Actor, author and activist George Takei will headline the holiday voyage on Cunard’s Queen Mary 2, December 22, 2019 – Jan 3, 2020.
While sailing on the 12-night Caribbean Celebration voyage, roundtrip out of New York, Takei will be offering two presentations, a Q&A and a book signing for guests.
His first talk will focus on American history and his childhood spent in a Japanese American internment camp during WWII. In his second lecture, he will discuss his favorite Hollywood moments and behind-the-scenes anecdotes with some of his famous friends such as Tom Hanks, Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, Cary Grant, Brad Pitt, Howard Stern, Leonard Nimoy, Patrick Stewart and Jane Fonda.
“I am looking forward to spending the holidays onboard the magnificent ocean liner Queen Mary 2 this December,” Takei said. “I have sailed on this ship before – the staff go above and beyond to make every day memorable and the guests are engaging and interested to hear about my life and work. I have no doubt this will be another exceptional experience.”
He is most notably known for his role as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise, in the TV series Star Trek. His acting career has spanned six decades including appearances on the TV series Fresh Off the Boat, Hawaii Five-0, The New Normal, The Big Bang Theory, Heroes, Will & Grace, Miami Vice, MacGyver, The Six Million Dollar Man, Mission: Impossible and The Twilight Zone, among others.
Takei is the author of five books, including his autobiography To the Stars, and his latest graphic memoir, the New York Times bestseller They Called Us Enemy, which debuted in July 2019. He first sailed with Cunard as an Insights speaker in 2014 when Queen Mary 2 screened the documentary “To be Takei,” about his journey from imprisoned child to pop culture icon.
“It’s been said that George Takei is arguably one of the most recognizable Asian-American figures alive, and we are thrilled to welcome him back on our flagship Queen Mary 2’s holiday voyage,” said Josh Leibowitz, SVP Cunard North America. “Our guests will relish the opportunity to learn from George about his life – his struggles and successes – in an exclusive experience, continuing Cunard’s legacy of hosting ‘Stars Aboard.'”