Issue Date: 13/01/2011
Issue Name: Cunard - The Three Queens Meeting in New York - Queen Elizabeth Carried Cov
Producer: Buckingham Covers
For most the sight of just one Cunard liner is enough to amaze. Imagine, then, the spectacle on 13th January, 2011, when not one but three Cunard liners met in New York. Cunard's flagship liner Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria sailed alongside each other under the shadow of the Statue of Liberty, and made it only the second time in Cunard's 171 year history that the three Queens have been docked at the same time in New York. Crowds flocked, despite the freezing weather, to watch a suitably regal send-off, including a 21-gun firework salute, while each liner made it's way onto their respecive voyage.
To celebrate the 'royal' rendevous of the three Cunard ocean liners, we have teamed up with Cunard to produce these official and limited edition commemorative covers, which have been carried on the Queen Mary 2 for the rendevous. Limited editions have been signed by Captain Julian Burgess, who captained Queen Mary 2, and have been carried on board Queen Mary 2 on the rendevous, and subsequently her maiden world voyage. This cover features a single RMS Queen Mary 2 stamp and a Southampton postmark (the day of the rendevouz) (13th May, 2011), and has been doubled with a US stamp and New York cachet, and features a "Carried Aboard Queen Mary 2" cachet.
The latest in a long line of superbly luxurious Cunard cruise liners recalling the rich heritage of the first Cunarder to bear the name, the Queen Elizabeth offers the very best of Cunard's values and traditions, blended with every conceivable modern luxury that today's discerning travellers expect. Through her opulent public rooms and impeccable service, the new ship reflects the grandeur, which has been associated with Cunard ships since the introduction of the Mauretania in 1907.
The 92,000-ton liner was constructed by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri at their Manfalcone yard. Her black hull, gleaming white superstructure and distinctive red funnel echo the classic characteristics of the company's distinctive liner heritage. Queen Elibzabeth is the second largest Cunarder ever built and on joining her sister ships Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria in October 2010, she is part of the Youngest Fleet in the World.
After completing her maiden voyages around the Mediterranean, Queen Elizabeth crosses the Atlantic to New York in tandem with the Queen Victoria, arriving on 13 Jan when they meet up with Queen Mary 2 before embarking on her Maiden World Voyage in early 2011.