This May, Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 will celebrate 10 years of sailing with two commemorative crossings between Southampton and New York City and a day of special celebrations in Southampton.
The celebrations will kick off on May 9, 2014 when all three Cunard ships will arrive in Southampton together. The Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth will salute the Queen Mary 2 and perform a sail past. The celebrations will continue with a celebratory lunch and a massive fireworks show to conclude the evening. All three ships will then set sail from Southampton together.
The two commemorative crossings, scheduled to embark on May 9th and May 16th, will both feature two special guests, Commodore Ron Warwick, the first Master of Queen Mary 2, and Stephen Payne OBE, one of the ship’s primary designers. Each leg will also host a number of other special guests and performers.
“Since entering service in 2004, Queen Mary 2 has reigned supreme on the Atlantic and around the world, proudly carrying more than a million guests,” said David Dingle, CEO of Cunard Line. “She has attracted awards, accolades and admiration as the greatest ocean liner ever built for a decade now and we intend to mark her first ten years of service in style.”
Since the ship’s christening on January 8, 2014, the Queen Mary 2 has sailed a total of 419 voyages, including over 200 Transatlantic Crossings, and has called at 182 ports in 60 countries.