December 30, 2010
We Are Cunard
Posted in: Updates
As we come to the end of an amazing and very busy year at Cunard, the plans are all set for New Year’s Eve on our Queens. Queen Mary 2 is in St Thomas today and will be celebrating New Year’s Eve heading north to New York, while Queen Elizabeth will be at sea on her way to the Azores as the New Year begins. Queen Victoria will be in the wonderful port of Madeira where there’ll be a stunning firework display as she sets sail shortly after midnight.
Then on New Year’s Day while everyone recovers after all the parties on board and ashore, another celebration in California will begin. More of that after This week in Cunard’s History for the week from 29 December to 5 January:
|30 December 1964||
The contract to build QE2 is signed between Cunard and John Brown Shipyard. The project is known as Q4
|30 December 2007||
Queen Victoria makes her maiden call to Gran Canaria
|1 January 1934||
Cunard White Star formed under the control of the Cunard Steamship Company to operate the transatlantic fleets of both companies.
|4 January 1949||
Caronia embarks on her Maiden Voyage to New York. She leaves at 3.00pm and arrives at Cherbourg at 8.30pm that night before leaving for New York. She becomes known as the ‘Green Goddess’ because of the colour of her hull.
|4 January 1975||
QE2 sails from Southampton on her first World Voyage – a journey of 38,000 miles
|5 January 1841||
Cunard’s fourth ship Columbia begins her maiden voyage
|5 January 2010||
The Float Out Ceremony Of Queen Elizabeth takes place at the Fincantieri Shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. The Madrina is Florence (Dennie) Farmer whose husband Willie had served as Chief Engineer on both the original Queen Elizabeth and QE2. Three coins are welded to the bulkhead on the Games Deck (representing the year of each Queen Elizabeth’s launch), and a bottle of Italian Prossecco is smashed against the ship’s hull before the dry dock gates are opened for her to move to her outfitting dock.
In this special Blog I wanted to update you on the Cunard Float, A Grand Celebration at Sea, that will take pride of place on Saturday’s New Year’s Day Rose Parade. You may remember we posted a Blog about it on 29November:
Now with just two days to go we are very excited about the debut of Cunard’s inaugural float, A Grand Celebration at Sea, in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade presented by Honda. In a longstanding American tradition, the Rose Parade is in its 122nd year and has been called “America’s New Year’s Celebration.” Featuring world-class florally magnificent floats, equestrian units and marching bands from throughout the United States, the parade is broadcast to more than 50 million viewers in 220 countries and more than 20 languages worldwide, so hopefully you’ll be able to find coverage of the event wherever you are.
This year’s Rose Parade theme is “Building Dreams, Friendships and Memories,” and it perfectly connects to Cunard’s 170-year history and the notion that friendships and memories are created by our guests from around the world through the experience of sailing with Cunard.
Preparations for this grand celebration are well underway as float designer Raul Rodriguez and the crew at Fiesta Parade Floats bring to life the spectacular Cunard float. Recently, she went for her second and last test run before debuting on the streets of Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California on New Year’s Day.
You’ll be excited to hear that there is a follow up Vlog on the float’s progress, and in it Brian O’ Connor, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Cunard North America, gives us a preview of our first Rose Parade float.
Terry, a journalist and photographer for The Pasadena Independent newspaper in California, also shares his passion for Cunard, which truly celebrates this year’s Rose Parade theme and our Cunard heritage. As a young boy, Terry emigrated to the United States from Britain with his family aboard the original Queen Mary. He remembers his journey fondly and shares his story and some memorable photos with fellow Cunarders:
I’ll be bringing you pictures from Queen Elizabeth’s first Christmas Day next week and, as promised I’ll post Deputy Captain Andrew Hall’s final instalment of Queen Victoria’s recent refit in Hamburg. Cheers for now, Alastair