Cunard Fleet Gathers In New York

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,

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.

Martin Cox

Martin Cox

MARTIN COX - Founder and publisher of MaritimeMatters, grew up in the British port of Southampton inspired by maritime culture and technology. He works as a photographer in Los Angeles, and his photography has been exhibited in New York, LA and London.The LA Maritime Museum has commissioned and collected his photography. Martin is the co-writer of the book “Hollywood to Honolulu; the story of the Los Angeles Steamship Company” published by the Steam Ship Historical Society of America. His exhibition STRANDED (twilight of the ocean liner) was also published as a catalog.
Martin Cox

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