmother of Fashion’ and founder of New York Fashion Week.

 Colin McDowell. Photo Credit: Nick Knight
Colin McDowell. Photo Credit: Nick Knight

Dame Zandra Rhodes, who has dressed some the world’s most iconic stars and musicians, including Freddie Mercury and Jackie Onassis, said: “I’m extremely excited to be joining Cunard on board Queen Mary 2 for the very first Transatlantic Fashion Week, 2016. For me, it offers the opportunity to share my knowledge and wonderful experiences from throughout my career in fashion, and give guests a taste of what my collection has to offer.”

Dame Zandra Rhodes will also reveal designs from her collections, as emerging faces from Storm modelling agency take to the catwalk during the voyage. Alongside these great fashion authorities, guests will have the opportunity to meet the designers of the future, as students from one of the world’s number one postgraduate fashion programmes, The Royal College of Art, showcase their latest collections on board.

Food lovers can treat themselves to a British Isles Culinary Discovery on board Queen Elizabeth in June next year. The cruise will feature highly reputable names and producers from the world of gastronomy, including Charles Sichel of Maison Sichel and Jilly Goolden, English Wine Critic and UK Television personality. Guests will be able to enjoy regional delicacies from around the British Isles through a range of tailored shore-side excursions, hosted on board events and specially curated menus.

Fern Mallis
Fern Mallis

Each of the three Cunard Queens will host their very own Big Band Balls in November 2016 for dance and music lovers around the world to enjoy. Cunard’s biggest orchestras of the year will delight guests with music from Glenn Miller, Count Basie and Duke Ellington. The big band phenomena originated in the US in the 1920s era, and soon took the world by storm by creating the party of all parties. Next year each of the three Queens will look forward to playing host to their own exclusive musical spectaculars.

“These special event voyages will heighten the Cunard ocean travel experience in a uniquely vibrant and memorable way, immersing our guests into the worlds of fashion, high style, the best of British culture, world class cuisine, and the Big Band music and dance experience – all hallmarks of Cunard’s storied legacy,” said Richard meadows, president, Cunard North America.

Cunard’s 2016 event cruises
Queen Mary 2 – Transatlantic Fashion Week:
1-8 September 2016
Southampton – New York
Fares from $1,349.00

Queen ElizabethBritish Isles Culinary Discovery:
23 June – 5 July 2016
Fares from $2,199.00

Enjoy Cunard’s Big Band Balls on the following Cunard cruises in 2016:

Queen Mary 2 – Westbound Crossing
19-26 November 2016
Southampton – New York
Fares from $1,149.00

Queen Victoria – Caribbean Highlights
15 November-19 December 2016
Fares from $3,648.00

Queen Elizabeth – Bruges Short Break
19-22 November 2016
Southampton, Bruges, Southampton
Fares from $498.00

All fares based per person, double occupancy.

For more information about Cunard or to book a voyage, contact your Travel Consultant, call Cunard at 1-800-728-6273 or visit

John Shallo
John Shallo
John Shallo is the founder and editor of Cruise Addicts. Since 1999 it has been a leading destination for cruise travelers and self professed Cruise Addicts looking for the latest news, ship reviews and travel tips.

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