Cunard Line has already started to bring the entire UK cruise industry together thanks to the entire fleet celebration the cruise lines 175th Anniversary throughout 2015.
The real celebrations will commence on Sunday May 3rd when all the ships will be together at the cruise lines homeport of Southampton, UK. Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria will all complete their world cruises and the festivities are expected to be one of the largest ever seen in Southampton. The Cunard flagship will lead a procession down Southampton Water and into the River Solent, in homage to the popular cruise hub of Europe.
Cunard’s Marketing Director, Angus Struthers said:
“We’re excited to start our UK 175 festivities in Southampton and share the celebrations with the city and beyond in this magnificent landmark year. For the very first time Queen Mary 2 will lead a daylight parade of Cunard’s Three Queens down Southampton Water and into the Solent. Together with the city, the company has shared so many fantastic memories, and I hope residents and Cunard enthusiasts from far and wide will take advantage of this magnificent sight and enjoy the spectacle of seeing our three Queens manoeuvring together so close to Southampton.”
Cunard Line have released details of what will be happening throughout the one of a kind day. “The sailaway procession will start to get underway at 4.30pm as Queen Mary 2 moves into position to lead the fleet out of Southampton Docks, to be followed by Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria. By around 5.20pm the three ships will have passed Dock Head and will be sailing south, led by flagship Queen Mary 2, and reaching Calshot at about 5.50pm.” The three ships will sail towards the Isle of Wight and then at around 7:30 PM they will all sail their individual itineraries. Cunard states that “Queen Elizabeth will continue east towards Hamburg, Queen Victoria will turn south for St Peter Port in Guernsey and Queen Mary 2 will head west across the Atlantic to New York.”
This will be a unmissable event and if your lucky enough to be in the region on may 3rd it will be worth a watch. The three Queens will meet again towards the end of May when they make a historic meeting near Cunard Lines old headquarters in Liverpool, UK. According to local news outlet Liverpool Echo over a hundred thousand people are expected to view the ships from both sides of the Mersey.
When the fleet begins to arrive in Liverpool it will be a bank holiday weekend starting on May 24th and ending on May 26th. The first sip to arrive will be the Queen Mary 2 on may 24th, she will dock at the Liverpool Cruise Liner Terminal at around 9 AM. QM2 will then meet her two sister cruise ship at around 10:45 AM at the mouth of the Mersey on May 25th.
There will be celebrations across the weekend in Liverpool and there is set to be travels delays but come for an event like this do we care!