3 British Cruise Ships Given Epic Send-off

Three of the most iconic British cruise ships sailing for Cunard Line all met just days ago in Southampton, UK. When the large ships set sail later in the day they had an epic send-off by the world famous Red Arrows.

Three Queens in Southampton

On the evening of August 10, 2018, Cunard’s three queens—Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth—sailed from Southampton and were sent off by the Red Arrows, The Royal Air Force Aerobic Team with a display of a flying formation.

The sendoff marks the first time in Cunard’s history that guests had the opportunity to see the Red Arrows flying display while onboard.

Guests on board Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria were also treated to a special commentary while the jets performed. Listeners in the United Kingdom were also able to tune into the commentary on Cowes radio – 87.7FM.

Cunard Queens Meet Red Arrows in the Solent in Southampton (PRNewsfoto/Cunard Line)

The Cunard fleet set sail from Southampton at 5:30 p.m., heading for the Isle of Wright. The fleet also received a memorable and unique send-off from the yachtsmen and spectators at Cowes and the Royal Yacht Squadron.

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Friday was a day of celebration for the luxury cruise line in Southampton. In addition to the amazing display, Cunard has hosted five lucky children who won a competition to visit the three Queens and enjoy a ‘Captain for the Day’ experience. To win the competition they had to share with Cunard, in their own words, why they deserved to be a ‘Captain for the Day’ and they were judged on the creativity of their entry.

The children were given a tour of Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth, spending time with Captain and a visit to the Bridge. They also enjoyed lunch on board and finished their day with a trip round all three Queens in a speedboat.


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