"Last week, the flagship of Cunard Cruises, the stunning Queen Mary 2, saw the arrival of a number of celebrity guests for The Britannia Ball.
The ball included dinner, dancing and cocktails and acted as a fundraiser for the New York City Opera and Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Music lovers present at the event included Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon, actor Chevy Chase and Michael Emerson, Benjamin Linus on television’s Lost.
"All proceeds from The Britannia Ball will be divided equally between the two organizations and will support their missions to produce exciting works on stage," Cunard Cruises reports.
It adds that the hosting of the event on "the world’s grandest cruise liner" gave its esteemed guests access to facilities usually used by cruise holiday passengers, including the Royal Court Theatre and Illuminations, Veuve Clicquot champagne bar and Queens Room ballroom.
Cunard Cruises finished constructing the QM2 - then both the largest ocean liner and cruise ship in the world - in 2003, though the vessel has since lost this latter title to the Freedom of the Seas from Royal Caribbean Cruises"