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Guest Solent Richard

Queen Mary 2 175Th Anniversary Crossing

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My wife and I do not normally cruise in July and August however when it was announced that Queen Mary 2 was making a special celebratory 175th Anniversary crossing it was a no brainer to be on her.


We joined many friends including 5 Bolsover Cruise Club Forum Members and 12 'We are Cunard Fanzine' Facebook  members. 


We sailed from Southampton on 2nd July and arrived in Liverpool the following evening...




The following day, 4 July, Cunard had organised two concerts in Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral. All passengers were invited...







We attended the morning concert which was repeated in the afternoon. Speakers included Simon Weston OBE, Carol Thatcher, Lord Steel, John Prescott and Michael Buerk.


Performances were given by The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, The Liverpool Cathedral Choir, Laura Wright, Jenny Williams and Jon Christos and the Band of the Welsh Guards.


On completion of the Concert my wife and I took the Beatles Fab4TaxiTour which was brilliant...




Liverpool gave us a great welcome, though I guess I missed meeting one of my resident fans ( laugh.png )...




Late evening we headed off for our trans Atlantic voyage to Halifax and were given a rousing snd off by the many Cunard fans in Liverpool.


The visit to Halifax was most memorable: more about that later. Again though there was a superb farewell sailaway...




...with the Canadian Navy giving us a 21 Gun Salute and dipping their flags as we passed...




At Boston we took a ship's excursion to Salem where, amongst other places, we visited the...




That evening we had yet another spectacular send off with an outstanding firework display as we sailed out...




There was a final sea day before our arrival in New York where my wife and I disembarked.

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While we were onboard preparations were being made for a laser light show...





...for the New York Sailaway.


Here is the result...



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Hello David H,I agree with the word spectacular,and indeed would have liked to have been there.

Apparantly though it did not meet with the expectations of a lot of people.


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I've just watched some of the videos from the cruise including the time lapse entry and exit from New York. It looked very impressive. Also watched Captain Osprey's first pitch at the Boston Red Sox game. Looked very pleased to be there and why not, I'd love to visit Fenway.

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