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Cunard Fleet Gathers In New York

Posted on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 by

Photo copyright Tom Rinaldi, New York January 13 2011

Cunard’s QUEEN ELIZABETH, QUEEN MARY 2 and QUEEN VICTORIA will converge near the Statue of Liberty in New York harbour for a fireworks display on January 13 at 6:40 PM.

The last time the entire Cunard fleet was gathered together was January 14, 2008, when QUEEN ELIZABETH 2, QUEEN MARY 2 and QUEEN VICTORIA met for the first and last time.

Detail from the 2008 gathering, photo copyright Allan Jordan.

Thursday’s event will mark the first time these particular Cunard QUEENs have been seen together.
To mark the close of the New York Stock Exchange, Cunard’s Commodore Bernard Warner, along with Cunard President Peter Shanks and Carnival Corporation’s CEO Micky Arison, will ring the original bell that came form the first QUEEN ELIZABETH.

The three ships are scheduled to depart from their Brooklyn and Manhattan cruise terminals at 6:00 PM with the fireworks show set for 6:40 PM off the Statue of Liberty.

Viewing locations suggested by Cunard are:

Battery Park
On the southern shoreline of Manhattan, www.thebattery.org

Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Park
Overlooking the Hudson River with great views of the Statue of Liberty
Just south of the Museum of Jewish Heritage
By subway: 4 or 5 to Bowling Green, or N or R to Whitehall

The Esplanade
Running the entire length of Battery Park City, along the Hudson River from Stuyvesant High School, on the north end all the way south to Battery Park

Hudson River Park
550-acre Park extending for five miles along the Manhattan shoreline from Battery Place to West 59th Street


6:00 AM (approx) All ships will be berthed at respective cruise terminal (see below).


6:00 PM

  • QUEEN MARY 2 – from Brooklyn Cruise Terminal
  • QUEEN VICTORIA – from Pier 90, Manhattan Cruise Terminal
  • QUEEN ELIZABETH – from Pier 88, Manhattan Cruise Terminal

6:40 PM (approx)

Cunard Royal Rendezvous at the Statue of Liberty featuring Fireworks by Grucci for a spectacular sail away celebration.

11 Responses to Cunard Fleet Gathers In New York

  1. Tony Ward

    January 13, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    I still find it absolutely impossible to comprehend that Carnival owns Cunard.

  2. Kenneth Eden

    January 14, 2011 at 6:05 am

    Get over it. If Carnival did not own Cunard, there would be no Cunard. Tata/Jaguar???

    Have you sailed Cunard? Quite a difference from the 80’s, when the QE2 often sailed with TWO DOZEN passengers transatlantic.

    I have sailed Cunard since 1969, when the QE2 was new, and the changes with Cunard are absoultely astounding, all for the better, and today, Cunard is the iconic leader in luxe travel. Cunard offers liner and cruise liner travel, not cruise ship travel. There is a difference.

  3. Dieter Killinger

    January 15, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    I was one of the privileged onboard a chartered NY Waterways ferry that followed the Victoria and the Elizabeth down the Hudson to the waiting QM2.
    Fireworks lit the three sisters as they majestically sailed out of the harbor.
    It was a night to remember!

  4. Kevin

    January 17, 2011 at 4:57 am


    I think the combination of Cunard/P&O have certainly filled the berths as Miami dictates. But this scenario in New York has been done before, time for Cunard and P&O to come up with something different. And original ideas (that are cheap in cost) can strain the limited capabilities of Cunard’/P&O’s PR team. Lest we forget the Titanic’d Queen Mary….

    There are other true luxe brands without the highly over used Vista masquerading as this and that,,check out Azamara blog. As someone pointed out..debuting a Carnival brand’s fleet in one spot, in the dark…again?

  5. Milt

    March 17, 2011 at 6:23 am

    I agree with Tony……Carnival owning Cunard is almost as shameful as ODUMBA having been elected President.

  6. Paul Barker

    March 31, 2011 at 5:54 am

    If Carnival did not own Cunard, how many Queens would we have now ?

  7. Kenneth Eden

    April 1, 2011 at 3:27 am


  8. hank

    June 23, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Carnival saved Cunard. They needed Carnival’s money to build a new ship. Cunard’s quality has slipped a little, but it’s still a wonderful way for people to experience ocean liners (Even if it’s a modern 21st century liner). Would love to sail on the QM2 someday

  9. hank

    June 23, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    And Cunard is still not a party boat cruise. Even if their owners are.

  10. Kenneth Eden

    June 24, 2011 at 5:31 am


    If you hve not sailed on the QM2, and presumably, not the QE or QV you can attest to the quality on board a Cunard ship, ie: “Cunard’s quality has slipped a little……..”

    Having sailed Cunard in all of its forms for over four decades, there is no slippage in quality, I assure you. In fact, Cunard strives to excel in what it does best.

    RCI owns Celebrity, RCI is a party line for sure, Celebrity, is not.

  11. hank

    June 25, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Okay. That’s my mistake. And no, I’ve never been on a cunard line ship. It’s kind of hard to get that set up when you’re in landlocked Oklahoma. and no one at school or at home has a clue what you’re talking about.

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