Some very special visitors will sail into the River Mersey from Sunday 24th May. Port Academy Liverpool, located just a short distance from the River will see Cunard’s magnificent three Queens – Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and, Queen Elizabeth – gather in the company’s ‘spiritual home’, Liverpool, to mark its 175th anniversary.
This unforgettable spectacular will take place towards the late May Bank Holiday. The three biggest Cunarders ever to enter service will be together for a short time on Monday 25, but activities will take place across the whole weekend.
Angus Struthers, Cunard Director:
“After many years of planning, in just over four weeks Liverpool will host the gathering of our three majestic Queens on the Mersey. The event will provide a spectacle that will live long in the memories of those who attend. If the excitement and buzz that there is currently around the city is an indication of the reception the fleet is going to receive over the three-day period then it is difficult to describe the excitement, emotion and passion there will be at the time.”
Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool:
“Liverpool is a city well-versed in staging huge events with an international focus, and this May Bank Holiday weekend will be no exception. For months there has been a buzz around the city about the arrival of the three majestic liners on the Mersey.
Hotel rooms have been snapped up and people are traveling far and wide to take in this maritime spectacle. We want visitors to plan their trip as much as possible – without a doubt it’s going to be exceptionally busy on both sides of the river and our transport network will be put under a great deal of pressure.
“For over a year we’ve been working with transport partners and other organisations such as Merseyside Police to make sure everyone rises to the challenge for what could be one of the busiest weekend’s the region has experienced. I have no doubt that Liverpool will shine under the international spotlight and this will be an unforgettable moment in the city’s history for all the right reasons.”
Across the weekend it is anticipated huge numbers of people will head to the city to be part of the celebrations, with the main focus being on Monday 25 May, when hundreds of thousands are expected to flock to both sides of the Mersey to experience a piece of maritime history.
Local travel advice can be found at www.merseytravel.gov.uk, or call Traveline on 0151 236 7676 or 0871 200 22 33.