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Queen Mary 2 offers assistance to the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal

February 28, 2011

We Are Cunard

Posted in: Queen Mary 2, Updates

David Stephenson

Hotel Manager

Queen Mary 2


Shocked by the severity of the earthquake in Christchurch New Zealand, and coupled with the fact that Queen Mary 2 was due to call in the port of Lyttelton on her 2011 World Cruise two days after the quake struck. The ship’s company have felt connected to the misfortune that has beset this beautiful area on the South Island, and wanted to do something to help.

Of course the ship’s call in Lyttelton was no longer an option for our guest so a call in Wellington was hastily arranged and successfully executed, so for the guest’s time in New Zealand was unaffected.  To show the ship’s support for the people of Christchurch Queen Mary 2 donated 4,900 bottles of water to the relief agency.

The picture below shows Peter Shanks and Commodore Warner handing the consignment over to Captain Charles Smith the Marine Services Manager for the Port of Wellington who kindly arranged shipment to Christchurch through the New Zealand Navy.

  1. Chris & Margaret Rose says:

    Hi Alistair,
    What an excellent donation.
    The sad news of the earthquake in Christchurch has touched the whole world
    and has featured in all main media here in Florida.
    Very best regards

  2. Beryl Moss says:

    Well Done Cunard on your assistance in the wake of the devastating earthquake.

  3. Manfred Müller says:

    Hi David,
    what a great gesture of the greatest ship afloat. This surely will be appreciated by the New Zealanders. Cunard stays something special.
    Kindest regards to Mr. Shanks, the Commodore and Jonathan.
    Manfred, Hamburg Immigration

  4. Bill and Kath walker says:

    Both the QM2 and Christchurch are special to us in different ways.

    It was very touching that the great ship should help Christchurch at its hour of need.

  5. Judith Sayers says:

    Well done Cunard, we all hope the ships can go to Lyttleton again in the future.

  6. Ann 'wilkinson says:

    Hi Alistair

    Cunard always the best, what a lovely thought to give water to the people of the of the disaster in Christchurch.
    I have friends in Christchurch and just hope they are ok.
    See you in September on the round britain.
    Sincerely thoughts to Christchurch
    Best weishes

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