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Cunard to Celebrate World Space Week With Transatlantic Cruise in 2017

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Cunard Line | Patrick Clarke | October 05, 2016

Cunard to Celebrate World Space Week With Transatlantic Cruise in 2017

PHOTO: Cunard's flagship Queen Mary 2. (Photo via Cunard Line) 


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The good news for International World Space Week fans is that the Cunard Line is rolling out a special cruise in celebration of the annual holiday. 

The bad news is that you'll have to wait until October 2017 to experience it.

The Santa Clarita, California-based cruise line announced Tuesday that it will offer a transatlantic voyage coinciding with World Space Week in October 2017. The cruise, which will take place aboard the Queen Mary 2, will feature a plethora of space-themed experiences, including expert speakers and planetarium shows.

"Throughout history, the Cunard brand has been synonymous with exporation and adventure," said Cunard North America president Richard Meadows in a statement. "We are pleased to offer guests the opportunity to understand, explore and delight in the universe as Queen Mary 2 sails across the Atlantic, giving guests a unique vantage point to discover land, sea and space."

READ MORE: WATCH: Cunard Line's Queen Mary 2 Review

Featured speakers include NASA astronaut Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman, the Royal Astronomical Society's Charles Barclay, Virgin Galactic commercial director Stephen Attenborough and NASA historian Ken MacTaggart. 

In addition to the talks, passengers will have access to the only planetarium at sea aboard the Queen Mary 2, where they'll be able to experience space through three dimensional shows. 

Plus, passengers will be able to stargaze from the Queen Mary 2's outside deck space. 

For die-hard space fans, Cunard will offer a VIP tour of Hayden Planetarium and the Rose Center for Space at New York's American Museum of Natural History as well as a VIP tour of the Big Apple's Intrepid Museum of Air, Sea and Space.

When passengers arrive in the United Kingdom, Cunard will off a two-night package that includes a tour of England's iconic Royal Observatory in Greenwich.

Officially declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 1999, World Space Week is commerorated between October 4-10 each year. The two dates are significant in that October 4, 1957 was the day the Soviets launched Sputnik into orbit and October 10, 1967 was the day the Outer Space Treaty was signed.


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