British ship fans are in for a real treat this week in Brisbane and Sydney, with the Queen Mary 2 and the Queen Elizabeth visiting the Australian ports – and the Britannia being launched by the Queen in the UK.
The highlight of the visit, which coincides with Cunard’s 175th anniversary, will be a rendezvous between the two Queens on Sydney Harbour on March 12.
Sydney Ports has received an application for fireworks on the harbor between 915pm and 10pm, which should be a magnificent sight.
The ships usually cause big crowds to gather, and this is likely to no exception.
Queen Victoria will arrive at 6am on Wednesday and will dock at the Overseas Passenger Terminal. The QM2 will arrive at dawn the next day and take over that spot – with Queen Victoria banished to Bradleys Head.
The dramatic moment when their paths cross – seen in our picture of the Queen Elizabeth and QM2 in 2011 – is usually what sparks public interest, and they are certain to feature on TV news bulletins.
But watchers up at dawn will see it too from shore areas.
Meanwhile, the day before all of this over in Britain, Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, will name P&O’s new vessel Britannia at Ocean Terminal, Southampton.
The naming will be a milestone in British maritime history and will be an event of great national interest.
Britannia, a ship for the nation, will be the embodiment of contemporary Britain, and with her Union Jack livery she will fly the flag for Britain across the Globe,” said a P&O spokesman.