Cunard Joins Crowdfunding Campaign to Help Build new Statue of Liberty Museum on Liberty Island

VALENCIA, Calif., July 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Luxury cruise line Cunard has partnered with The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation on its crowdfunding campaign to help build the new Statue of Liberty Museum on Liberty Island.  The Museum, scheduled to open in 2019, will celebrate the Statue of Liberty’s story, explore how she has evolved from national monument to global icon, and be the new home for her original torch.

The partnership is a natural fit as Cunard played a critical role in the immigration movement to the US in the late 1800s — one in five immigrants who came through Ellis Island arrived on a Cunard liner. Today passengers can travel the same route as hundreds of thousands of immigrants did, during Queen Mary 2’s Transatlantic Crossing, sailing by the Statue of Liberty before arriving in New Yorkharbor.

Donations during the month-long campaign, launching July 4th, will go toward the fundraising initiative being led by the Foundation and campaign chairperson Diane von Furstenberg; donors can give at

  • The first person who donates $10,000, by selecting this exclusive perk on the campaign page, receives a Transatlantic Crossing for two on Queen Mary 2, a Cunard signature voyage with seven nights at sea to cross the Atlantic as many immigrants once did; includes airfare.
  • The first person who donates $5,000, by selecting this exclusive perk on the campaign page, receives a private tour and lunch for two in the Britannia restaurant onboard Cunard’s flagship ocean liner Queen Mary 2 while the ship is docked in New York (includes airfare for two to New York).
  • The first 100 people to donate $18.86, (the year Lady Liberty was dedicated), by selecting this exclusive perk on the campaign page, receive an exclusive branded Cunard Desktop Notepad engraved with the iconic Cunard crest.

“One of the highlights of Cunard’s iconic Transatlantic Crossings is sailing past the Statue of Liberty, and we are thrilled to be a crowdfunding partner, supporting the new development for this icon of freedom,” said Josh Leibowitz, senior vice president, Cunard North America.

In celebration of their storied history and role in the immigration movement, Cunard is offering a Journey of Genealogy Crossing, offering guests the opportunity to trace their family history on flagship liner Queen Mary 2 while sailing across the Atlantic. The seven-night Transatlantic Crossing, November 4-11, 2018, will feature a variety of experts in genealogy and assist guests in learning more about their heritage.

Donors Honored in the Museum
Those giving the symbolic donation of $18.86 or more will also have their name permanently recorded in the Founders Registry, a digital donor list on display in the museum and on the museum’s websites, and be collectively recognized in the Founders Star on the Liberty Star Mural in the Museum. The Mural features 50 sculpted stars, designed by French-American artist Anh Duong, which are offset by original hand-forged iron armature bars that supported the interior of the Statue of Liberty for her first 100 years.

About the Liberty Museum
The new 26,000-square-foot museum was designed by architecture firm FXCollaborative with exhibitions created by experience design firm ESI Design. The structure is being built by Phelps Construction Group. Access to the museum will be free with purchase of a ferry ticket to visit Liberty Island and Ellis Island.  For more information about the Statue of Liberty Museum or visiting Liberty Island go to, follow the Foundation on social media (, Twitter @StatueEllisFdn, Instagram @StatueEllisFdn) and join the conversation by using #ForLadyLiberty.

To donate to the new Liberty Museum, please visit

For more information on Cunard or to book a voyage, contact your Travel Agent at 1-800-728-6273 or visit

For travel agents interested in further information, please contact your Business Development Manager, visit OneSource or call Cunard toll free at1-800-528-6273.

Cunard is the operator of luxury cruise ships Queen Mary 2®, Queen Victoria® and Queen Elizabeth®. Renowned for impeccable White Star Service, gourmet dining and world-class entertainment, all three Queens offer luxury accommodations in Britannia, Britannia Club, Princess Grill Suite and Queens Grill Suite staterooms. Cunard is the only line to offer regularly scheduled Transatlantic service between New York and London, and it continues to celebrate the freedom of travel on exciting World Voyage and Grand Voyage itineraries that visit Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Asia and Australia.

Awarded ‘#1 Mega-Ship Ocean Cruise Line‘ by Travel + Leisure’s 2017 and 2016 World’s Best Awards and ‘Best World Cruise Itineraries’ and ‘Best Trans-Atlantic Itineraries’ by Porthole Cruise Magazine’s 2016 Readers Choice Awards, Cunard is a proud member of World’s Leading Cruise Lines, a part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), the largest cruise vacation company in the world. Together Cunard, Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, P&O Cruises (Australia) and P&O Cruises (UK) operate 102 ships visiting over 700 ports around the world and totaling 226,000 lower berths.

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About The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.
The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization established in 1982 to raise funds for and oversee the historic restoration and preservation of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. For more than 35 years, the Foundation has collaborated with the National Park Service/U.S. Department of the Interior in what has become the most successful public-private partnership in U.S. history, having raised nearly $1 billion. In addition to restoring the monuments, the Foundation created museums on both islands, The American Immigrant Wall of Honor®, the American Family Immigration History Center® and The Peopling of America Center®, which in 2015 transformed the museum on Ellis Island into the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. The Foundation is now overseeing the fundraising and construction of the new Statue of Liberty Museum scheduled to open in 2019. The organization’s endowment has funded over 200 projects that support of these national treasures

For additional information about Cunard, contact:
Jackie Chase, Cunard, 661-753-1035,
Maria Andriano, MGA Media Group, 212-251-1015,


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