Doug Jones Presents
In 1934, The Cunard Line launched the Queen Mary. It was the largest ship of its time and a new standard for ocean liners of the era. In 2004, the fourth Queen to sail under the Cunard flag was launched, The Queen Mary 2. At 150,000 tons, she is the longest, tallest, widest, biggest ocean liner of the world and to commemorate the launch, Cunard sent the Queen Mary 2 on a voyage to Rio de Janeiro for the largest party on earth, Carnaval. The voyage duplicates a legendary journey of the S.S. Normandie in 1939. The Normandie was packed with the rich and famous of the day. The historic journey remains among the most remembered voyages of the 20th century.
The new Cunarder, Queen Mary 2, repeats the experience. The film shows the wonders of this great new ship. Meet the Commodore and visit the bridge where the ship is maneuvered using only a joystick. Meet the Chief Engineer and visit the engine control room of the newest hi-tech ship on earth and meet the French Executive Chef who will take us through the largest floating galleys of the sea. See the lavish shows and peek into the deluxe suites. Dance in the largest floating ballroom of the world. Relax on the decks and enjoy activities as varied as art auctions and planetarium lectures and meet some of the 1400 people who make up the international staff.
Sailing from Fort Lauderdale, QM2 stops in St. Thomas, the Virgin Islands then sails to the Southern Hemisphere arriving in the Portuguese colonial capital of Salvador de Bahai. Along the way, travel overnight to the Amazon River and Iguazu Falls. QM2 arrives in Rio just as Carnaval begins. From the beautiful white sand beaches at Copacabana and Ipanena to the cable car ride to Sugar Loaf and the cog train to the Christ Statute atop Corcovado, Rio de Janiero is like no other city on earth. And you will see the magic of Carnaval, throngs of people dancing in the streets, and the spectacular, world famous, samba parades. Relive that experience as Doug Jones, one of the foremost producers of travel films in America, takes you along with his new film "Sailing Down to Rio - on the Queen Mary 2".
"The quality of Doug Jones' travelogue is first rate." - The Los Angeles Times"
Doug Jones is one of the best known travel film producers in America. He has produced 15 feature-length travel films. His films have been shown by the National Geographic Society in Washington D.C. and his video “The Great Canadian Train Ride” sold over one million copies. He has shot films in 68 countries around the world and he has appeared as a travel film lecturer throughout the United States and Canada.