Tuesday, May 19, 2015

"THREE QUEENS CELEBRATION SCHEDULE"

Marking the 175th Anniversary of CUNARD, the three QUEENS will sail into Liverpool together for the very first time, the Celebration Schedule is as follows:

SATURDAY 23 MAY 2015

10.00pm - "AMAZING GRACES", projections on the "THREE GRACES", exploring the spirit of the city

SUNDAY 24 MAY 2015

QM2 arrives at 9.00am and berths at the Liverpool Cruise Terminal, 10.00pm, "AMAZING GRACES" projections, 10.30pm fireworks display.

MONDAY 25 MAY 2015

QM2 leaves her berth at 10.45am to greet her two fleet mates at Brazil Buoy.
12.00 to 2pm, the three ships sail in formation towards the Liverpool Echo Arena and then north along the Mersey.

2.10pm, QM2 leaves the city, QUEEN ELIZABETH berths at the Cruise Terminal and QUEEN VICTORIA anchor's on the Mersey.

10.00pm, "AMAZING GRACES" projections

10.30pm, Fireworks Display and the QE leaves the city, QV berths at the Cruise Terminal.

TUESDAY 26 MAY

4.30pm, a special musical sail away performance to say good bye to QUEEN VICTORIA, the ship leaves the city at 5pm.

Photo above, the three QUEENS in Lisbon, May of 2014, copyright Luis Miguel Correia      

"AMAZING GRACES AND A SEA OF FACES", this Bank Holiday weekend in Liverpool



To coincide with the arrival of the three QUEENS in Liverpool this coming weekend, Liverpool's waterfront will come to life with a series of projections, the "Three Graces", Royal Liver Building, Cunard building and the Port of Liverpool building, will be transformed into lavish beacons of entertainment as the facades become an animated backdrop to tell the story of the Cunard Line and the city of Liverpool. CUNARD and Liverpool celebrate 175 years of the legendary CUNARD. Photos above taken during QM2's visit to the city back in September of 2011

Thursday, May 14, 2015

QUEEN MARY 2, flagship of the CUNARD LINE





At just over 151.000 G.T., QM2 is the largest Transatlantic Liner ever built, she was introduced in 2004, today she is the only liner offering a regular transatlantic service between Europe and North America, she will be visiting again Liverpool this May, she is in my opinion the most spectacular passenger ship in service. Photos above taken during two of her previous calls at Liverpool in 2011 and 2009.

QUEEN VICTORIA arriving Southampton brand new from FINCANTIERI



The magnificent QUEEN VICTORIA arriving Southampton for the very first time, 7.12.2007, she was named three days later and departed on her maiden voyage the day after, 11.12.2007

QE2 remembered


QE2 remembered this May 2015, the year CUNARD celebrates 175 years of their History, the iconic ship sailed from 1969 to 2008 for the CUNARD LINE and will always be one of the most remarkable ships to have sailed the Oceans of the World, as a liner and as a cruise ship, the QE2 remains at Dubai awaiting a decision regarding her future.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

100 years of LUSITANIA




LUSITANIA is one of the most talked about CUNARD passenger ships, for the good, the bad and the reasons we will never know, my thoughts are today with the families affected by the sinking of the ship exactly one hundred years ago, after been torpedoed by a German submarine. Cobh and Liverpool remembered the people that died on that terrible day. LUSITANIA was for a brief period of time the largest passenger ship in the World at 31.550 G.T., she was built by the prestigious JOHN BROWN shipyards and launched in 1907, one of the sleekest and most remarkable liners ever to have sailed lies at the bottom of the sea with so many untold stories and surely keeper of so many secrets.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

LUSITANIA, 100th Anniversary of her sinking

Tomorrow, 7.5.2015 marks 100 years of the sinking of the LUSITANIA, tomorrow another "post" about this delightful ship, one of the most famous Cunarders.

Monday, May 4, 2015

CUNARD LINE has operated four of the most famous Ocean Liner in the World



The driving force of the CUNARD LINE when first established was the mail contract, the emphasis quickly moved to the vast number of emigrants that in the second half of the 19th Century and early years of the 20th departed Europe to North America. CUNARD has operated many legendary Liners, four of the most prestigious are the QUEEN ELIZABETH, QUEEN MARY, QE2 and QM2. Today with the 2004 built QUEEN MARY 2, CUNARD is still the only shipping company to offer a regular transatlantic service between Europe and North America, with regular departures from Southampton, also recently extended to Hamburg to New York.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

BRITANNIA and QUEEN MARY 2 same route, 175 years apart

 On the 4th of July 1840 "BRITANNIA" departed Liverpool bound for Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she arrived 12 days later, within a year CUNARD had four ships in service operating weekly departures, later this year, on the 4th of July 2015, "QUEEN MARY 2" will depart also from Liverpool to Halifax recreating the original voyage of the "BRITANNIA", 175 years apart, History in the making. BRITANNIA and the QUEEN MARY 2 photographed at Southampton back in 2012


CUNARD LINE at 175

May 2015 is all about CUNARD LINE here, the prestigious CUNARD celebrates 175 years, founded in 1840 by Samuel Cunard as the BRITISH AND NORTH AMERICAN ROYAL MAIL STEAM PACKET COMPANY, today CUNARD is a subsidiary of CARNIVAL CORPORATION, stay tuned, we will remember and update the Company's History, remember some of their most celebrated and historic passenger ships and of course will also bring photos and current notifications of the May celebrations this year.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Three CUNARD "QUEENS" tomorrow at Southampton

To start celebrating the 175th Anniversary of the CUNARD LINE, the three QUEENS of the fleet, QUEEN MARY 2, QUEEN ELIZABETH and QUEEN VICTORIA will be together at Southampton tomorrow, 3.5.2015, the three ships will sail together in day light for the first time, QM2 will lead the way, followed by Queen Victoria and the Queen Elizabeth, the departure also marks the beginning of the new summer season for the CUNARD LINE, Mary will head for New York, the Victoria to Guernsey and the Elizabeth to Hamburg, the three ships will be once again together and for the very first time at their spiritual home of Liverpool on the 25.5.2015. Photo of the three ships together when they met in Lisbon last year by Luis Miguel Correia, copyright photo.