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Monday, May 28, 2012

Cunard celebrates Queen's Diamond Jubilee

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Cunard Royal Rendezvous and other Special Events Celebrate Diamond Jubilee

On 5 June 2012, Cunard will bring Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations to a close with the first-ever Cunard Royal Rendezvous in the fleet’s home port of Southampton, England. Here, Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth will approach the port soon after first light, sailing up Southampton Water, with a flotilla of small boats expected to welcome them in.

As Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria tie up at their berths, Queen Mary 2 will follow on, passing each ship in turn, with crew lining the foredeck of all three vessels, and the ships’ whistles sounding in salute.

The celebrations will culminate in an evening spectacular where all three ships will be brought within close proximity of each other, and a fusillade of fireworks and special effects will light up the evening sky.

Queen Mary 2 will then lead Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria in single file down the Solent as all three ships set out on their celebratory Jubilee voyages.

On board, Cunard’s renowned Insights enrichment programme will feature lectures by former BBC Royal correspondent Jennie Bond (Queen Mary 2), Professor Herbert Kerrigan QC, one of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Counsel in Scotland (Queen Victoria); and ITN royal commentator Robert Jobson (Queen Elizabeth).


Additionally, a highly distinguished and rare collection of Royal art, including eight original watercolours by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, 31 lithographs by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and 20 limited edition boxed sets of photographs by Lord Snowdon will be displayed on all three Queens, with limited edition prints available for purchase. This will be the only time that these prints are available for purchase outside the Belgravia Gallery in London.

Guests sailing on board Cunard ships will enjoy the Diamond Jubilee spirit into 6 June, when special activities throughout the day will culminate in a Commemorative Dinner with a souvenir menu highlighting the 74-year relationship between Cunard and Her Majesty The Queen, followed by a Grand Ball.

Guests sailing aboard the voyages ending on 5 June will not miss out on any of the historic events taking place in London, or indeed Southampton, as Cunard will screen live BBC World News coverage of Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, across the fleet, beginning at 9:00 a.m. (GMT).

Queen Mary 2’s Jubilee Voyage is five-nights calling at Rotterdam, Zeebrugge and Le Havre (5 – 10 June). Queen Victoria’s 17-night (5 - 22 June) “Adriatic Explorer” voyage will call at La Coruna, Cephalonia, Dubrovnik, Venice (overnight), Split, Corfu and Oporto; and Queen Elizabeth’s 14-night (5 - 19 June) “St Petersburg and Baltic Explorer” will call at Hamburg, Tallinn, St Petersburg, Stockholm and Copenhagen.

For more information about the Diamond Jubilee Sale, visit www.cunard.com on 1 June; to book a voyage, contact your Travel Agent or call toll-free 1-800-728-6273. 

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About Cunard Line
Cunard Line, operator of the luxury ocean liners Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth, has long been synonymous with the quest for new discoveries and the epitome of British refinement since the company's first paddle-wheeled steamer, Britannia, crossed the Atlantic in 1840. Cunard voyages bring together like-minded travellers who seek a civilised adventure and relish the Cunard hallmarks of impeccable White Star Service, gourmet dining and world-class entertainment. Today, Cunard offers the only regularly scheduled trans-Atlantic liner service and continues the legacy of world cruising which it began in 1922.


World’s Leading Cruise Lines
Cunard is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines. Our exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises and Seabourn. Sharing a passion to please each guest and a commitment to quality and value, World’s Leading Cruise Lines inspires people to discover their best vacation experience. Together, we offer a variety of exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable destinations.  Visit us at www.worldsleadingcruiselines.com.



Cunard Announces Diamond Jubilee Sale, 1-7 June,
Offering Regal Savings on Transatlantic Crossings


Special On board events, a Royal Visit and a Cunard Royal Rendezvous Celebrate Sixty-Year Reign of Queen Elizabeth II 

24 May 2012 – From 1 June through 7 June, Cunard Line will offer significant savings on select 7-day Transatlantic Crossings on board flagship Queen Mary 2 in honour of Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The only liner to provide regularly scheduled Transatlantic service, Queen Mary 2 offers the ultimate luxury cruise vacation, rich in classic British traditions, fine cuisine and stimulating on board enrichment.  This year’s season includes several new offerings, such as new theatrical productions, jazz workshops, lecture programmes, dining menus and spa treatments.

The seven-day Diamond Jubilee Sale offers fares starting as low as $795, Complimentary Double Upgrades, and up to $150 in On Board Credit (per person, based on double occupancy).

Applicable dates for the Diamond Jubilee Sale include:
7-Day Eastbound
  • 6 July 2012
  • 3 August 2012
  • 28 August 2012
  • 2 October 2012
  • 28 October 2012
  • 27 November 2012
  • 3 January 2013
7-Day Westbound
  • 24 June 2012
  • 27 July 2012
  • 21 August 2012
  • 14 September 2012
  • 14 October 2012
  • 20 November 2012
  • 15 December 2012
A Royal Visit

Cunard Line is the only company to have such a unique and longstanding relationship with Great Britain’s Royal Family. Her Majesty The Queen is the only person to have attended the naming of all three Cunard Elizabeths, beginning in 1938; Camilla Parker Bowles, Duchess of Cornwall, served as Cunard Queen Victoria’s godmother; and just yesterday, 23 May, Her Royal Highness Princess Anne visited Queen Elizabeth in her capacity as Patron of SEA Vision UK, launching the Skills, Education and Awareness (SEA) programme, a Secondary School initiative connecting youth with maritime sector career opportunities.

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