George Takei to Headline Queen Mary 2’s Holiday Voyage

Queen Mary 2 in New York City, New York, your point of departure and return for the Holiday Voyage.

Do we need to book that special get-away? We understand, we really do. This time of year can be a great time to be with family or a great opportunity to get away from it all.  One way that we’ve done both, is to reserve an experience on a Cunard Cruise.

Cunard is the only cruise line to offer regularly scheduled Transatlantic service between New York and London. The cruise line elevates travel one step further by offering extraordinary special event voyages celebrating fashion, ancestry, astronomy, wine and more. We were fortunate enough to be on on their special February cruise this year and covered it in Travel Thursday: Cruising With Style On Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 Annual Transatlantic Fashion Week


Another one of its well sought after voyages is Cunard’s December Caribbean Cruise, part of the luxury cruise line’s renowned Insights program.  This year, Cunard welcomes back renowned actor, author, and activist George Takei to headline the holiday voyage on Cunard’s flagship liner Queen Mary 2, from December 22, 2019 to Jan 3, 2020.

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During the 12-night Caribbean voyage, round-trip from New York City, George will be offering two presentations, a Q&A, and a book signing for guests.

His first talk will focus on American history and his childhood spent in a Japanese American internment camp during WWII.

In his second lecture, George will discuss his favorite Hollywood moments and behind-the-scenes anecdotes with some of his famous friends such as Tom Hanks, Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, Cary Grant, Brad Pitt, Howard Stern, Leonard Nimoy, Patrick Stewart and Jane Fonda.



I am looking forward to spending the holidays onboard the magnificent ocean liner Queen Mary 2 this December. I have sailed on this ship before – the staff go above and beyond to make every day memorable and the guests are engaging and interested to hear about my life and work. I have no doubt this will be another exceptional experience. – George Takei

He first sailed with Cunard as an Insights speaker in 2014 when Queen Mary 2 screened the documentary “To be Takei,” about his journey from imprisoned child to pop culture icon.

Most of us know George Takei from his role as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise, in the acclaimed TV series Star Trek. He has appeared in several other television shows as guests or reoccurring characters (Fresh Off the BoatHawaii Five-0The New NormalThe Big Bang TheoryHeroesWill & GraceMiami Vice,MacGyverThe Six Million Dollar ManMission: Impossible and The Twilight Zone, among others).

December 2019 Caribbean Cruise Insights itinerary.

Takei put on his author hat several times and has written 5 books, and he is well-know as an activist for LGBTQ Rights, Human Rights, and Japan-U.S. relations.

It’s been said that George Takei is arguably one of the most recognizable Asian-American figures alive, and we are thrilled to welcome him back on our flagship Queen Mary 2’s holiday voyage. Our guests will relish the opportunity to learn from George about his life – his struggles and successes – in an exclusive experience, continuing Cunard’s legacy of hosting ‘Stars Aboard.’ – Josh Leibowitz, SVP Cunard North America.

Britannia Restaurant on the Queen Mary 2

Cunard’s onboard Insights program offers guests an unmatched opportunity to learn from and mingle with captivating experts from various industries on every voyage, holding lectures and Q&As throughout the trip. Recent speakers have included Alan Cumming, Keegan-Michael Key, and John Landis.


For more information about Cunard, or to book a voyage, contact your Travel Advisor, call Cunard at 1-800-728-6273 or visit  When we called this morning the cruise was going to be very well attended. By visiting the site, you can also sign up for the Cunard newsletter and sign up to receive limited time cruise deals, special offers, insider tips, and more.

One of the many state rooms on the Queen Mary 2

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Cunard is a proud member of World’s Leading Cruise Lines, a part of Carnival Corporation & PLC (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), the largest cruise vacation company in the world. Some of their recent accolades are:

  • #1 Mega-Ship Ocean Cruise Line’ by Travel + Leisure’s 2018
  • 2017 and 2016 World’s Best Awards and Best Service, Best Onboard Enrichment, and ‘Best World Cruise’ by Porthole Cruise Magazine’s
  • 2018 Readers Choice Awards

Together Cunard, Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, P&O Cruises (Australia) and P&O Cruises (UK) operate 102 ships visiting over 700 ports around the world and totaling 226,000 lower berths.

Kennels photography for Cunard on board Queen Mary 2 in Southampton.
Picture date: Sunday August 19, 2018.
Photograph by Christopher Ison ©07544044177

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