PICTURES BY JAMES MORGAN/CUNARD – - Lisbon, Portugal, Tuesday 6th May 2014 – images for use in editorial and online use only – no sales/no advertising – mandatory credit pics by James Morgan if used
The world's grandest Ocean Liner, Queen Mary 2 and her sister ships Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria sail in formation from Lisbon to the UK ahead of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh's visit to celebrate
Queen Mary 2's 10th anniversary in Southampton on Friday 9 May.
For the first time ever, the three Cunard Queens were photographed side-by-side at sea as part of a shoot that took months of meticulous planning.
Queen Mary 2 is on the final leg of her World Cruise and her sister ships were on hand to escort her home in style.
Photographer James Morgan took to the skies in a helicopter to capture these iconic shots of the three ships sailing abreast of one another.
And while it may look effortless they are the result of a long planning operation in which the safety of the vessels and the thousands of people upon them was paramount.
The centrepiece of the shoot was Queen Mary 2 herself, the only Ocean Liner in service today and still the fastest passenger ship afloat ten years after she was named by Her Majesty The Queen in 2004. The ship measures 1,132 feet in length - longer than the Shard in London is tall - and stands 236.2 feet in height. She also weighs in at an impressive 150,000 gross tons. Since entering service Queen Mary 2 has sailed 1.5 million nautical miles on over 400 voyages including 213 Transatlantic Crossings. She has called at 182 ports in 60 countries and carried over 1.3 million guests
The 90,900 ton Queen Elizabeth is the newest member of the Cunard family, having been named by Her Majesty The Queen in 2010, and measures 964.5ft in length.
Rounding off the trio is Queen Victoria, named in 2007 by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, and (just) the smallest of the Queens at 90,000 gross tons and measuring 964ft in length.
Cunard releases 2022 itineraries and returns to Alaska in 2021
Cunard released their 2022 itineraries featuring a new local itinerary and the line also confirms that they are returning to Alaska in 2021 for a second extended season.
The three queens will call at 93 ports in 42 countries with 14 overnight stays. Guests will also get an extended 2021 Alaska season after Cunard’s successful first return Alaska in 2020.
The Queen Elizabeth will return to Alaska from June to September, with voyages departing Vancouver offering stunning scenic cruising in the UNESCO world heritage site of Glacier Bay National Park and the waterways of the famous Inside Passage.
The ship then returns to her ‘second home’ Australia for a season that spans November 2021 to March 2022. Cunard rolls out a new unique South Pacific itinerary for her season here, which will call at Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia. The Queen Elizabeth then moves on to Japan to offer a series of Japanese itineraries from April to June 2022. This includes visits to Japan’s main islands of Honshu, Kyushu and Hokkaido, while southern voyages take in the Okinawa archipelago as well as two Taiwanese port calls.
Queen Victoria continues Cunard’s world cruising tradition with a full circumnavigation of the globe in 2022. Offering 25 itineraries that span from two to the complete voyage at 112 nights.
The itinerary takes in internationally renowned locations such as Samoa, Hawaii, New Zealand, Singapore and New Guinea. Overnight stays in San Francisco, Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore and Cape Town offer guests the perfect opportunity to explore these ‘must see’ cities, while the ship will also complete a scenic daytime passage of the Panama Canal.
Meanwhile the line’s flagship Queen Mary 2 will escape the cold in early 2022, sailing on a grand Caribbean and South American adventure; with options to depart from Hamburg, Southampton or New York.
The voyage will commence with the iconic of voyages like the transatlantic Crossing and itineraries the Eastern Caribbean, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Chile. Queen Mary 2 then retraces the route of famous explorers, rounding Cape Horn before returning to New York via Rio de Janeiro –in time for the world famous Rio Carnival.
“Cunard’s extensive experience in luxury cruising has allowed us to expertly craft a series of voyages that will excite, enrich and engage our guests,” said Simon Palethorpe, President, Cunard.
He added: “Cunard’s newly announced 2021 and 2022 voyages take in some of the most breathtaking scenery on the planet, and call at the world’s most famous destinations, that we’re sure will have our guests talking about their experiences for years to come. Whether guests choose to do a two-night cruise, a traditional Transatlantic Crossing or a full circumnavigation of the globe, each voyage comes with Cunard’s signature luxury White Star Service and style, honed over almost 180 years.”