Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, the international peace and justice activist, is taking his message of hope for humanity to the high seas in 2010 - as one of the guest lecturers on the Southampton-based ship, Queen Mary 2.
The Archbishop will be giving talks in March this year during the Port Louis, Mauritius, to Cape Town leg of a world cruise.
“It is a great honour for Cunard to be able to welcome on board an internationally respected figure of such eminence, and we are confident our passengers will be transfixed by what he has to say,” Cunard president and managing director Peter Shanks told the Southern Daily Echo newspaper.
Archbishop Tutu was most recently involved in lobbying around the Copenhagen climate change conference, backing tough action against human-assisted global warming.
He has also been involved in a range of human rights issues - including freedom for Tibet, action on Zimbabwe and dignity for lesbian and gay people.
His concerns are deeply rooted in core Christian convictions.
As well as winning the Nobel Peace prize for his opposition to apartheid in South Africa (where he was formerly Anglican archbishop of Cape Town), Tutu has been identified as an inspiration to millions of people - including those sceptical about organised religion in general and Christianity in particular.