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Cunard Speaker Program Celebrates 40 Years With Exciting Line-up

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Cunard has announced its line-up of guest speakers for the upcoming 2014 world cruises with authors, professors, broadcasters and even award-winning television writers joining Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria as they sail around the globe.

The cruise line will mark its 40th anniversary year of Cunard’s speaker program – Cunard Insights – with a number of leading lights including celebrated authors Bill Bryson and Sir Max Hastings, award-winning TV writers Dick Clement and Ian Le Frenais, eminent Professor of Science and Society Lord Winston, broadcaster and Royal commentator Jennie Bond, and Falklands and Counter-Terrorism expert Admiral Lord West.

Cunard was the first cruise company to introduce speakers as a key part of its entertainment schedule and in the four decades since 1974, its award-winning speaker program has featured eminent names including Nelson Mandela, John Cleese, President Jimmy Carter and Australia’s own Baz 250x250TICBannerLuhrmann.

“The quality of our ‘Insights’ speaker program on board our ships is something which sets Cunard apart and we are delighted to welcome such pre-eminent and internationally respected figures to our 2014 world cruise speaker line-up,” Cunard Line CEO David Dingle said.  “They will bring an extra dimension of interest and engagement to our passenger experience onboard.”

  • Bill Bryson: Queen Elizabeth, New York to San Francisco, January 18- February 5  

Internationally renowned as a writer and broadcaster, Bill Bryson is the best-selling author of books such as “Notes from a Small Island” and “A Short History of Nearly Everything,” a science volume that won the Descartes prize. His books have sold over 10 million copies worldwide. He recently sailed on Queen Mary 2 from New York to Canada – this short video clip highlights some of his Q&A session.

  • Sir Max Hastings: Queen Mary 2, Cape Town to Sydney, January 28– February 19

Sir Max Hastings is an author, journalist and broadcaster whose work has appeared in every British national newspaper. He has written 22 books and his latest, “Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War,” has just been published to wide acclaim.

  • Lord Robert Winston: Queen Mary 2, Bali to Shanghai via Australia, March 2-29 Ma

Robert Winston first achieved prominence as an expert in human fertility.  Now the first Professor of Science and Society at Imperial College London and Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies there, he runs a research program with a long-term aim of improving human transplantation.

  • Dick Clement and Ian Le Frenais: Queen Mary 2, Southampton to Cape Town, January 10 – 27  

Together, this comedy-writing duo have enjoyed a unique creative partnership spanning more than four decades. From “The Likely Lads” in the 1960’s, to the award-winning follow-up series, “Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?”, the team went on to create “Porridge,” starring Ronnie Barker and in recent years they have been as busy as ever, including adapting “The Rotters’ Club” and “Archangel,” starring Daniel Craig, for the BBC.

  • Jennie Bond: Queen Victoria, Fort Lauderdale to Buenos Aires, January 12 – 28

Jennie Bond has been broadcasting about Britain’s Royal Family for 25 years, through some of the most turbulent times the monarchy has known. She’s also well-known on British television as a presenter of the antiques show “Cash in the Attic” – but it was probably her time in “I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here,” when she was buried in a coffin full of rats in the Australian jungle, that made her a household name

  • Admiral Lord West: Queen Victoria, Buenos Aires to Chile, January 28 – February 9

Admiral The Right Honourable Baron West of Spithead, GCB, DSC, PC, ADC, DUniv, is a former First Sea Lord and Minister for Security and Counter-Terrorism. He spent the majority of his naval career at sea, including commanding the frigate HMS Ardent to the Falkland Islands in 1982 and leading the Navy during its successful role in the initial invasion of Iraq.

For more details on Cunard visit www.cunard.com, phone 132441 or see a licensed travel agent.

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