March 7, 2011
We Are Cunard
Welcome to the final part of our special Blogs celebrating the first Rendezvous of Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2 in Sydney. Thank you as always for all your great comments; it was an incredible two days but reading Peter’s Blog on Friday, and your comments, certainly brought a new and very moving perspective to our Rendezvous.
It’s always great to read your comments and to hear from Cunard enthusiasts from around the world. On Queen Elizabeth we enjoy celebrating the previous Queen Elizabeths, and it’s lovely to hear about memories guests have from both ships. For fans of QE2 you may be interested in Martha Hufford’s blog which takes a nostalgic look at the longest serving Cunarder. You can find her QE2 Blog at www.linerlady.com.
Back down under and while the Remembrance Service was taking place on Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth let go of her lines and eased back out of her berth at Circular Quay. It was fantastic to see how many people in Sydney spent their lunch hour coming out to bid us farewell from the dockside and from the steps of the Sydney Opera House. As we backed out waving at the crowds, we could see our Flagship ready to salute us as we sailed out of this beautiful harbour.
As we played some great Australian music Captain Burgess expertly turned Queen Elizabeth so that she had the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge behind her as she headed out of the harbour.
The decks were lined with guests and crew admiring the view and soaking up the wonderful atmosphere. It’s not often you get to be able to take a photo like this:
As we passed Fort Denison there was another tremendous photo opportunity with one of Sydney’s many ferries alongside us, putting our enormous size in to perspective:
And then Queen Mary 2 came in to view and the two sisters started exchanging whistles, much to the delight of guests on both ships and the many locals on craft around us as well as on the shore line.
Meanwhile I was delighted to receive some photos from Queen Mary 2, and of course they had a wonderful view of the latest Cunarder heading on her way that afternoon.
And here she is again coming in to full view as the horns and whistles blew:
And then as Queen Elizabeth headed out of the harbour, there was an opportunity for one last glimpse of Queen Mary 2, still making a beautiful impression on the Sydney skyline. It was the last time the sisters were in port together until they meet again in Civitavecchia (the port for Rome) on 13April near the end of their World Voyages.
Later that afternoon Queen Mary 2 headed south to New Zealand by which time Queen Elizabeth was already well on her way to Melbourne. After a day at sea she arrived in the capital of the state of Victoria, and we were lucky that James Morgan, who had taken so many fantastic photos of the Rendezvous in Sydney, was there to capture Queen Elizabeth’s arrival.
What a beautiful picture of our Queen. Here is another great photo as Queen Elizabeth came along side her berth for the day’s visit, and despite the early arrival, you can see there were plenty of guests enjoying the moment on their balconies.
Well, that’s it for this Blog but I’ll be back soon with news of Cunard’s Star of the Year as well as a guest Blog from Queen Victoria’s meeting with Queen Mary, and lots of other news from around the fleet including the 2011 World Voyages. Cheers for now, Alastair