Cunard Cruise Ships All 'Apple Up'

How long, somebody was asking us the other day, have you been "Mac people"? How long is forever?

It was a high school teacher who introduced us to the world of Apple. If only the people at Cunard had met Gordon DeVito when we did.

By our estimation, it was at least 20 years ago that he began the arduous task of explaining "desktop publishing" to us on something called a MacPlus. Fast forward to today. Apple has blossomed, to say the least. The richest company in the world now enables us to create pages of everything from documents to books on MacBooks and iPads, to put all of our music on a mini-computer called an iPod that fits in our pocket or purse, and to reach the Internet (who knew there was an Internet?) on a telephone called the iPhone that's smaller than most wallets.

And, in the case of Cunard, to offer courses and seminars to people on all its cruise ships so that they'll better understand the world of Apple.

That's the "i" world, of course.

As if there is anything left to preface by the "i" letter, Cunard has come up with iStudy. The workshops were on the Queen Elizabeth when it was launched in 2010, which must have been the best-kept secret in cruising. Now that the iStudy is also on the Queen Victoria and the Queen Mary 2, it's time to tell the world that Cunard is in bed with, or at least being romanced by, Apple.

Says Peter Shanks, President of Cunard: “The concept is great for those who are already confident with Apple products as well as for those who want to try out an iPad or learn how to get the best out of devices they already own.”

That's more or less what Gordon DeVito said a couple of decades ago.

Carnival Glory
6 nights
May 15, 2012
Norfolk, VA (return): Nassau, Freeport
Inside: $529
Cost per day: $88
www.carnival.com

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