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August 24, 2010

Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 and Artemis North Atlantic Challenge Rendezvous at Sea

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Santa Clarita, CA – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine

While sailing one of her 21 Transatlantic Crossings this season, Cunard Line ‘s flagship Queen Mary 2 navigated a mid-Atlantic rendezvous to cheer on the rowing team for ‘Artemis Investments’ as they attempt to break the 114-year old world record, set back in 1896, by rowing from New York to England. The 23-foot, purpose-built rowing boat with its four-man team departed New York on 17 June. Additional pictures and video capturing the spirit of the occasion have been posted on Cunard’s blog

“It was a thrilling moment to witness this one-of-a-kind encounter at sea, not only for me and the crew, but for all our guests aboard Queen Mary 2,” said Captain Nick Bates. “We wish the Artemis team good luck and Godspeed as they continue the quest for their world record-breaking journey.”

The opportunity for Queen Mary 2’s guests and crew to show support for this adventurous challenge was especially poignant since one of the Artemis team crew members served as a crew member aboard the flagship liner when she was launched in 2004.

Transatlantic Crossings are part of Cunard’s legacy and reflect the pinnacle of adventure and civility in ocean travel. Queen Mary 2 is the only liner offering regularly scheduled Transatlantic service, ranging from seven-day voyages between New York and Southampton, England, to eight- and nine-day Crossings offered to Cherbourg (France) and Hamburg (Germany).

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