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.
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.