Here is your chance to sail on one of the most luxurious cruise ships during an unforgettable event. Cunard’s Queen Victoria pays tribute to the Lusitania on the 100th anniversary of her sinking, a tragic event which may have ushered the United States into WWI. During the commemorative journey, all guests will be invited to attend ceremonies and events at the memorial in Cobh, close to where Lusitania still lies.
According to Cunard’s press:
“The Lusitania (1907), also called at the time ‘Lucy’, was a true ‘Monarch of the Sea’ designed to outclass the German liners like Kaisee Wilhelm der Gross and the Deutschland. Cunard decreed that their accommodation was to be ‘of a spaciousness and splendour hitherto unknown outside the great luxury hotels of the world’.”
“While still serving as a passenger liner, she left New York for Liverpool on 1st May 1915 with 1959 passengers and crew onboard. On 7th May 1915, a single torpedo fired from the German U-boat U-20 slammed into the starboard side of the Lusitania off the southern coast of Ireland. The ship listed and sank in just 18 minutes. While 761 of those on board were rescued, most were not so fortunate.”
“The Lusitania was the largest ship ever built, until her sister Mauretania was completed the same year, 1907.”
“Designed to be the fastest ship on the Atlantic, she took the Blue Riband Award for crossing to New York in 4 days, 19 hours and 52 minutes.”
“Built for war as well as peace she was capable to carry guns and travel 25 knots in order to outpace submarines.”
This opportunity is presented by The Crown Publishing Group, Tastebook; Travel+Leisure, and coincides with the publication of Erik Larson’s highly anticipated new book, Dead Wake.
“One of the most luxurious vessels the world had known… the Lusitania tended to draw the richest, most prominent passengers.”
—ERIK LARSON’S DEAD WAKE
Indulge in seven glorious days on the historic Lusitania Remembered cruise, sailing from England to Guernsey, France and Ireland. Revel in Queen Victoria‘s many culinary and entertainment offerings and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Lusitania.
Winners will enjoy:
•Onboard speakers: maritime historian Chris Frame and journalist Martin Bell
•Invitations to anniversary ceremonies in Cobh, Ireland
•Signed copies of Dead Wake, the newest novel by New York Times bestselling author Erik Larson
Check out the library on the Queen Victoria! Two-tiers with wood panels; a spiral staircase and 6,000 volumes. I wouldn’t need to pack a back-up book for the cruise!
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