October 1, 2010

Cunard takes delivery of Queen Elizabeth


Cunard Line has taken delivery of Queen Elizabeth – the second largest Cunarder ever and the third new liner the company has built in six years.

The Handover Ceremony took place today on board the new 92,400-ton vessel at the Fincantieri Monfalcone shipyard. The event included a speech by Cunard President and Managing Director Peter Shanks. The Italian flag was ceremonially lowered and the Red Ensign was raised. And so another magnificent Cunard liner will enter the Register of British Shipping.

Peter Shanks commented after the ceremony:

“This ceremony to mark the completion of the ship, and our acceptance of delivery, is just the first of a number of significant events over the next few weeks – including the ship’s official naming by Her Majesty The Queen in Southampton on Monday 11 October. I’m certain the British will take this truly magnificent ship to their hearts, as they have all the Cunard Queens”.

Queen Elizabeth is due to leave the shipyard on 30 September, and sail to Southampton – where she will berth at the Ocean Cruise Terminal on Friday 8 October.

She will depart on her Maiden Voyage at 1700 hours on Tuesday 12 October.

Enjoy a series of events in Southampton from 9 – 11 October to celebrate the naming of Cunard’s newest cruise liner Queen Elizabeth.

Witness Guildhall Square come alive with Elizabethan charm across the weekend and find out what special displays and activities are taking place at the museums. The weekend culminates on Monday 11 October with a free live broadcast on a big screen in Guildhall Square of the ship naming by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Elizabethan Experience: Guildhall Square
Sat 9 October 11am – 5pm and Sun 10 October 11am – 4pm
Drop in to Guildhall Square and let Groundlings Theatre Company take you back in time in this free theatrical experience with lots of audience participation.

Live Broadcast of the Naming Ceremony of Queen Elizabeth: Guildhall Square
Monday 11 October from 3.25pm

Watch Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II name this glorious ship and enjoy the ceremonial events broadcast live on a big screen in the newly refurbished Guildhall Square.

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