Wednesday, 27 May 2015

3 Queens Event, Liverpool

From 24th - 26th May 2015, Cunards three biggest cruise ships sailed across the River Mersey in celebration of 175 years since Cunard's first ever cruise liner sailed from Liverpool to Halifax and Boston. Huge crowds gathered to watch the ships arrive, berth and even perform a special 'river dance'. 

RMS Queen Mary 2 sails up the River Mersey

RMS Queen Mary 2, the largest of the three, was the first to enter Liverpool on the 24th. Hundreds gathered in wind and rain to wave the passengers as it berthed. She travelled to Brazil Buoy the next day to welcome her sister ships, RMS Queen Elizabeth and RMS Queen Victoria, before they sailed down the Mersey towards the Liverpool Echo Arena, turning to sail back to the cruise liner terminal. 

'3 Queens' turning to sail back up the River Mersey

An estimated 1.3 million watched from both sides of the river as the boats turned and the Red Arrows flew over. The RMS Queen Mary 2 left the city, whilst the RMS Queen Elizabeth berthed and the RMS Queen Victoria anchored herself in the middle of the Mersey. That night, there were projections onto the 'Three Graces' (Royal Liver Building, Cunard Building and Port of Liverpool Building) followed by fireworks and a goodbye to RMS Queen Elizabeth. RMS Queen Victoria sailed away the following day.

Projections on the Three Graces

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