Cunard Line’s Three Queens will meet in Southampton on 3rd May and then again on the River Mersey on 25th May as part of Cunard’s 175th Anniversary celebrations.
On the latter date, the Queen Mary 2 will leave her berth and sail down the Mersey to Seaforth where she will meet her sister Queens, which will sail past her. The three ships will make their way back up the river in convoy, with the Queen Elizabeth at the front and the QM2 at the rear, giving a good view to people waiting at Crosby. They will sail up the Mersey at low tide, with a tug ahead and behind the convoy, as far as Cammell Laird and the Echo Arena, and then back down again, with the QM2 then sailing off to continue her 10-day British Isles cruise.
The Three Queens, One Magnificent City event runs from 23rd-26th May. Auckland hosted its own impromptu Royal Rendezvous of the Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria on 19th March as a result of the lingering after effects of Cyclone Pam. Both ships had no choice other than to make significant itinerary changes to avoid the worst effects of the severe weather pattern in the interests of the safety and comfort of guests, resulting in unexpected back to back arrivals of the two ships