Cunard Line Limited

Cunard Line Limited

October 08, 2009 10:41 ET

Queen Mary 2 to Make Birthday Call to Cobh

Largest liner ever to visit Ireland

IRELAND, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Oct. 8, 2009) - Cunard's flagship Queen Mary 2, the most famous ship in service, will make a special fifth birthday call to Cobh on Wednesday 21 October 2009, as part of a maiden Round-the-British Isles voyage, thus becoming the largest liner ever to visit Ireland. Cunard and Cobh have shared a long and eventful history that dates back to the middle of the 19th Century when emigration from Europe to the United States and Canada began in earnest. Cunard Line celebrates the 170th Anniversary of its founding in 2009 - so this is a double celebration for the company and its flagship.

The 151,400-ton Queen Mary 2 will arrive in Cobh at 1300 hours and will remain there until 1800 hours.

Cunard Managing Director Peter Shanks and Commodore Bernard Warner, Master of Queen Mary 2, will take part in a special ceremony at the Lusitania Memorial at 1430 hours. The Cunard liner Lusitania was torpedoed and sunk in 1915 with the loss of 1,119 lives.

Other ports on the voyage, which departs Southampton on 15 October, include South Queensferry, maiden calls to Greenock and Liverpool and a visit to Cherbourg. Great crowds are expected to welcome Queen Mary 2 at each port.

Commenting on the visit, Cunard's Managing Director, Peter Shanks, said:

"In the hundred years from 1848 over six million people emigrated from Ireland to new lives in the New World and of these 2½ million departed from Cobh – many on Cunard vessels - so it is fitting for our flagship Queen Mary 2 to make this call during such a special voyage".

The voyage commemorates the introduction into service of Queen Mary 2 five years ago in January 2004. Still the largest, longest, tallest, widest, most expensive ocean liner ever built and, since the retirement of QE2, the fastest passenger ship in the world. Queen Mary 2 entered service just four days after being named by Her Majesty The Queen during the most spectacular naming ceremony Southampton, her home port, had ever seen. Since that historic entry into service Queen Mary 2 has sailed almost 750,000 nautical miles, completed over 120 Atlantic crossings (the route for which she was specifically built, the first passenger ship to be built for that trade in 35 years), and made calls to 115 ports in 45 countries.

Since becoming Cunard flagship in May 2004, taking over the mantle from QE2, Queen Mary 2 has also become one of the most celebrated ships in the world and successfully continues the Cunard passenger liner tradition established 170 years ago.

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