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.
June 27, 2011 |
Food fit for a queen? Apparently not always on Cunard Line's Queen Mary 2 ocean liner, which received a failing grade this month from federal sanitation inspectors. Cunard, blaming the rare slip-up mainly on a single area of the ship , said last week that it had fixed the problems. Among issues that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in a June 10 inspection of the ship were potentially hazardous foods stored at the wrong temperatures, a blocked hand-washing sink, inadequate record-keeping and a human hair found inside a lid in an ice machine.
February 4, 2011 |
A new queen is visiting Los Angeles this winter: The Queen Victoria ocean liner. This sedate and oh-so-British Cunard Line vessel, which called Jan. 30 in L.A., will return Feb. 13 for a four-night round trip to Ensenada, Mexico . Her other 2011 sailings from here will be longer. Among them is a 14-night round trip to Hawaii that departs Feb. 17; a 15-night Panama Canal cruise that departs March 3 and ends in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; a 42-night cruise that extends the March 3 itinerary to other ports in the Caribbean, Portugal and other destinations, ending in England ; and another 14-night round trip to Hawaii, which departs Dec. 21. Art Sbarsky, a correspondent for Cruise Week , an industry newsletter, who sailed on the the Queen Victoria en route to the West Coast, filed a report this week that said, in part: "This is a decidedly classy, quiet, elegant ship that attracts an older audience with virtually no kids.