June 23, 2009
We Are Cunard
Posted in: Queen Mary 2
Countdown to Queen Elizabeth – 442 days
As many of you will be aware the legendary singer song writer James Taylor is currently sailing on Queen Mary 2 from New York to Southampton and will be entertaining guests while he is on board. I’m going to pass over to Brian O’Connor who is sailing with him for an update on the crossing so far:
James Taylor departed New York on Queen Mary 2’s 19 June Transatlantic Crossing.Along with his band, joining him enroute to England to kick off their summer tour, are his wife Kim, twin sons Rufus and Henry and his mother Trudy Taylor.
This Cunard voyage fulfils a lifelong dream of Taylor’s who shared in a new book entitled “My Favorite Place on Earth” in which a chapter is written about him…in it he reveals that his favourite place is in the middle of the North Atlantic.During the voyage, Taylor and the band are rehearsing for a 10 week tour that will visit nine countries and perform 22 concerts.
During the Crossing, Ray Rouse, Queen Mary 2’s Entertainment Director interviewed James Taylor in the Royal Court Theatre in front of a live audience.Following the interview James graciously greeted, signed autographs and took photos with more than 200 adoring fans.He stayed one hour longer than scheduled because he wanted to meet each person who had waited in line for nearly two hours.
James and his band will present two Cunard Command Performances, a late and early concert for the two dinner seatings on the final two nights of the voyage.Tickets have been distributed and, as one would expect, both shows are FULL.
Brian will be posting a special Blog next week with a full report on the crossing and of course James Taylor’s performances, hopefully with some video footage.
I’ll be back on Thursday with a special Blog about Cunard’s involvement with the Prince’s Trust charity which does amazing work with underprivileged youngsters. In fact there are lots of fascinating Blogs coming up including a special guest Blogger to mark the 169th anniversary of Britannia’s maiden crossing. Then of course I’ll be in Italy for Queen Elizabeth’s keel laying ceremony, so lots to share with you. Thank you again for all the comments, please do keep them coming.
Cheers – Alastair