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Cunard today reveals the long-awaited timings for when its three Cunard Queens – Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and, Queen Elizabeth – will gather in the company’s ‘spiritual home’, Liverpool, to mark its 175th anniversary.

This unforgettable spectacular will take place towards the late May Bank Holiday. The three biggest Cunarders ever to enter service will be together for a short time on Monday 25, but activities will take place across the whole weekend.


(Please note, all the times are approximate and, particularly in relation to the movement of the Three Queens, are subject to change).   

Sunday 24 May

·        0900 hours: Queen Mary 2 arrives in the city and berths at Liverpool Cruise Liner Terminal. Flotilla of small boats welcome.
·        2200 hours: ‘Amazing Graces’ digital / light projection show on the Three Graces
·        2230 hours: Mid-river Firework display, off the Pier Head

Bank Holiday Monday 25 May

·        1045 hours: Queen Mary 2 leaves the berth to greet her two sisters at the mouth of the Mersey (the area between Crosby Beach and New Brighton)
·        1200 – 1400 hours: Three Queens meet and sail south in formation towards the Liverpool Echo Arena, and then turn through 180 degrees to face north. Further manoeuvres may be possible depending on weather conditions on the day.
·        1400 – 1415 hours: Queen Mary 2 leaves the city. Queen Elizabeth berths at the Cruise Liner Terminal and Queen Victoria anchors in the middle of the Mersey
·        2200 – 2300 hours: Amazing Graces’ digital / light projection show on the Three Graces
·        2230 hours: Firework display. Following the display, Queen Elizabeth leaves the city and Queen Victoria berths at the Cruise Liner Terminal

Tuesday 26 May

·        1630 hours: A special musical sail-away performance to say good bye to Queen Victoria
·        1700 hours: Queen Victoria sails out of the city. Flotilla of small boats welcome.

Angus Struthers, Cunard Director:

        “After many years of planning, in just over four weeks Liverpool will host the gathering of our three majestic Queens on the Mersey.  The event will provide a spectacle that will live long in the memories of those who attend. If the excitement and buzz that there is currently around the city is an indication of the reception the fleet is going to receive over the three-day period then it is difficult to describe the excitement, emotion and passion there will be at the time.

        “The Fleet is coming!”

Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool:

“Liverpool is a city well-versed in staging huge events with an international focus, and this May Bank Holiday weekend will be no exception.

“For months there has been a buzz around the city about the arrival of the three majestic liners on the Mersey.  Hotel rooms have been snapped up and people are traveling far and wide to take in this maritime spectacle.

“We want visitors to plan their trip as much as possible – without a doubt it’s going to be exceptionally busy on both sides of the river and our transport network will be put under a great deal of pressure.   

“For over a year we’ve been working with transport partners and other organisations such as Merseyside Police to make sure everyone rises to the challenge for what could be one of the busiest weekend’s the region has experienced.

“I have no doubt that Liverpool will shine under the international spotlight and this will be an unforgettable moment in the city’s history for all the right reasons.”

Mark Camborne, Head of Corporate and Community Safety for Wirral Council:   

"Wirral is looking forward to playing a key role in the visit of the Three Queens on 25 May. We know that the vantage points along this side of the river will provide a unique and unbeatable backdrop when the three liners rendezvous on that day and we anticipate thousands of visitors to the area to take advantage of those views. We are drawing on all the experience we have had in welcoming tens of thousands of people to Wirral for events such as the Open Championships and the Tall Ships race to make this another occasion to remember for everyone on this side of the river, for all the right reasons”.

A spectator information map is attached and a full set of FAQs can be found at answering questions and giving advice on all aspects of the event.

Travel Advice

Across the weekend it is anticipated huge numbers of people will head to the city to be part of the celebrations, with the main focus being on Monday 25 May, when hundreds of thousands are expected to flock to both sides of the Mersey to experience a piece of maritime history.   

Travel updates and alerts will be posted on, or if further help is needed in planning a journey before or during the event, call Traveline on 0151 236 7676 or 0871 200 22 33. You may also want to follow @Merseytravel on Twitter.
« Last Edit: Apr 24, 2015, 06:59 PM by Rob Lightbody »
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Offline Twynkle

Thank you - and Well Done
Here's a great image too!

Offline Twynkle

The previous post (appealing for passengers) has now been 'scratched' - there's a wee Catamaran 'Discovery', and Gary the Skipper has just rung to say that he has found at least 8 people to join us, and in the extraordinary spirit of Cunard, there will be a gentleman on board who was one of the quarter-masters on RMS Queen Mary!

In case anyone is still interested in sailing out to see the ships at close quarters,
Mersey Ferries have still got a few tickets for day and evening,

and, it looked as if  'Brigand' of Charter Boats UK may have a few vacancies left

There is also a get together of Cunard 'supporters' at the Hilton Hotel on May 24th,
this is being organised through Cunard Critic for members of their Facebook page
(It may be necessary join the group before attending)

« Last Edit: Apr 23, 2015, 08:18 PM by Twynkle »

Offline Twynkle

Cunard has published a good video on Facebook

Offline Bob Flett

Thanks for that information Rosie, I thought all would have been booked up by now, just secured a trip to se QV. QE on Monday .


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