To say that 2015 is a massive year in the history of Cunard is something of an understatement, as it’s the very year in which the line celebrates its 175th anniversary and there are some pretty exciting things taking place.
Ever since the line’s founder Samuel Cunard was awarded the first British transatlantic steamship mail contract in 1839 and Britannia completed its first service in 1840, Cunard has been a name synonymous with the seas and today, the line’s elegant cruise ships enjoy a deserved reputation of harking back to that golden age.
There’s going to be plenty happening in 2015, the year which marks 175 years since that iconic 1840 sailing, when Britannia left British waters on route to the USA. In fact, it’s party time on every Cunard cruise this year, with special events taking place on-board Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria and the line’s flagship Queen Mary 2 on each and every itinerary.
There are however, some very special dates in the Cunard calendar this year.
Firstly, in one of the line’s special 175th anniversary cruises, another anniversary is honoured, when Queen Victoria’s 3rd May cruise sees her pay tribute to the line’s Lusitania on the 100th anniversary of that vessel’s sinking by a German U-Boat during the First World War. Passengers will attend ceremonies at the memorial for the ship in Cobh, Ireland, close to the coast off which the wreck of Lusitania lies.
On 25th May, all three vessels in the line’s fleet will meet in Liverpool, a city forever associated with the line, as it was Cunard’s home for 127 years and it’s where the classic Cunard Building still stands. The prestigious Three Queens event will take place 24th– 26th May and while, even if you’re not on-board there will be plenty of celebrations taking place ashore, the most fitting and enjoyable way to take part is by being on one of the ships and the good news is, we have limited places still available on each.
4th July sees the line’s 175th Anniversary Crossing and a truly landmark day in the Cunard calendar. Queen Mary 2 will follow exactly the same route as the line’s first ship Britannia did, on a transatlantic journey calling at Liverpool, Samuel Cunard’s home town Halifax, Boston and New York. The Liverpool stop will be particularly special, as it will take place on the exact day that Britannia departed the city 175 years ago. The cruise is set to capture the spirit of this truly landmark crossing, with gala dinners, on-board speakers and special shore events all planned.
You can book your place today with Cruise118.com on any of these landmark sailings and join in the celebrations for yourself. However, with such a landmark event, they are sure to sell out quickly, so don’t miss out. Just call 0808 1234 118 and speak to one of our dedicated Cruise Concierge today.
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