Written by on Friday February 13, 2015
Valentine’s 2015 is a landmark day for lovers of cruising as it’s marks 100 days until the Cunard Fleet gathers at its spiritual home of Liverpool on the Mersey. Huge crowds are expected to turn up on May 25 2015 to see the Three Queens on one of their rare gatherings as part of Cunard’s 175th anniversary celebrations.
To keep track of the time until this momentous occasion, a countdown clock has been unveiled at the Mersey Ferries Pier Head Terminal. Councillor Liam Robinson, Chair of Merseytravel was joined by Scott Sandison and his fiancée Lauren Hayes from Edinburgh (pictured above) to reveal the timepiece.
Cunard has played an important part in the lives of the Edinburgh-based couple as they first met on the QE2 in 2007 when they were both teenagers, and years later Scott proposed in before hundreds of people in front of the Queen Victoria. They were invited to the event after Cunard heard about their story and have since become Gold Cunard World Club Members. They are planning to make their fifth cruise with the prestigious cruise line for their honeymoon.
Lauren said: “We’re both really honoured to be here today. We’ve got a huge emotional connection to Cunard, given our history with the company, and it’s just really special and exciting to be involved in such a big way like this."
Unveiling the clock, Merseytravel chair Robinson said: “Cunard’s three Queens spectacular will be a global event hosted by Liverpool. The celebration of Cunard’s 175th anniversary presents a huge opportunity for the city and I am delighted that Merseytravel will play its important part by transporting many of the tens of thousands of spectators who will converge on both sides of the River Mersey to witness the ships salute their spiritual home.
“Three Queens, One Magnificent City will be a unique moment in Merseyside maritime history and it is entirely fitting that our world-famous Ferries will be part of it. The Fleet Is Coming - in 100 days!”
Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth will meet on the Liverpool waterfront and perform a variety of manoeuvres in close formation at this one-off event to the delight of an expected 1 million people.
The Mersey has played a huge part Cunard’s history. Ocean travel changed forever when Cunard’s first ship, Britannia, left the Liverpool port on 4 July 1840, establishing the first ever scheduled transatlantic crossing. Queen Mary 2 will return 175 years to the day on 4 July 2015 to recreate that voyage heading to Halifax and Boston before going on to New York.
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