Star Trek’s popular Mr. Sulu will be traveling on a different vessel this summer. Actor and social media superstar George Takei will board Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 on her July 28 Transatlantic Crossing from New York to Southampton.
Passengers on the eight-day voyage will enjoy two presentations in the ship’s Royal Court Theatre, along with a question-and-answer session with Takei.
“We are thrilled to welcome George Takei aboard Queen Mary 2 this summer,” said David Dingle, CEO for Cunard Line. “Mr. Takei is considered an icon among Cunard’s guests, and we know they will thoroughly enjoy this unique opportunity to get to know him during the crossing. It’s another example of the exceptional programming we feature in our Insights enrichment program.”
Although his career has spanned five decades, Takei is perhaps best known internationally for his founding role in the original Star Trek television and film series. Takei played the role of Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the starship Enterprise.
“I am really looking forward to sailing aboard Queen Mary 2 this summer,” Takei said in a news release. “This will be my first experience traveling Transatlantic via ocean liner and I’m excited to do it on such an iconic ship.”
Takei is also one of the most well known personalities on Facebook with more than 6.9 million “Likes” to date. In addition, Takei and Tony Award actress Lea Salonga star in the Broadway-bound stage play, Allegiance – A New American Musical. The play is based on the experiences of Takei and his family who were held in internment camps during World War II. More than 120,000 Japanese-Americans were placed in the camps during the war.
Takei is scheduled to give two presentations for Cunard’s Insights program on board:
• “George Takei: Embracing Change” will focus on the many communities that have been central to his life and career: the Japanese-American internment camp of his childhood, the cast and creators of Star Trek, and the Asian-American and LGBT communities for which he has become a leader in the United States.
• “George Takei in Hollywood” will be a trip down memory lane with the actor on his 50-plus years in show business, from his first feature film, 1960’s Ice Palace starring Richard Burton, to his many Star Trek memories, to his upcoming Broadway debut in Allegiance.
Takei is joining a long list of famed entertainers hosted by Cunard during its long history. Legendary notables such as Elizabeth Taylor, Rita Hayworth, Cary Grant and Clark Gable frequently crossed the Atlantic on Cunard’s earlier Queens, Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth; and since Queen Mary 2’s debut nearly ten years ago, the ship has welcomed film notables such as George Lucas, Uma Thurman, John Cleese and Angela Bassett.
Later this year, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter James Taylor, will also join Queen Mary 2 on her August 27 Transatlantic Crossing.
For nearly 175 years, Cunard Line’s Transatlantic Crossing has appealed to a broad range of sophisticated travelers with a love of glamour, elegance and tradition. Queen Mary 2 was christened by Her Majesty the Queen in 2004. Each Crossing aboard Queen Mary 2 features a series of Royal Nights themed balls on the largest dance floor at sea in the Queens Room; and the Royal Court Theatre presents West End-style musical revues and guest performers.
For more information about Queen Mary 2: Call Cunard Line toll free at 1-800-728-6273, or visit www.cunard.com.