Cunard Line Limited

Cunard Line Limited

March 20, 2008 09:49 ET

Historic 'Meeting of Cunard Queens' to Take Place in Southampton

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - March 20, 2008) - Tuesday 22 April 2008 promises to go down in the annals of British maritime history when Cunard's three Queens will meet in their homeport of Southampton in another historic first for the company. Queen Mary 2, company flagship and the largest ocean liner in the world, and Queen Victoria, the newest Cunard Queen, will salute QE2, the most famous and beloved ship in the world on the day she celebrates the 39th anniversary of her official entry into service in 1969(i).

Carol Marlow, Cunard's President and Managing Director, says:

"We are delighted that this unexpected opportunity for Southampton to host our three ocean liners arose after we took the recent decision to have QE2's scheduled 2008 refit in her homeport. We would like as many people as possible to witness this historic spectacle".

Cunard advises those who wish to see the three Queens to use vantage points such as Mayflower Park and Town Quay car park (at the end of the pier).

Just after 1700 hours Queen Mary 2 will leave her berth at the Queen Elizabeth II Terminal and proceed up river to get as close as possible to Queen Victoria (at the City Cruise Terminal) and QE2 (alongside Berth 105).

All three ships will sound their whistles in salute before Queen Mary 2 departs on her first transatlantic crossing of 2008 (her 81st crossing) followed by Queen Victoria embarking on her first voyage to Iberia and the Canaries.

Note to Editors

(1) QE2 entered service on 22 April 1969 with her 'Preview Voyage' - an eight-day voyage to Las Palmas, Tenerife and Lisbon prior to departing on her maiden transatlantic crossing on 2 May.

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