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Friday, March 15, 2013

Cunard salutes Australian summer heroes during Queen Mary 2 Sydney call

Australian emergency services volunteers with Cunard Commodore Christopher Rynd
on the bow of Queen Mary 2 en route during their special voyage from Brisbane to Sydney
The arrival of Cunard Line’s flagship Queen Mary 2 in Sydney, Australia, on 7 March 2013,
as seen from the ship’s webcam
7 March 2013 – In a tribute to their tireless efforts this summer, a group of volunteers from Australia’s recent devastating bushfire and flood emergencies arrived in Sydney in style this morning on board Cunard Line’s flagship Queen Mary 2.

Sailing from Brisbane as Cunard’s guests were more than 35 volunteers from the NSW Rural Fire Service, Tasmania Fire Service, Victoria Country Fire Authority and the Queensland State Emergency Service – who have been at the forefront of natural disasters this summer.
 "Queen Mary 2’s ‘Salute to the Summer Heroes,’ which saw the volunteers standing at the bow of the famous ocean liner as she sailed into Sydney early this morning, would allow the community to acknowledge the volunteers as well as the overall contribution of volunteer organizations,” said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line.

“Queen Mary 2 makes a huge impact wherever she goes, and we are delighted she can play a part in marking the service and sacrifice of volunteers who routinely defend and protect their communities,” Shanks added.  “It is humbling to know that emergency services volunteers risk everything to protect their communities in the most extreme conditions, and they do it willingly year after year and sometimes at great personal cost.”

For more information about Queen Mary 2, or to book a voyage, consult your Travel Agent, call toll-free 1-800-728-6273 or visit www.cunard.com.
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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 relish the Cunard hallmarks of impeccable White Star Service, gourmet dining and world-class entertainment. Today, Cunard offers the only regularly scheduled Transatlantic liner service and continues the legacy of world cruising which it began in 1922.

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