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The Queen Mary 2 will take a celestial voyage for World Space Week in 2017

If you’re already wondering how to celebrate next year’s World Space Week, one luxury ocean liner is planning a stellar transatlantic trip, complete with astronauts, planetariums and more.

The planetarium aboard the Queen Mary 2.
The planetarium aboard the Queen Mary 2. Image by Cunard

Cunard has created a space-themed voyage across the Atlantic on the Queen Mary 2 that will feature a number of celestial experiences to mark the occasion. For those who want to learn more about what lies beyond our atmosphere, there will be a number of experts on hand to give talks including: Dr Jeffrey Hoffman, NASA astronaut, scientist and former shuttle pilot; Charles Barclay from the Royal Astronomical Society; Stephen Attenborough, commercial director of Virgin Galactic and Ken MacTaggart, a NASA historian.

The world's only transatlantic liner, Cunard's Queen Mary 2, sails into Southampton Water following a £90million remastering. The vessel will set sail later today for New York, her first voyage following the most significant refurbishment undertaken by the world's most famous passenger shipping line.
The world’s only transatlantic liner, Cunard’s Queen Mary 2, sails into Southampton Water following a £90million remastering. The vessel will set sail later today for New York, her first voyage following the most significant refurbishment undertaken by the world’s most famous passenger shipping line. Image by Christopher Ison/ © cunard3queens.com

The Queen Mary 2 recently underwent a £90 million refurbishment and guests will be able to experience its many amenities, including the world’s only planetarium at sea. The on-board venue features a large dome that allows guests to sit in the theatre and watch three-dimensional shows. But, given the size of the ship, guests can also head out onto the ship’s deck and see the stars for themselves.

The planetarium aboard the Queen Mary 2.
The planetarium aboard the Queen Mary 2. Image by Cunard

Guests who book the space week experience will also head on a “VIP pre-voyage tour of the Hayden Planetarium and the Rose Center for Space at the American Museum of Natural History followed by a VIP tour of the Intrepid Museum of Air, Sea and Space in New York”. When they arrive in the UK, they have a two-night stay and a tour of the Royal Observatory in Greenwich to enjoy. The space week cruise will leave from New York on 6 October, 2017 and arrive in Southampton on 13 October.