As you may know The Three Queens graced the city of Liverpool with their presence last week. The spectacle was to celebrate Cunard’s 175th anniversary at the cruise liner’s spiritual home of Liverpool. Over 1.3 million visitors gathered in Liverpool across the 3 day celebrations. Liverpool council announced on the Monday that such a crowd gathered at the Pier Head was closed for viewing a sit was packed to capacity. However there were plenty of vantage points covering both sides of The Mersey, including – flocking to the Liverpool Docks, beaches, Pier Heads. Members of the national and international press were there to report the festivities across the globe, including – NBC America, Southern Echo – Southampton and USA Today.
Sunday 24th May–
The Queen Mary 2 arrives in Liverpool at 9:00 am and docked on the Pier Head. The first passengers disembarked at 9:45 am, they were greeted by Lord Mayor of Liverpool Erica Kemp CBE and excited crowds. Throughout the day thousands of people gathered on both sides of the Mersey to catch a glimpse of the QM2, even the legendary Mersey ferries were in on the action offering sailings right up to the QM2. The Sunday evening was topped off by a spectacular fireworks display and the Amazing Graces light projection on the Three Graces, thousands gathered to take in the awesome sight.
Monday 25th May –
The QM2 leaves The Pier Head at 10.40am to meets her sister ships The Queen Elizabeth and The Queen Victoria, before all Three Queens set sail together heading towards Liverpool. 103 Regiment 208 Battery fired Light gungs, one as each ship passed, saluting The Three Queens as they entered into Liverpool.
The Three Queens achieved a world-first on the Mersey, their highly anticipated River Ballet – all three performed synchronised moves in perfect time of each other, in line with the Cunard building. The finale saw the world-famous Red Arrows fly over The River Mersey, giving The Three Queen’s their seal of approval. They shot across the sky in an arrowhead formation trailing red, white and blue smoke behind them, which beautifully framed the whole scene.
The evening provided a second chance for people to see The Amazing Graces light projection on The Three Graces, as well as astounding fireworks display, this time with all Three Queens in the backdrop.
You can watch the whole event here –
Tuesday 26th May–
The Queen Mary 2 was the first the leave The Mersey making her way down St Peter’s Port in Guernsey continuing on her sailing.
The Queen Elizabeth bid farewell to Liverpool and her sister ships on Tuesday evening at 10:30pm with a flash and bang, fireworks display.
The Queen Victoria remained in Liverpool overnight after mooring mid-river during the day, before moving into the Cruise Liner terminal after Queen Elizabeth departed. As she left Liverpool, she saluted the city bowing to The Three Graces during a 360° spin of the Mersey.
Fear not if you missed all the action, as there will be another chance to see The Queen Mary 2 on The Mersey on Saturday 4th July 2015.This time to recreate the 175th anniversary of the first ever Cunard transatlantic sailing – calling at Halifax, Boston and New York. There will be some fantastic events put on my The Queen Mary’s Liverpool host, including a Eat The Atlantic Food Festival and The Very Big Catwalk – which will attempt to break Guinness World Record for the ‘Most Models on a Catwalk’ taking place on the Pier Head. There will be a whole host of other events over weekend which a definitely worth checking out here.
If you’re feeling inspired to sail on one of Three Queens, Cunard have some amazing deals to celebrate their 175th anniversary including free Stateroom upgrades and Cunard Fare benefits on selected sailings, terms and conditions apply.
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