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.
The three Queens of Cunard are visiting Australia in 2020/21
Prepare a royal welcome for Cunard’s iconic trio of Queens in 2020/21 as they visit Australia together in the summer season.
Sail in Cunard style with itineraries that range from short two-night breaks to a 108-night world voyage, blending world-class cities with smaller, less well-known destinations.
Cunard Senior Manager for Australia and New Zealand Katrina McAlpine said: “With all three Queens visiting Down Under during our 2020-21 program, and Queen Elizabeth spending a record number of days in Australian waters, Australians will have more opportunities than ever before to experience all the pleasures of a holiday at sea with Cunard.”
Departing Southampton on January 10, 2021, Cunard’s flagship Queen Mary 2 will embark on a voyage from southern Africa to Southeast Asia and the Mediterranean as well as Australia where she will visit eight ports, from Fremantle to Cairns and Darwin.
Queen Victoria will set sail on a western circumnavigation of the globe, including scenic cruising in the Panama Canal and overnight stays in San Francisco, Honolulu, Hong Kong, Singapore and Cape Town as well as Sydney. Her time in Australian waters will also include visits to Brisbane, the Whitsundays and Darwin.
Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth’s program of exotic voyages will offer more regional-focussed itineraries, including her record 118-day season Down Under featuring a range of short sojourns between major Australian cities as well as longer journeys around Australia and New Zealand. She will also be making maiden calls in Lyttleton and New Plymouth, New Zealand; Hualien, Taiwan; and Miyakojima, Japan
The 2021 World Voyage season and Queen Elizabeth’s 2020-21 Australian program will go on sale for past guests at 7pm (AEDT) on March 12, 2019 and for all other guests at 7pm (AEDT) on March 13, 2019. For more information and bookings, contact your travel consultant, call Cunard on 132 494 or visit www.cunard.com.
*Subject to availability. Conditions apply.
Voyages available in the new program include:
A 14-night Christmas and New Year cruise to New Zealand departing Melbourne on December 22, 2020 (Q101). Fares start from $4449* per person twin share.
A 13-night sailing from Auckland to Sydney via Tasmania departing January 27, 2021 (Q105). Fares start from $3999* per person twin share.
Queen Mary 2
A 99-night World Voyage sailing roundtrip from Southampton on January 10, 2021 (M103E). Fares start from $22,299* per person twin share.
A 28-night journey from Cape Town to Sydney departing January 24, 2021 (M104B). Fares start from $6399* per person twin share.
A 21-night San Francisco to Sydney voyage, departing February 6, 2021 (V106). Fares start from $5349* per person twin share.
A 25-night journey from Hong Kong to Cape Town sailing March 20, 2021 (V108). Fares start from $6699* per person twin share.