Renowned Literati Sir Harold Evans and Tina Brown Light Up Queen Mary 2 July 5 Transatlantic Crossing

Cunard Line Continues Legacy of Hosting Society’s Notables in Transatlantic Splendor

VALENCIA, Calif., June 28 /PRNewswire/ — Legendary publisher, editor and author Sir Harold Evans and his wife, literary powerhouse Tina Brown, will sail on Queen Mary 2′s July 5th eastbound transatlantic crossing, continuing Cunard Line’s tradition of hosting society’s notables and influencers.

“We’re delighted to welcome renowned media icons Sir Harold Evans and Tina Brown aboard Queen Mary 2,” says Jan Swartz, senior vice president of customer service and sales for Cunard Line. “Their illustrious careers have significantly impacted the literary worlds on both sides of the Atlantic, truly reflecting Cunard’s heritage.”

Sir Harold Evans is the author of the critically acclaimed They Made America: From the Steam Engine to the Search Engine, Two Centuries of Innovators, and was the president and publisher of Random House trade group. Evans, who was for 14 years the award winning editor of The Sunday Times of London and The Times, also held the positions in the United States of editorial director and vice chairman of US News & World Report, the New York Daily News, Atlantic Monthly and Fast Company.

He will present three 45-minute programs: two on “The Innovators Who Made Our Modern World,” and one presentation of “The American Century in War and Peace,” an illustrated history of 100 years.

Tina Brown came to fame as a young editor for restoring England’s long-established Tatler magazine to the front ranks, then moved to the United States where she saved the faltering Vanity Fair magazine in the eighties and then revived the illustrious New Yorker in the nineties. She partnered with Miramax Films in founding Talk Magazine and Talk Books, then took up as creative a career in television.

Launching an original new weekly talk show for CNBC weekly program, Topic A with Tina Brown, featuring an unexpected mix of A-list guests from the worlds of business, politics, the arts and Hollywood. In 2000, Brown was awarded the C.B.E. (Commander of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth for her services to overseas journalism.

Continuing the 165-year legacy of Cunard Line’s transatlantic heritage, Queen Mary 2 holds the distinction of being the only ocean liner providing regularly scheduled transatlantic service between New York and Southampton. Cunard liners have long been considered among the most civilized ways to travel and Queen Mary 2 continues the romance of the ocean crossing — where White Star(TM) staff seamlessly cater to the comfort of well-heeled guests, and the fine art of conversation and dressing for dinner are events to be savored. On a Transatlantic crossing aboard Queen Mary 2, time seems to slow down, a benefit which gives guests ample time to experience the myriad of leisurely pursuits on board such as lectures on a variety of topics, taking afternoon tea, dancing in the Queens Room, the largest ballroom at sea, indulging in a healing spa treatment, or tempting lady luck in the casino.

Cunard has an illustrious history of hosting royalty, society luminaries and famed entertainers with peerless cachet. Earlier Cunard “Queens” have welcomed such famous personalities as Elizabeth Taylor, Rita Hayworth, Marlene Dietrich, Cary Grant, Bing Crosby, and Clark Gable. Since Queen Mary 2′s launch in January 2004, she has continued to play host to such notable guests as John Cleese, Katie Couric, Donald Trump, and Dame Shirley Bassey, while eminent visitors have included Her Majesty The Queen, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Senator Hilary Clinton.

Queen Mary 2 is the largest (151,400 tons), longest (1,132 feet), tallest (236 feet), widest (135 feet) and most expensive ($800 million) passenger vessel ever built. Aboard the famous ship, like-minded travelers will enjoy the Cunard hallmarks of impeccable White Star Service(TM), fine dining, sumptuous surroundings, civilized adventure and the legacy of historic voyages and transatlantic travel.

Queen Mary 2 will sail 26 Atlantic crossings in 2005 and offers a variety of cruises to Northern Europe, the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. More records will be broken in winter 2006 when she becomes the largest passenger ship ever to circumnavigate South America with maiden calls planned for the US West Coast and Hawaii.

For more information on Queen Mary 2, consult a travel professional, call 1-800-7CUNARD or visit the website at

Cunard Line has operated the most famous ocean liners in the world since 1840. Cunard vessels have a classic British heritage and include the legendary Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth 2. Queen Victoria joins the fleet in 2007.

Cunard Line is a proud member of World’s Leading Cruise Lines. The exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises, Windstar Cruises and The Yachts of Seabourn. Sharing a passion to please each guest, and a commitment to quality and value, member lines appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets. Together they offer exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world’s most desirable destinations.

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