Cunard's Queens to 'dance' on Mersey River for 175th birthday

By ,   February 17, 2015 ,   Cruise Industry

Liverpool will host the summer events for Cunard's 175th anniversary. The Royal meeting of the "three Queens" and a recreation of the first-ever transatlantic crossing to America are number one in the program.

The maritime city of Liverpool is preparing for the celebrations led by the arrival of Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria to the Mersey.

This year Cunard is celebrating 175 years of sailing with three key anniversary voyages including a visit to Liverpool, the original home of the line. 

On May 25 the “Three Queens” will rendezvous on the Mersey. In a salute to their spiritual home, the trio will perform a "riverdance" (a series of synchronized maneuvers) at Pier Head in front of the renowned Three Graces.

The landmarks include Cunard building - the world headquarters of Cunard Shipping Line until 1960s. RMS Britannia made her maiden transatlantic voyage to Boston from Liverpool on July 4, 1840 with Sir Samuel Cunard,­ founder of the British & North American Royal Mail Steam Packet Company­, on board.

Queen Mary 2 will be the first to arrive in the city on May 24 with a first ever overnight stay in Liverpool, berthed in sight of Cunard Building. The following morning, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth will sail into the city and all three ships will line up on Mersey River. 

Late morning on May 25, Queen Mary 2 will sail out of the city, as Queen Elizabeth ship berths at the landing stage, remaining until late that night. Meanwhile, Cunard’s Queen Victoria will anchor in the Mersey.

The "One Magnificent City" celebrations will last from May 15 to July 7. Much of it will take place on the World Heritage waterfront in Liverpool. The arrival of Cunard’s trio will be a pivotal event. The celebrations will include a recreation of the historic 12-day voyage of Britannia, as part of the July 4 festival.

The 7-week long program of events will also feature a series of history and art exhibitions hosted in Liverpool’s iconic museums and art galleries, audio-visual projections, city-wide photography exhibitions, as well as live music at the waterfront and tall ships in port.