Gerry Barker’s Interview with Jackie Chase, North American Director of Public Relations for Cunard

photo from Gerry Barker

  I’ve had the pleasure of working with Jackie Chase, Cunard’s North American Director of Public Relations, since I started writing about cruising. She is the consummate professional at what she does. Meet Jackie, and learn more her, her job and Cunard’s storied history in this Q&A. Q. How long have you been with Cunard and what attracted you to the opportunity? A. I began my career in Public Relations in 1999, when I joined a boutique …

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Six Unexpected Things Cunard Does Really Well

  Most big cruise lines know how to deliver luxury at a price point. As a veteran cruiser, you have your favorites. My wife and I are big fans of Cunard, having completed our 15th voyage and getting up to Diamond status in their World Club. Over time, we have discovered six things (you don’t think about) that Cunard does very well. Expedited boarding. Although the ship rarely feels crowded when you are at sea, there’s always …

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Never Be Bored: 18 Things to Do Before Dinner on QM2

  Below is a blog courtesy of my friend, Bryce Sanders. Enjoy! Veteran cruisers choose 2nd seating for dinner. If you are travelling on QM2 and dining in Britannia, there’s a big window of time between 4:00 PM and 8:30 PM, especially on transatlantic crossings. This might be downtime, but it can also be put to good use. Let’s assume you went to afternoon tea at 3:30 PM. Who wants to miss out on white gloved servers …

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101 Captivating Reasons to Choose a Cunard Transatlantic Crossing for Your Travel Vacation

Indulgence and Inspiration Aboard the World’s Only True Ocean Liner                                                                                                       Cunard first started crossing the Atlantic Ocean in 1840. For many years, sailing was how celebrities, politicians …

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Queen Mary 2 Travel Diary- Moments Of Sophistication and History

Cunard never disappoints; their ships are unfailingly beautiful, luxurious and complete with amenities, yet they capture a glamour of days gone by.  I have been lucky enough to sail on this line several times, and am posting a travel diary I wrote during one of my voyages- a six-day sailing on the QM2.  I hope you enjoy my notes of a ship with the flair of a bygone era.- Heidi Wednesday – A Stroll in Olde Londontowne …

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Queen Mary 2: Is she truly a “unique” ship?

In recent years, the standard way of constructing new cruise ships is to make several of the same design, thus reducing the cost of creating and implementing different designs. Rarely can a ship call itself “unique,” means “one-of-a-kind.” The Queen Mary 2 — the flagship of Cunard Lines — does so and with justification. For one thing, she defines herself as an “ocean liner” which means she sails a regularly scheduled route between points A and B …

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The Queen Mary 2: What is there to do all day long at sea?

ABOARD THE QUEEN MARY 2 – We had a most interesting lunch today. Four of the people who joined our table in the Brittania Dining Room were part of the Road Scholar group and they were absorbed with studying British murder mysteries. The question they discussed between themselves today was which was better: The Detective Morse mysteries or the Endeavour series (which we learned came after the original Morse series but told of his younger years.) Now, …

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Cunard celebrates the Royal Wedding aboard the QM2

ABOARD THE QUEEN MARY 2 – We have only been on the QM2 a couple of days. Our first day was mostly spent exploring the ship and its many activities. Rain and cold weather kept most everyone inside so the atmosphere was subdued. Yesterday was a whole ‘nother story. Much attention was paid to the Royal Wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry and American Meghan Markle which transpired early in the day. I turned on the telly to …

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A crossing on the QM2: Not like any other cruise

The last couple of days before departing on a trip are always busy with an array of last-minute to-dos. Today is no exception. We are leaving on Wednesday to fly to New York to board the Queen Mary 2 for a transatlantic crossing. Usually the crossing is straightforward – six days of sailing and then you get off in Southampton, England. This particular itinerary is a bit different in that while it does call in Southampton, it …

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Planning a Wedding at Sea?

Transatlantic travel should be a majestic experience, one that evokes the pleasures of a golden era.  This is perhaps bestcaptured by Cunard, a name that has long been synonymous with luxury cruising.   Over time, they have refurbished and updated their ships while still holding true to the traditional values that have made them so popular. Now, they’ve added a program sure to have  guests singing their praises: the Cunard Wedding Programme. Please read on for a quick …

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