QM2 in New York for 175th Celebration

By ,   July 15, 2015 ,   Cruise Industry

RMS Queen Mary 2 sailed into her U.S. home port, New York City, yesterday morning (July 14), accompanied by Coast-guard vessels and historic ships.

Cunard's Queen Mary 2 was escorted by the oil tanker Mary A Whalen, tug boat Eric Thornton, fireboat John J Harvey, Pegasus Tug and Nantucket Lightship, after she passed under Verrazano Bridge to her berth at Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.

The arrival of the flagship marked the end of a special voyage that paid tribute to the original journey made by the first flagship of Cunard, Britannia, as on July 4, 1840 the line inaugurated the 1st scheduled transatlantic mail and passenger service.

Cunard Line has been sailing in and out of NYC ever since Hibernia first called at the port in 1847, and the company is proud to call Red Hook Brooklyn home since 2006. 

Sites of Cunard's earlier history and relationship to the city are seen today at Pier 54 through Cunard White Star sign and at 25 Broadway where the Cunard Building is - completed in 1921 it is considered a landmark of NYC today.  

According to the president of Cunard North America, Richard Meadows, New York had been their U.S. homeport for decades, and had played a significant role in transformative world events during Cunard's history. 

Later yesterday, the commemorative anniversary activities continued when the Master of Queen Mary 2, Captain Kevin Oprey, rang the Closing Bell at New York Stock Exchange, as a testament to the industrial and economic achievements of the line, as well as to the future of the brand.

At 9:30 p.m., Queen Mary 2 held position in front of New York's Statue of Liberty for a spectacular music and light show in Battery Park. The light show, designed by Quantum Theatricals,  illuminated NYC harbor and the sky above.