Cunard Line has confirmed that it will hold two special events in 2015 in Liverpool, to celebrate the 175th anniversary of its first scheduled service across the Atlantic.
The first-ever three Queens meeting will take place on the Mersey on 25 May 2015 before the Cunard flagship, Queen Mary 2, sails from Liverpool on 4 July 2015 to recreate the original voyage of Britannia from Liverpool to Halifax and Boston.
On 24 May 2015, Queen Mary 2 will arrive at the Liverpool Cruise Terminal and will stay overnight. The next morning, her sister ships Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria will meet her close to the Cunard Building, Cunard’s Headquarters from 1917 to 1967, on the Pier Head. When QE2 arrived in the Mersey for the first time in 1990, more than a million spectators turned out to see her.
Then, on 4 July 2015, 175 years to the day when Britannia departed on her maiden transatlantic voyage, Queen Mary 2 will also sail for the New World on a 10-night voyage calling at Halifax, Boston and New York. For the first time in over 50 years, passengers will be able to board a Cunard ship in Liverpool and sail for the United States.
Angus Struthers, Cunard Director, says: “Liverpool is the spiritual home of Cunard. Until 1967 the company was based in Liverpool, and it was from Liverpool that Cunard’s first transatlantic crossing was made. We are delighted to celebrate our 175th anniversary in 2015 with two historic events.”
Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, adds: “To have the three Cunard Queens back in their spiritual home on our beautiful waterfront will be an unmissable spectacle which will attract worldwide attention and draw massive crowds. It is particularly fitting given our plans to bring the Cunard Building back into use as a Cruise Liner Terminal.”