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Award-Winning Musical ‘Top Hat’ Added to Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria



WHY IT RATES: Experience an award-winning musical while sailing the lap of luxury.—Donald Wood, Breaking News Senior Writer.

Luxury cruise line Cunard will launch the musical Top Hat at the Royal Court Theatre exclusively on board Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria beginning this September. The musical will premiere onboard Queen Victoria September 3 and Queen Elizabeth September 17 and will be performed exclusively on Cunard ships for the next four years.

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Winner of three Laurence Olivier awards including Best New Musical, Top Hat is a romantic comedy set in the 1930’s Hollywood Golden Age and is known for its dazzling costumes and set-design as well as iconic tap dancing. The show is based on RKO’s 1935 motion picture of the same name and features music and lyrics by famed American composer Irving Berlin. Guests aboard the Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria will soon be able to experience the story of Jerry Travers, a man that dances his way across Europe on a legendary voyage to win the heart of society girl Dale Tremont.

“Top Hat perfectly matches the Frank Matcham style theatres on board Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth, which complements this visually outstanding show perfectly,” said Matthew White, the production’s original stage show director. White also co-adapted the stage script from the film and is now assisting with adapting the show for its at-sea debut.

“We are thrilled to bring this glamorous musical to our stage for the very first time exclusively on Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria,” said Josh Leibowitz, SVP Cunard North America. “Providing guests with exclusive entertainment and the best of musical theatre creates extraordinary experiences that can be found only on Cunard.”

For more information, reach out to your local travel agent.

SOURCE: Cunard press release.

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Windstar President John Delaney to Step Down, Prelog Elevated to COO



John Delaney, president of Windstar Cruises since July 2016, will step down March 4 “to focus on personal priorities,” the company announced Feb. 28.

Andrew Todd, president and CEO of parent company Xanterra Leisure Holding, will continue as CEO of the small-ship cruise line. Delaney will provide advice to the brand during the transition through March.

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Christopher Prelog, vice president of fleet operations at Windstar and former vice president at Seabourn Cruise Line, will assume the role as chief operating officer of Windstar Cruises.

In addition, Betsy O’Rourke, chief marketing officer for Xanterra and the former senior vice president of marketing at Royal Caribbean, will lend her expertise to the Windstar brand.

This is a time of growth and expansion for the small-ship line. Its $250 Million Star Plus Initiative will lengthen three of Windstar’s yacht-like motor ships so new suites, dining venues and public spaces can be added. The first of the stretched ships, Star Breeze, is slated to return to service in May 2020.

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