Thursday, September 1, 2011

Get “Decked Out” Aboard The World’s Most Famous Ocean Liners

With airline charges and weight regulations for luggage making it more difficult to pack, some cruise travelers choose to leave their formal wear at home these days. Even so, dressing up, always “de rigeur” aboard a Cunard liner, is as popular as ever, as evidenced by a recent survey, “Getting Decked Out: Attitudes about Dressing Up.”

Commissioned by Cunard Line, the online survey measured the attitudes of 1,500 U.S. residents about dressing up and revealed that more than half of the respondents enjoy dressing up five times or more each year. Similarly, nearly 60 percent of those surveyed said they would like to have more opportunities to dress up. Respondents indicated that dressing up made them feel “attractive,” “sophisticated,” and “elegant” and much to the delight of Cunard, dressing up on a cruise vacation is favored over a land vacation.

You don’t have to be Paris Hilton on the red carpet to feel famous when you dress to the nines for formal dinners and themed balls on Cunard liners. However, on a Cunard voyage, you might travel with some of the world’s most well-known luminaries, and experience entertainment and leisurely pursuits thought only to have been available to a very few. From iconic singer-songwriter James Taylor, global peacemaker Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and comedic genius John Cleese, to publishing power couple Tina Brown and Sir Harold Evans, actress Uma Thurman, and singer Carly Simon, Cunard guests are able to meet some of today’s most famous personalities. You can enjoy a private viewing box in the Royal Court Theatre, learn the dashing art of fencing aboard Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth, and dance nightly to a live orchestra in the Queens Room across the fleet.

Photo: Formal Dining on Queen Mary 2 ©

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