For the past 180 years Cunard has been bringing people together, introducing guests from all over the world to extraordinary adventures and experiences. The Cunard fleet of Queens – Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth – takes you to a world of iconic destinations and inspiring journeys. From short breaks to fortnights in the Mediterranean, to the legendary Transatlantic Crossing and exotic World Voyages, sailing with Cunard is always an unforgettable experience, with the freedom to do as much or as little as you please.
Having the largest libraries at sea and having hosted some of the most famous authors and journalists past and present, it was only a matter of time that a partnership with the world’s oldest and most renowned literature festival would be formed.
Cunard, The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival are in their third year of working together to celebrate the written word in all its wonderful variations.
On land, we take part in the UK’s oldest literary festival, presenting a series of Author Events and hosting the Writers’ Lounge in association with Cunard.
At sea, the Festival comes alive on board Queen Mary 2, with a Transatlantic Crossing like no other… The Literature Festival at Sea. Seven days on Cunard’s flagship sailing between Southampton and New York bringing the spirit of the Festival to the high seas.
The Literature Festival at Sea offers book lovers an incredible opportunity to join some of the best-loved authors, historians, poets, and critics, as well as journalists from The Times and The Sunday Times.
Discover more about Queen Mary 2’s Literature Festival at Sea voyages here.
We are proud of our partnership with The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival and we look forward to welcoming you on board in the not too distant future.
Introducing Cunard’s Author Events.
A world that revolves about you.
Welcome to Cunard and experience a world of extraordinary adventures, carefully curated to make the most of your time.
Each of our ships is a destination in its own right, a world inspired by the legacy of our past, yet with all the modern comforts and conveniences that make the present so enriching. And what a world it is. Waiters wearing white gloves, expansive decks free from crowds and West End calibre theatre shows.
Explorers, authors and astronauts are regularly among the guest speakers on board, while our wine academy offers opportunity to return home with an official industry accreditation. On roundtrip voyages, guests benefit from limitless luggage allowances, while complimentary wine in your stateroom is just the start of the warm welcome you’ll experience on board.
Read our inspirational articles to explore our favourite destinations and discover what life is like on board a Cunard Queen.
Literature Festival at Sea 2021.
Queen Mary 2
14-21 November 2021, Southampton to New York
Following its success in 2019, Queen Mary 2’s Literature Festival at Sea returns in 2021, offering book lovers the unique opportunity to join some of the world’s best-loved authors, historians, poets and critics. With unmissable special guests like Bernadine Evaristo, Lynda La Plante and Jamie Susskind, this promises to be another incredible journey.