Planetarium at Sea

Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 is offering a space and stargazing themed Atlantic voyage that sets sail on 6th October 2017.

The British cruise line, Cunard, has announced its new Atlantic cruise for the Queen Mary 2 liner that will sail from New York on 6th October and dock in Southampton on 13th October.

The cruise will coincide with International World Space Week that takes place in October, to offer a stargazing themed expedition for all its guests.

This cruise will feature a range of space themed experiences including scientific talks from renowned space experts such as Dr Jeffrey Hoffman, NASA astronaut, scientist and former shuttle pilot, and Charles Barclay from the Royal Astronomical Society as well as others.

Passengers will also be able to visit the world’s only Planetarium at Sea: a venue with a dome that takes passengers on a virtual journey into the stars to enjoy three dimensional displays and shows.

Passengers will also be encouraged to stargaze for themselves on the deck of the ship from various vantage points in the Atlantic Ocean.

Added to this trip will be the opportunity to take a pre-voyage tour of the Hayden Planetarium and the Rose Center for Space at the American Museum of Natural History followed by a VIP tour of the Intrepid Museum of Air, Sea and Space in New York before setting sail. There will also be the chance to stay for two nights at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich upon arrival in the UK.

Angus Struthers, director of Cunard, said: “The universe, space and space exploration captures the imagination like few other subjects. 

“Whether you’re an avid astronomer or have ever wondered ‘what’s out there?’ this very special voyage will prove highly memorable”

World Space Week has taken place every year on 4th October until the 10th October, since 1999. It has grown into what is said to be the largest public event on Earth, with more than 1,800 events in 73 countries celebrating the wonders of space in 2015.

The Queen Mary 2 and Cunard will become part of this global celebration in 2017. 

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