Amidst fireworks and much fanfare, Cunard Line’s flagship RMS Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria joined the new Queen Elizabeth for her inaugural call to New York, meeting for a historic Cunard Royal Rendezvous. Thousands of New Yorkers and lined the shores of Manhattan, from Battery Park to Hudson River Park, to see the fleet gather for the first time. During a celebration that began with a fireworks salute, the three vessels made a majestic procession into New York Harbour illuminated by a dazzling Grucci fireworks show, as they then departed on their respective luxury cruise vacations. The meeting of the Queens marks only the second time in Cunard’s 171-year history that all three of the company’s ships have met simultaneously in New York. The first Cunard Royal Rendezvous took place in 2008 celebrating Queen Victoria‘s inaugural call to New York.
"Cunard’s Queens have always been regally greeted in our US home port, and we are thrilled that our newest Queen has been met with an equally exquisite celebration," said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line. "The City of New York is a core part of our legacy and a significant landmark for Cunard, and we’re delighted to celebrate the very rare and momentous Royal Rendezvous in The Big Apple."
Along with this grand celebration in New York Harbour, as a salute to the Cunard Royal Rendezvous, the Empire State Building was lit in Cunard’s colour of red. Shanks along with Cunard’s Commodore Bernard Warner and Micky Arison, CEO and Chairman of Carnival Corporation, rang the closing bell for the New York Stock Exchange yesterday, using the ship bell from the original RMS Queen Elizabeth (circa 1938).
Most recently, Queen Elizabeth captured the world stage with her christening on 11 October 2010, attended by Her Majesty The Queen in Southampton. Following her maiden call to New York, she embarks on her Maiden World Voyage (103 days), flagship RMS Queen Mary 2 begins her fifth World Voyage (103 days), and Queen Victoria begins her debut Americas Season, traversing the east and west coasts through the Panama Canal.
For more information about Cunard’s three Queens or to book a voyage, consult The Cruise People at 1-800-961-5536.