Wes Anderson to Celebrate 'Grand Budapest Hotel' With Cruise

The filmmaker will be joined by collaborators Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton and Roman Coppola

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Wes Anderson and Jason Schwartzman.
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Wes Anderson is redefining "The Life Aquatic" this June with a Grand Budapest Hotel-themed cruise. The idiosyncratic writer-director will be joined by Budapest actors Tilda Swinton and Jason Schwartzman, as well as frequent writing collaborator Roman Coppola, on June 13th for a seven-day sailing expedition from New York to London. Passengers will cruise aboard Cunard Line's regal Queen Mary 2, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. 

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, the unlikely jaunt is a victory lap of sorts for Anderson, in light of Budapest's immense commercial success (earning $133 million worldwide since its March release – the most for an Anderson film). The cruise will feature a special screening of The Grand Budapest Hotel, followed by a Q&A with the director and cast. Prices for the trek range from $1,298 to a whopping $18,948, but the hilarious memories will be worth it. (Can you imagine how fanciful Anderson's swim trunks must be?)

The Grand Budapest Hotel, Anderson's eighth feature-length film, earned strong reviews across the board, including high praise from Rolling Stone's own Peter Travers: "It's a filigreed toy box of a movie, so delicious-looking you may want to lick the screen," Travers wrote. "It is also, in the Anderson manner, shot through with humor, heartbreak and a bruised romantic's view of the past."

To whet your appetite for the cruise, check out our recent "Wes World" feature, which examines Anderson's trademark visual and thematic styles.