Three Queens will rendezvous on the Mersey over May Bank Holiday for Cunard’s 175th anniversary
Cunard has revealed the timings for its Three Queens Salute in the company’s ‘spiritual home’ of Liverpool over the May Bank Holiday weekend.
To mark the cruise line’s 175th anniversary Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth will rendezvous at the mouth of the River Mersey on Monday 25 May at around midday.
Cunard Director Angus Struthers said: “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.”
After meeting in the Mersey, the Three Queens will set sail for the Liverpool Echo Arena before turning 180 degrees to face north. Queen Mary 2 will then leave the city with Queen Elizabeth berthing at the Cruise Liner Terminal and Queen Victoria anchoring in the middle of the Mersey.
This will be followed by a light projection show on Liverpool’s iconic Three Graces building and a fireworks display.
Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool said: “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 travelling far and wide to take in this maritime spectacle.
“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 weekends the region has experienced.”
Events begin on Sunday 24 May at 9am when Queen Mary 2 arrives in the city and berths at the Liverpool Cruise Liner Turner. They conclude on Tuesday 26 May at 5pm when Queen Victoria sails out of the city.
Here are the full schedule of events in Liverpool (timings 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 its 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.
• 1410 – 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 goodbye to Queen Victoria
• 1700 hours: Queen Victoria sails out of the city. Flotilla of small boats welcome.
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