January 5, 1986 |
For the first time in 12 years, Cunard/NAC's Vistafjord, sister ship to the prestigious Sagafjord, is in the port of Los Angeles for a brief series of cruises during January. While most of the sailings are charters, two have been available for general booking: a three-day party cruise to Ensenada and San Diego on Jan. 28 (latest word from Cunard says it's already sold out) and a 15-day transcanal sailing from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale on Jan. 31 (with some space still open).
January 22, 2012 |
The British couple - she in a long black dress, he in a traditional tux - leaned against the elevator's polished wood paneling as they headed back to their cabin after an evening performance in the main showroom. Embarrassed at my casual clothes and running shoes, I stammered, "We decided not to dress up and went to the buffet instead of the main dining room. " "Lucky you," she said. "There are 46 more formal nights for us. " "You're on the entire world cruise?" I asked. They were - all 103 days of it. We were not. Of the 2,500 passengers who boarded the QM2 in January 2011 in Southampton, England; New York; or Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; only 530 were making the entire voyage - from Great Britain or the United States to Barbados, Brazil, Uruguay, South Africa, Australia, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand, India, Dubai, Egypt, Italy, Monte Carlo and back home.
February 23, 1988 |
Garish Days by Lynn Caraganis (Weidenfeld & Nicholson: $15.95; 214 pages) The year is 1938, the narrator 19-year-old Louise Merrill, the setting a ship bound for Cherbourg, the style pure meringue. "Garish Days" is the sort of book no one writes anymore; a novel to be read on a chaise longue with a box of bonbons at hand or perhaps wrapped in a Cunard blanket of your own, whiling away the time between morning bouillon and lunch.
March 21, 1999 |
Last spring's acquisition of Cunard Line by cruise giant Carnival Corp. does not mean the Queen Elizabeth 2 will be turned into a "fun ship," but it does mean a lot of short- and long-term changes not only to Cunard but to Carnival's luxury-label Seabourn as well.
November 28, 1996
Robert Cunard has been hired as the Irvine boys' tennis coach, school officials said Wednesday. Cunard, a graduate of Laguna Beach High, has been the Artist junior varsity coach. He replaces Mike Fazio, who will coach the Vaquero track and field team.
March 17, 1991 |
If you've been waiting for a good reason, this may be the year to take a luxury liner to Europe. Cunard Line has announced discounted transatlantic fares, offering two-for-one deals and low-cost standby rates, some good throughout 1991. For business travelers, a sea crossing eliminates jet lag, allows time for work in the ship's computer center or executive board room, and for working out en route in the Golden Door spa.
July 17, 2004 |
Cruise behemoth Carnival Corp. will relocate its upscale Cunard line from Miami to Santa Clarita this year, the company said Friday. Cunard will share administrative and technology functions with Carnival's Princess Cruises unit, which is already based in Santa Clarita. The move will save the world's largest cruise company about $20 million the first year, Carnival said. About 180 of Cunard's 300 employees will be let go.
December 9, 1995
Lord Matthews, 76, former head of Cunard Line and London's Express Newspapers. The former Victor Collin Matthews delivered newspapers as a youth and, after service in the Royal Navy during World War II, began his long business career at a then-small firm called Trafalgar House. Over two decades, he helped turn it into a multimillion-dollar shipping, property, construction and leisure group.
January 24, 2010 |
The rising sun peeked under red-orange clouds splayed over the Caribbean port of Cristóbal and backlighted the small armada of ships anchored there, waiting their turn at the Panama Canal. Cups of cappuccino in hand, my wife, Laurel, and I stepped out on the veranda of our cabin aboard Cunard Line's Queen Victoria, two weeks into its 2009 world cruise from Southampton, England. FOR THE RECORD: Queen Victoria: A Jan. 24 article about crossing the Panama Canal on the cruise ship Queen Victoria identified a ship in the Port of Los Angeles as the Jeremiah O'Brien.
April 26, 2011 |
Britain's royals have much to celebrate these days. There's the royal wedding on Friday -- the first such celebration since Prince Charles married Diana Spencer in 1981. And last week, Queen Elizabeth II turned 85 (though she won't publicly party until June 11). Now commoners too have something to celebrate, as Cunard Line toasts both events with a sale on selected fall cruises aboard its royal-named fleet. The deal: The Royal Celebration Sale offers discounts and free upgrades on selected transatlantic crossings as well as cruises of the Mediterranean, the British Isles, Canada and the U.S., the Canary Islands and the Caribbean.