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Q518  2nd -7th October 2015
Southampton / Sea Day / Amsterdam (overnight) / Bruges / Southampton


Queen Elizabeth is delighted to host the social occasion of the cruise calendar – her spectacular 5th Birthday Big Band Ball. Cunard officially took receipt of Queen Elizabeth from the ship yard on the 4th October 2010, so this 5-night cruise promises to celebrate in spectacular style!

Originating in the US in the iconic 20s era, the big band phenomena soon took the world by storm by creating the party of all parties!  A large orchestral ensemble incorporating a full complement of trumpets, trombones, saxophones, rhythm section and vocalists delighted guests around the world with a wide repertoire of arrangements from the Big Band and Swing era. 

Queen Elizabeth is delighted to replicate this sensational musical genre in celebration of her 5th Birthday on board her Q518 cruise. Fares start from £499pp with FREE on board credit on selected stateroom grades. Here's what's included:-


  • There will be a 5th Birthday Big Band Ball on the evening of the 3 October 2015 to include a midnight countdown to the 4 October 2015 anniversary.
  • Queen Elizabeth’s magnificent 14 piece Big Band orchestra will delight guests with music from Glenn Miller, Ted Heath, Count Basie and Duke Ellington. The Queens Room's highly regarded vocalist will add material drawn from the libraries of Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan and The Rat Pack as well as modern performers such as Michael Buble, Jamie Cullum and Harry Connick Jr to create the social ball of the year!  
  • The beautifully adorned Queens Room ballroom will provide the perfect backdrop for the epitome of glamour at sea as guests in formal black tie dress dance the night away on the largest dance floor at sea.
  • Formal gala dinner prior to ball with commemorative Queen Elizabeth menu
  • Feature celebration birthday cake to be cut at midnight (or similar focal point)


Other exciting events on this cruise include a host of additional celebrations:-

  • The Overtures, the UK’s finest 60s tribute act will perform one full Theatre set and a Queens Room party set during the voyage. To quote Sir Elton John after the Overtures performed at the celebration of his civil partnership with David Furnish: “This band is amazing! They're just the best band of their kind in the world.” 
  • Maritime Historian and Cunard expert, Eric Flounders will bring the history of Queen Elizabeth and her predecessors to life with his illuminating talk.
  • Critically acclaimed comedian with regular TV appearances, Mick Miller will entertain guests with his humorous repertoire (Mick Miller’s biography below).
  • and a 2nd gala ball with Cunard's 175th Anniversary Ball!

For more information or to check availability and fares, please call Bolsover Cruise Club on 01246 819819. Click here to view >


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