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jkadventures April 15th, 2018 06:52 PM

When the Three Queens Meet - 11 August 2019
 
Hi Cunard Regulars - we are contemplating a crossing on the QM2 after our QV voyage ending 11 August 2019 and we see all three Queens will be in Southampton. Will there be special festivities that should not be missed? Our other option is to fly home the same day as our voyage ends.
Thanks!


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Radar boomer April 15th, 2018 07:19 PM

Following...we are on QM2 from NYC arriving in Southampton Aug 10th, then leaving on Queen Elizabeth so will have the opportunity to both arrive and leave with all 3. All I could find was a local tour for people to watch the 3 leave in the evening...


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Ray66 April 15th, 2018 07:23 PM

The three Queens have met in Southampton a few times. We were on the QV in July 2012 on such an occasion. Nothing special happened. We were given Union Jacks to wave out on deck but that was about it.
There was a helicopter overhead taking photos/videos.

jkadventures April 15th, 2018 09:17 PM

Thank you for replying. This is helpful with making our decision.


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onehappystudio April 16th, 2018 04:15 PM

I'm on a QM TA Crossing (onbound to Hamburg); it arrives in Southampton on August 10 this year. The other two Queens will also be in Southampton that day. I hadn't realized how rare of an occurrence this is.

bluemarble April 16th, 2018 05:37 PM

As a research exercise (along the lines of other such exercises some of you will recall I've undertaken here before), here is what I have come up with for a list of all the times the current three queens have met or are scheduled to meet.

13 Jan 2011 - New York City

05 Jun 2012 - Southampton
12 Jul 2012 - Southampton

06 May 2014 - Lisbon
09 May 2014 - Southampton

03 May 2015 - Southampton
25 May 2015 - Liverpool

10 Jan 2016 - Southampton
10 May 2016 - Southampton
23 Jun 2016 - Southampton

10 Aug 2018 - Southampton

11 Aug 2019 - Southampton

Please check my work. Have I missed any or gotten any of these wrong?

Ray66 April 16th, 2018 07:29 PM

Thank you for posting that list. I just remembered we were also on the QV on 3rd May 2015 for the Lusitania Remembered voyage.

bluemarble April 16th, 2018 07:58 PM

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Originally Posted by Ray66 (Post 55855778)
Thank you for posting that list. I just remembered we were also on the QV on 3rd May 2015 for the Lusitania Remembered voyage.

You're welcome. The best I can say is we were on QM2 for her arrival in Southampton for a 'two queens meet' the first time QM2 and QE met on 8th Nov 2010. QM2 arrived first, very early that morning as usual. We awoke to an exchange of whistle blasts from both ships as QE sailed past QM2 upon her arrival a bit later but still very early that morning.

Host Hattie April 17th, 2018 03:02 AM

Great list thanks, nothing last year then ?
I have been on QM2 for 2 of those, the weather wasn't very cooperative in June 2012 for the Jubilee, the Red Arrows couldn't fly and most of the fireworks disappeared into the clouds.
Liverpool in 2015 was a bit more successful !

BigMac1953 April 17th, 2018 03:48 AM

3 Queens in Lisbon 2014:

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/Fl...w1574-h1180-no

bluemarble April 17th, 2018 10:00 AM

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Originally Posted by Host Hattie (Post 55858212)
Great list thanks, nothing last year then ?
I have been on QM2 for 2 of those, the weather wasn't very cooperative in June 2012 for the Jubilee, the Red Arrows couldn't fly and most of the fireworks disappeared into the clouds.
Liverpool in 2015 was a bit more successful !

No, nothing in 2017 that I could find anyway.

To answer the OP's question, whether anything special is planned for a three queens meet appears to come down to whether there is some particular occasion to celebrate. For the June 2012 meet, it was the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. For the May 2015 meet in Liverpool, it was Cunard's 175th anniversary. For the January 2016 meet, there were fireworks to send off all three queens on their world voyages. Not sure if Cunard has come up with any particular occasions to celebrate in 2018 or 2019.

jkadventures April 17th, 2018 10:25 AM

Awesome photo! Even if nothing “special “ is planned, I think just seeing them all together would be special enough! Thanks again for the responses.


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BJLord April 17th, 2018 02:31 PM

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The day before our arrival in Southampton on 10 May 2016 our Daily Program on the QV for the 9th advised that we would meet up with QM2 and QE in the Bay of Biscay and sail in formation all the way into Southampton. Despite great excitement and anticipation throughout the day the planned meet-up never occurred that day or even during the night and our first sighting of the other two Queens was in the port itself at about 5:00am. What went wrong we never found out but that daily program held us in anticipation for a disappointing 24 hours!

bluemarble April 17th, 2018 05:14 PM

There's a typo in my previous list of three queens meeting dates. The July meeting in 2012 was on 13 July. Here is a corrected list of the dates.

13 Jan 2011 - New York City

05 Jun 2012 - Southampton
13 Jul 2012 - Southampton

06 May 2014 - Lisbon
09 May 2014 - Southampton

03 May 2015 - Southampton
25 May 2015 - Liverpool

10 Jan 2016 - Southampton
10 May 2016 - Southampton
23 Jun 2016 - Southampton

10 Aug 2018 - Southampton

11 Aug 2019 - Southampton

The occasion Cunard came up with for the 09 May 2014 meeting in Southampton was to celebrate QM2's 10th birthday. Here is a wonderful youtube video clip from that celebration I hadn't seen before. I think you'll enjoy it too if you haven't seen it.

Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria play 'Happy Birthday' to Queen Mary 2

There are plenty more videos from other meetings of the three queens available on youtube for those who are interested. I was able to find at least one video for each of them.

Ray66 April 17th, 2018 07:24 PM

Yes, it was 13th July.
We were on the QV and this was taken as we sailed past QM2, with the QE in the background having left first.
http://oi65.tinypic.com/2i0ygr9.jpg

The QM2 then followed us
http://oi63.tinypic.com/2gt2res.jpg

Host Hattie April 18th, 2018 12:43 PM

Love that clip, thank you for posting it.

Liberal_Baggie April 19th, 2018 04:33 PM

Mom Janet, Elaine and I will be on Queen Victoria on 10th August. All three Queens are in Southampton that Friday and all Three are heading off Eastbound towards Hamburg and Norway.:) Different destinations but it might be possible that Cunard will do a bit of a celebration thingy? Anyone in the know? chance to wave some flags around and have a nice sailaway in any case.Maybe a bit of dancing queens?


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