Dancing Queens in Liverpool celebrate Cunard's 175th anniversary

By ,   May 26, 2015 ,   Cruise Industry

For the first time ever the world's largest ocean liner, Queen Mary 2, was joined by fellow fleet members Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth on the River Mersey for sublime 'dance' in celebration of the 175th anniversary of Cunard Line.

The festivities have been going on during the past three days, but the main event took place yesterday (May 25) in Liverpool with a precision manouevre by the three ships in front of thousands of spectators. 

Following the rotation the Three Queens formed a spectacular arrowhead formation and posed for the cameras before for the first time arranging themselves three abreast. 

With the vessels aligned in the River Mersey, the spectacular Queen Mary 2 sounded 175, with ship's foghorn blowing 1 single short blast followed by 7 and then 5 blasts. 

The 'dance' was culminated with a flyover salute by 9 jets from the renowned Red Arrows, Royal Air Force's Aerobatic Team, which was one of the most extraordinary spectacles the city had ever seen.

Cunard Director, Angus Struthers, shared that the arrival of Queen May 2 had signalled the beginning of Cunard's Salute to Liverpool celebrations in the place where Cunard's story had begun 175 years ago. From its founding in 1840 until the 1960s, Cunard was based in Liverpool.

Following the celebrations, Queen Mary 2 left port followed by a fireworks display and a digital light show at Pier Head, telling the story of how Cunard Line came to be based in Liverpool.