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How Cunard Pulled Off an Epic At-Sea Photoshoot with the Queen Mary 2

March 17, 2014 at 2:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

"She is an iconic ocean liner—the only one of its kind in service."

An iconic ship needs a photoshoot worth of a diva for a decade of service and, in the case of Cunard's Queen Mary 2 10th Anniversary, that's exactly what she got.

In case you haven't yet seen the incredible photos, check them out right now because we've got a video of exactly how the at-sea photo stunt was made possible.

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Cruise Ship Photos Don't Get Any Better Than This

Where: Bali, Indonesia
March 10, 2014 at 10:37 AM | by | Comment (1)

She may not be the largest cruise ship in the world any longer, but the Queen Mary 2 is by far the most photogenic.

2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the Cunard liner's christening, one blustery day in January 2004 when Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II smashed champagne on the bow. It's that bow which is again the focus, as the ship posed for an anniversary portrait featuring Captain Kevin Oprey standing not on the ship's bridge, but on her bulbous bow.

The image was taken as the ship anchored 1 mile off the coast of Bali, Indonesia. The weather and sea conditions were perfect for such a risky shot, and The Daily Mail has the details:

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Throwback Thursday: Skeet Shooting on Cruise Ships

August 8, 2013 at 2:59 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.

There's some crazy things on cruise ships these days, from ice skating rinks and rock climbing walls to molecular mixology clubs and sushi bars. It wasn't always so...over stimulating, however; in the 1970s when tropical cruise travel was just picking up speed, passengers had to be a bit more creative with occupying their time between ports.

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Cross the Atlantic for the 200th Anniversary of 'Pride & Prejudice'

March 4, 2013 at 5:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Cunard World Club is offering Austen-themed tours on select Queen Mary 2 Transatlantic Crossings.

The tours include a visit to the Winchester Cathedral with a focus on the Life & Times of Jane Austen, a trip to the Jane Austen Museum and Chawton House Library, and a day trip to Stonehenge and the Salisbury Cathedral, one of the filming locations in 1995's Sense & Sensibility.

Tours start at $850 and take place in July, August, October, and November. To see the full schedule, visit cunard.com.

[Photo: cinemagogue.com]

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Four 2013 Cruise Itineraries That Don't Suck

January 8, 2013 at 2:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

No matter what your opinion of cruising, there are some places much better suited to entering by ocean or waterway. Every year cruise lines kick each other in the shins in the race to have the coolest city combinations for their newest ships...all to attract you, dear traveler. For 2013, we have our eyes on four itineraries in particular that make midnight buffets off the coast of Bermuda and dancing to jazz in middle of the Med look like child's play.

· 12 days on Ukraine's Dnieper River with Viking River Cruises
Who thinks, "hey, let me go cruise my way through Ukraine?" No one, that's who. Or, rather, no one with the exception of people booking the Dnieper River trip on Viking River Cruises, since that's exactly what they'll be doing. We love river cruise ships for their ability to cruise by at eye level and gain a unique perspective of smaller cities where travelers usually arrive by train or car. Viking also has a Burma/Myanmar cruise coming up for 2014 we're already eyeing.
Ports: Odessa, Sevastopol, Yalta, Kherson, Zaporozhye, Kiev
From: $2,438 double occupancy (includes 10 tours)

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Famous Ships That Did Not Sink: The 'RMS Queen Mary'

April 18, 2012 at 11:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

As you already know, this last weekend marked the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Though yes, the sinking is a huge part of history, it's also not indicative of how ship travel actually was in the early 20th century. Not every ship sank. This week, we'll show you some notable ships that managed to stay afloat and still make their mark in history.

Today's ship that didn't sink: the RMS Queen Mary of Cunard Line.

Let's consider something a moment. When the 100th Anniversary of the Titanic sinking rolled around last week, it became apparent that the younger generations were filled with kids who though the Titanic was a fictional tale made up for the James Cameron movie. It was only the news coverage of the anniversary that made them realize that—whoops, hey—over 1,000 did actually die when a real ship hit a real iceberg and really sank.

Now think about the fact that a transatlantic liner of the same style, though much younger, is currently still afloat as a hotel, museum and event space in Long Beach, California. This ship is the Queen Mary and she's not a stage set or a fauxboat; she's a real ship with a really impressive history and, lucky for her, a real future still afloat.

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The Way We Once Traveled: 'Orchestral Selections' on the Queen Elizabeth

January 18, 2012 at 9:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

We'll fully admit that we save our ticket stubs even sometimes our bag tags. Of course travelers of decades ago were no different; in fact, they were worse. Sometimes we dig up vintage gems that deserve to be shared. All week, we'll look at a few lost pieces of ephemera that continue to inspire.

Water Aerobics. Mixology. A lecture on wildlife photography. Hairiest Chest Contest. These are just a few standard daily activities you'll likely find listed on the schedule of a modern cruise ship. However, it was back when passenger ships were called "liners" that schedules focused on the social, rather than the active and educational, advantages of the journey.

It's within this schedule for the old Cunard liner RMS Queen Elizabeth—her third day of a crossing from New York to Cherbourg/Southampton—that we see this for sure. Where iPad classes would be listed on a 2011 cruise shop activity list, the 1949 version favors watching horse racing or listening to the news broadcast.

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Blast from the Past: Real Photo Postcards

November 10, 2011 at 1:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

Walk through Times Square and at almost any of the cheapie souvenir shops in the area, you'll be able to score 10 postcards for $1. A steal for sure, but a closer look at the cards reveals that they're often outdated, faded or—worst of all—boring.

Travelers from the 1900s through the 1960s would have had a heart attack over this, since back then sending a postcard meant something. It was almost required of you to mail postcards from your destinations to your family, friends and neighbors, and the quality of the card was important.

Real Photo Postcards were popular for this reason. Printing on photo paper meant the picture would be solid, with no printing dots or gradients; it was as close to actually being there (except it was black & white). We were recently presented with this photo postcard from the heyday of the first Cunard liner Queen Elizabeth. At 724 feet long and 85,000 gross tons, she was the largest ship in the world and sailing on her meant you'd be sending a slew of photo postcards.

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of First-Time Cruising

Where: Norway
August 12, 2011 at 4:21 PM | by | Comments (2)

And now a personal dispatch from uncharted waters...those of a virgin cruiser...

As I mentioned on Wednesday, my trip to Norway on Cunard was my first ever cruise. I was ignorant enough to think that a cruise was a good place to go to escape alcohol. What's more is that I was tagging along with a seasoned cruiser and there was obviously a lot I had yet to learn.

Heres what stood out as the good, the bad and the ugly to a first-timer:

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How to Stay Sober on a Cruise: A Firsthand Lesson

Where: Norway
August 10, 2011 at 3:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

And now a first-person dispatch from a special Jaunted contributor (and first-time cruiser):

Not only was my Norwegian cruise last month the first cruise Id ever been on, it was also the first trip Id done since I stopped drinking a couple of months ago. Awesome, I thought as I stuffed my suitcase—a week cut off (literally) from the temptation of bars and clubs. This will be the perfect bridge between America, land of every-other-person-is-in-AA (where Id traveled from), and England, land of if-you-dont-get-hammered-on-a-Monday-night-youll-be-deported (where I was going to).

But the cruise wasnt quite as expected, mainly because there was booze at every turn (duh). Thwarted! Luckily, I battled through and emerged from the Queen Victoria unscathed. Want to do the same? These are some ploys to staying sober that worked for me:

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Norwegian Postcards Show Off Scandinavia's Finest Ass-ets

Where: Norway
August 8, 2011 at 4:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

Norwegian postcards: a victory for sexual equality

Postcards: we may be too digitally-inclined and the postal services may be too expensive to mail them anymore, but we still buy them in droves. And while we loved the beautiful images of fjords and cutesy clapboard houses that we found during a Norwegian cruise on Cunard's Queen Victoria last month, the postcards that most captivated us displayed a very different type of Norwegian assets.

Yes, in Fjordcountry—Flm and Geiranger, to be precise—along with the pretty landscape pictures were a shedload of pictures of naked men in picturesque places. Enjoying the view, showering under a gushing waterfall, strumming a guitar in a flower-filled meadow, skiing...all in various states of undress from shorts to full frontal nudity.

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In-Flight Cocktail of the Month Goes to Sea with Cunard's 'Michal's Cocktail'

August 5, 2011 at 5:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

As many already know, we have a serious obsession with airline cocktails, and so much is our passion that we've created a whole first-Friday-of-the-month feature called In-Flight Cocktail of the Month, which highlights the special concoctions that flight attendants whip up with only a cocktail shaker, some tiny liquor bottles and a whole lot of hope that it won't make you drunk and unruly.

Instead of focusing on a drink at 37,000 feet this month, August's special cocktail is firmly at sea level onboard any of Cunard's three ships: Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria. It's on the QV that we first discovered Michal's Cocktail, and a conversation with Jason, the man in charge of the ship's cocktail menus, solidified our minor obsession with it.

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