If somebody asked you to name Britain’s most important cultural contributions to the globe, what would spring to mind? There’s Shakespeare. Football. The BBC. And then there’s a certain rock 'n' roll band from 1960s Liverpool.
Often referred to as the most influential band of all time (sorry, Las Ketchup), The Beatles are adored across the globe. They’ve appeared in Madame Tussauds and ‘The Simpsons’. They already have their own hotel, degree course and museum.
And now, luxury cruise company Cunard has launched a Beatles-themed cruise too. Scheduled for May 2022, the ‘Beatles and Beyond’ trip allows fans of the band to experience their very own magical mystery tour, starting in Tokyo and circumnavigating Japan across nine days.
And no, it won’t be on a yellow submarine. It’ll take place aboard the Queen Elizabeth, an elegant 1,000-foot art deco ocean liner with its own theatre and ballroom, an expansive games deck, two pools, a gym, a spa and countless dining and drinking options on board – allowing guests to enjoy performances, films, tastings and demonstrations celebrating the very best of British culture.
As well as dancing in the ship’s ballroom to hit songs from The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Kinks and other British favourites from the ’60s and ’70s, the Beatlemaniacs onboard will be treated to a final-night performance from The Bootleg Beatles. The Merseyside quartet’s premier tribute act will take to the stage in the ship’s Royal Court theatre to perform a flawless recreation of the Fab Four’s journey through the swinging sixties.
And if all the onboard entertainment wasn’t enough, voyagers will also be able to take part in a range of land-based activities at several coastal locations in Japan and South Korea, from trips to hot springs and botanical gardens to tours of local temples and markets. We’re not really sure what any of this has to do with John, Paul, George and Ringo, but it all sounds lovely regardless.
Sound groovy? Packages for the nine-day cruise start at £1,099 per person and are on sale now. Grab a ticket to ride over on the Cunard website.
Not a fan of the Scouse rockers? Maybe this luxury London-to-Brighton train is more your thing.