The New York Times and cruise line Cunard have teamed up to offer Crossword Crossing, a seven-night transatlantic journey celebrating 75 years of The New York Times Crossword puzzle.
Queen Mary 2 will cast off from New York on Dec. 8 and will travel to the port of Southampton, U.K., with rooms starting at $799 for single passengers. The cruise liner holds 3,000 people and was recently went through a $125 million total renovation.
Special guests for the cruise will be Wordplay blogger Deb Amlen, NYT digital puzzles editor Joel Fagliano, Crossword author Natan Last, and language columnist for The Wall Street Journal Ben Zimmer, each well known names from the Crossword community.
There’ll be plenty of Crossword activities planned throughout the voyage, it’s not all just going to be different renditions of shuffleboard.
“The crossword experts will hold workshops and classes and mingle with guests,” said Cunard Senior VP Josh Leibowitz. “[Things] you wouldn’t normally be able to do.”
Classes will teach puzzlers how to construct Crossword puzzles and having passengers design their own.
Puzzlers can look forward to having the next day’s Crossword will be slipped under their doors every night during the cruise, which will be discussed the following day with a New York Times expert. Thrown into the mix will also be puzzle tournaments, speed solving matches, private cocktail parties, afternoon teas and dinners.
Passengers booking directly through NYT Journeys will grab some exclusives, including an exclusive brunch with Will Shortz the day before setting sail.
The New York Times began publishing Crosswords in 1942 and would increase to daily production in 1950.