Cunard Launches New York Times Crossword-Themed Voyage

By ,   August 20, 2017 ,   Cruise Industry

Departing from New York December 8, 2017 and landing in port of Southampton December 15, the 7-night Cunard voyage, with per-person fares from US$799, celebrates the 75th anniversary of New York Times crossword puzzle, a brainteaser which started back in 1942 and has appeared on a daily basis in the paper since 1950.

Passengers will sail aboard the Queen Mary 2 liner, which underwent a US$125 million-plus redesign and refit last summer. 

QM2 ship

QM2 onboard Times team includes crossword contributor Natan Last, “Wordplay” columnist Deb Amlen, digital puzzles editor Joel Fagliano, and Ben Zimmer, who wrote the Times’ magazine’s “On Language” column.

During the voyage, an early copy of the crossword for the next morning will be put under guest's door each night. The following day, passengers will have the opportunity to discuss it with the experts and will learn to create and edit the puzzles themselves, and get to enjoy speed-solving sessions.

This is the first crossword cruise of Cunard, but the cruise line has partnered with the Times on expert journeys since 2016, and in 2018 will see them collaborating with New Yorker for a cartoon-focused trip.