May 31, 2012
Posted in: News
The countdown is on and it’s just 5 days until our Three Queens meet in Southampton for the first time ever, in celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Whether you are sailing into Southampton on 5 June, departing in the evening, visiting Southampton for the day or following us online, we’ve got all of the information you will need to make the most of the special day!
Early on Tuesday morning Queen Victoria, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth will sail in single file up the Solent and into Southampton. The best local vantage points can be seen on the map here, with the first viewings expected at 3.25am from Ryde, Isle of Wight. Our Social Media team will be out on a ferry photographing the arrival, so keep an eye out for photos on facebook and twitter in the morning.
From 8am through to midnight we will be broadcasting Cunard FM live from our office in Southampton, the station will be played on board all three ships and can be picked up on 87.7 FM up to 3km from Carnival House (SO15 1ST). There will be music throughout the day as well as interviews with celebrities, guests and visitors. So if you are on board or watching from Southampton on the day, look our for our roving reporter for your chance to be broadcast to our listeners. Entertainment Director Keith Maynard will be presenting the highlights of the evening and will be reading out your facebook posts and tweets, use the hashtag #3Queens to have your message mentioned live on air!
At 6.20pm the Red Arrows will be performing a full display over the three ships, flying over the length of the docks with a focus over Marchwood Pier. There will be a live commentary of the display from Squadron leader Mike Ling on Cunard FM.
For those of you who are in Southampton on the day, there will be a free event in the Mayflower Park from 12pm until 11pm hosted by Voice FM. There will be a host of live music and entertainment performances, a funfair and food stalls.
If you are sailing on 5 June and concerned about dining times during the Red Arrows display:
First seating will be opening at 6pm and accepting diners up until 7pm.
Second seating doors will open at 8.30pm.
Kings Court and the Lido restaurant will be open as usual, should you prefer a quicker meal.
On 6 June there will be a celebratory dinner in the evening, with a special menu, we’re keeping the food under wraps but here’s a sneak peek at the cover:
Between 10.20pm and 10.35pm there will be a spectacular fireworks display over the three ships by the City Terminal, music will be played during the display on Cunard FM and will be heard across the decks on board. This will be a great photo opportunity as the Queens will reposition to be closer together in preparation for their departure. The best places to view the fireworks will be Town Quay and Hythe Marina, Southampton.
After the firework display the ships are scheduled to depart Southampton at 11pm. They will sail from the City Terminal with Queen Mary 2 leading the way, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth will then follow out as they head for their Northern Europe, Mediterranean and Baltic voyages.
On the Jubilee voyages speakers with strong royal connections will be part of the Cunard Insights programme, including Royal Commentators Jennie Bond (Queen Mary 2) and Robert Jobson (Queen Elizabeth) and one of Her Majesty’s Counsel in Scotland Prof. Kerrigan QC (Queen Victoria).
A rare collection of Royal Artworks will be on board, including original watercolours by HRH Prince Charles, lithographs of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, photographs by Lord Snowdon. Limited edition prints of the official Diamond Jubilee photos by John Swannell will also be hung on board each Cunard ship.
If Port is your tipple, here’s a great chance to try a limited edition. A special edition of Graham’s 1952 Finest Old Tawny Port has been approved by the Palace to celebrate Her Majesty’s 60 years on the throne. Only 1000 have been especially bottled for the occasion and we will have 3 bottles on board each vessel from 5 June.
There will be lots going on to celebrate the Jubilee, both on board and in Southampton. If you’re getting involved with any of the events we would love to see your photos and share them here on the blog. So, tweet us, post on our facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll post a selection of photos here next week.
Enjoy the celebrations!