So the day has finally come – CruiseDeals is proud to reveal the 2015 cruise details for Cunard’s 175th anniversary! Faithful followers of the blog will remember that we already whetted your appetite back in January, as the historic British-American cruise line announced exciting plans for Cunard’s spiritual home of Liverpool next summer, as well as some historic cruise sailings. Now armed with the full scoop, we give you 5 great reasons why you should join in the celebrations…
Become part of the history
Second only to P&O Cruises in the history stakes, Cunard is one of the oldest cruise lines in the world and on 4th July 2015, the Queen Mary 2 will set sail from Liverpool, exactly 175 years to the day since the company’s first maiden voyage to America. It is worth booking a place on the historic voyage for this reason alone, but this will additionally be the first transatlantic crossing made by Cunard from Liverpool in 50 years.
Bookings go on sale for Platinum and Diamond World Club members on 11 March 2014, with reservations available to all from 13th March, but you can pre-register your interest right now! Those on board will get the chance to return to the birthplace of company founder, Samuel Cunard – disembarking at Halifax in Nova Scotia before heading on to be greeted by the good folk of Boston and New York.
Salute Liverpool’s roots
The city of Liverpool is rightly proud of its shipping connections and Cunard is one of its finest exports. The Cunard Building at Liverpool Pier provided the headquarters for the company for more than 100 years and it still forms part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Liverpool’s Albert Docks today. Since the Cunard story officially began in Liverpool, celebrating the company’s 175thanniversary in the city is the perfect way to see maritime history literally come to life.
See the Three Queens
Cunard has a fleet more special than most and all eyes in the cruise industry will be focused on Liverpool in 2015 as Cunard’s three flagships sail together on the River Mersey for the first time ever on the 25th May, marking the run-up to Cunard’s 175th anniversary. It’s an unprecedented opportunity to see the ‘Three Queens’ in action – complete with their distinctive red and black livery – even if you’re not getting on board!
Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria will all be scheduled with special anniversary sailings throughout May 2015, including trips around the British Isles, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.
Commemorate the Lusitania
Amid all the excitement, there’s a chance to pause and reflect on the sadder notes in Cunard’s history. 7th May 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the last voyage of the Lusitania, a passenger ship that was sunk by German naval forces during World War I. To commemorate the lives that were lost that day, the Queen Victoria will be making a special stop at Cobh, a port town in County Cork, Ireland, where memorial ceremonies will be held. Guests will be able to attend this poignant call on a journey that also takes in Dublin, Le Havre (Paris) and St Peter Port on Guernsey.
Your pick of the ports
Cunard has sailed to some fascinating ports in its time, and today’s cruises take in routes all over the world, including destinations as far-flung as the Islands of South Pacific, and the jewel of the Middle East, Dubai. 2015’s anniversary cruises are no less varied, allowing guests to not only sample the best of the British Isles, but also Norway’s stylish capital, Oslo, and the majestic city of St Petersburg, situated on the Volga River. And of course, those who take part in the historic transatlantic voyage can look forward to all the whirlwind sights and sounds of New York.
If you would like more details on specific itineraries and ports of call, check out the CruiseDeals’ main website to see Cunard’s special anniversary sailings for 2015! Prices start from £2,249pp for the Queen Mary 2’s transatlantic crossing, while you can reserve a place on the other commemorative cruises from £799pp.