Set Sail on an Otherworldly Cunard Cruise
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Cunard Line has announced a special cruise to celebrate next year's World Space Week. On the week-long sail to Southampton, England, passengers can attend talks from a NASA historian, a former astronaut, and the Commercial Director of Virgin Galactic, Stephen Attenborough.

"Our guests are avid learners, and our enrichment offerings are key to their Transatlantic experience," said Jackie Chase, Director of Public Relations with Cunard. "Creating this special crossing in tandem with World Space Week was a natural fit given the sensibilities and interests of our guests."

It makes perfect sense, then, that the voyage—which begins Oct. 6, 2017—will be aboard the Queen Mary 2, the only ship with an on-board planetarium. Though Cunard guests have enjoyed planetarium shows since the experience debuted in 2004, the World Space Week voyage will unveil a new show.

There are also opportunities for space-themed shore excursions and stays, including a two-night stint in New York with a visit to the Hayden Planetarium, Rose Center for Space, and Intrepid Museum of Air, Sea, and Space. Or opt for a post-sailing extension to visit the Exceptional Science Museum in London and Royal Observatory in Greenwich.

Cabins aboard the World Space Week sailing of the Queen Mary 2 start at $1,299 for an inside cabin, based on double occupancy.