All three Cunard ships, Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth sailed in formation into Southampton for the very first time. It really was quite a spectacle and the people showed up in their thousands to help mark the occasion and celebrate.
Cunard Cruise Line President and managing director, Peter Shanks said: “Cunard is delighted to be able to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in a way that gives everyone, especially our passengers, a truly remarkable day that they will feel proud to talk about for years to come, taking part in history and marking the 60 glorious years of Her Majesty’s reign in a fitting, memorable and spectacular way.”
The day was a hive of activity and although a fly over by the Red Arrows had to be cancelled due to poor weather conditions it did not stop the crowds from flocking to the area.
Cunard’s flagship, Queen Mary 2 swung around as Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria tied up close to the City Terminal. The Queen Mary 2 then slowly sailed passed each ship, thus creating a three ship formation.
As the celebrations continued long into the evening the night was finished with a rather spectacular fireworks display as the Queen Mary 2 led her sisters in single file down the Southampton water. There really is something magical about a cruise ship of an evening, the lighting from them creating an event more electric atmosphere.
For info on booking a cruise direct with Cunard you can contact:
- Stefanie Glass
- Personal Cruise Specialist at Cunard Cruise Line
- Tel: 0843 374 0001 Ext: 407