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Cunard Welcomes Celebrated Author Annie Barrows as Guest Speaker to Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Guernsey

VALENCIA, Calif., Jan. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Cunard has announced that The New York Timesbest-selling author Annie Barrows will sail on flagship ocean liner Queen Mary 2 as part of the luxury cruise line's renowned Insights program on a Bruges and Guernsey voyage, May 20-24, 2020 (M014). While sailing on the four-night voyage roundtrip from Southampton, England, Barrows will offer guests a lecture on her background and experience writing her novel, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

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The novel takes place in post-World War II Guernsey, where this year in May, celebrations will mark the 75th anniversary of the end of Nazi occupation in the Channel Islands. Events will take place throughout the month to mark this anniversary of Liberation Day for Guernsey, as well as all over Europe and the U.S. to commemorate the end of WWII.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which is written as a series of letters from the characters, was started and co-written by Barrows' aunt, Mary Ann Shaffer. The novel was later adapted to film in 2018, directed by Mike Newell and starring Lily James as the protagonist. Annie Barrows' additional work includes The Truth According to Us, The Magic Half, and Magic in the Mix, as well as her children's series Ivy + Bean.

"We are thrilled to welcome author Annie Barrows onboard Queen Mary 2's May 20th Bruges and Guernsey voyage," said Josh Leibowitz, SVP Cunard North America. "The Liberation Day for Guernsey is a significant anniversary of World War II and our guests will have the opportunity to learn about an important moment in history while sailing to the very site it took place."

Cunard's onboard Insights program offers guests an unmatched opportunity to learn from and mingle with captivating experts from various industries on every voyage, holding lectures and Q&As throughout the trip. Recent speakers have included Alan Cumming, Keegan-Michael Key and John Landis. In addition, Cunard is offering extraordinary special event voyages in 2020 celebrating fashion, ancestry, astronomy, wine and more.

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Cunard is the operator of luxury cruise ships Queen Mary 2®, Queen Victoria® and Queen Elizabeth®. Renowned for impeccable White Star Service, gourmet dining and world-class entertainment, all three Queens offer luxury accommodations in Britannia, Britannia Club, Princess Grill Suite and Queens Grill Suite staterooms. Cunard is the only line to offer regularly scheduled Transatlantic service between New York and London, and it continues to celebrate the freedom of travel on exciting World Voyage and Grand Voyage itineraries that visit Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Asia and Australia.

Awarded '#1 Mega-Ship Ocean Cruise Line' by Travel + Leisure's 2018, 2017 and 2016 World's Best Awards and 'Best Service,' 'Best Onboard Enrichment' and 'Best World Cruise' by Porthole Cruise Magazine's 2018 Readers Choice Awards, Cunard is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines, a part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), the largest cruise vacation company in the world. Together Cunard, Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, P&O Cruises (Australia) and P&O Cruises (UK) operate 102 ships visiting over 700 ports around the world and totaling 226,000 lower berths.

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