When the Three Queens Meet - 11 August 2019


Unregistered, just back from your Cunard cruise? Get published on Cruise Critic; Write a Review!
Cunard Line

Read hundreds of Cunard Cruise Reviews from cruisers like you.

See posts about:
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
All times are GMT -4.
The time now is 01:50 AM.
#1
Florida
228 Posts
Joined Sep 2010
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!


Sent from my iPad using Forums
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
50 plus cruises: Moore McCormack, Home Lines, Windjammer Barefoot, Carnival, NCL, HAL, Princess, Celebrity, Avalon, Azamara
#2
Canada
18 Posts
Joined Jun 2016
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...


Sent from my iPad using Forums
#3
UK
4,317 Posts
Joined Jan 2009
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.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
QE - Iberia - June 2018

QE - Canaries & Madeira - October 2017
QV - Amsterdam & Bruges - June 2017
QE - Spain & Portugal - September 2016
QM2 - Hamburg - July 2016
QE - Mediterranean 16 days - August 2015
QV - Lusitania Remembered May 2015 (3 Queens Soton)
QE - Christmas markets - December 2014
QM2 - Transatlantic roundtrip via Halifax - June 2014
QM2 - Fjords - July 2013
QV - Fjords - July 2012 (3 Queens Southampton)
QE - Spring Getaway - May 2012
QE - Maiden Baltic & St Petersburg - May 2011
QV - Norwegian Wonders - July 2010
QV - Spring Getaway - April 2010
QV - Gallic Getaway - October 2009
QM2 - Iberian Odyssey - July 2009
QM2 - Hamburg - August 2008
#4
Florida
228 Posts
Joined Sep 2010
Thank you for replying. This is helpful with making our decision.


Sent from my iPad using Forums
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
50 plus cruises: Moore McCormack, Home Lines, Windjammer Barefoot, Carnival, NCL, HAL, Princess, Celebrity, Avalon, Azamara
#5
Fort Worth, TX (via Melbourne, Australia)
54 Posts
Joined Feb 2018
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.
#6
Iowa
1,671 Posts
Joined Mar 2010
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?
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
John

"There’s nothing―absolutely nothing―half so much worth doing as messing about in boats." ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind In The Willows

CroisiEurope Douce France, Rhine River (2004) ... Queen Mary 2, Transatlantic (2005, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018) ... Queen Elizabeth 2, Norwegian Wonders (2008) ... Island Princess, Panama Canal (2008) ... Queen Victoria, Gallic Getaway (2009) ... Norwegian Epic, Eastern Caribbean (2010) ... Brilliance of the Seas, Suez Canal (2011) ... Queen Elizabeth, Eastern Mediterranean (2012) ... Maasdam, Canada and New England (2013) ... Queen Mary 2, Caribbean Fiesta (2013) ... Serenade of the Seas, Baltic (2017) ... Queen Mary 2, Norway Fjords (2018)


#7
UK
4,317 Posts
Joined Jan 2009
Thank you for posting that list. I just remembered we were also on the QV on 3rd May 2015 for the Lusitania Remembered voyage.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
QE - Iberia - June 2018

QE - Canaries & Madeira - October 2017
QV - Amsterdam & Bruges - June 2017
QE - Spain & Portugal - September 2016
QM2 - Hamburg - July 2016
QE - Mediterranean 16 days - August 2015
QV - Lusitania Remembered May 2015 (3 Queens Soton)
QE - Christmas markets - December 2014
QM2 - Transatlantic roundtrip via Halifax - June 2014
QM2 - Fjords - July 2013
QV - Fjords - July 2012 (3 Queens Southampton)
QE - Spring Getaway - May 2012
QE - Maiden Baltic & St Petersburg - May 2011
QV - Norwegian Wonders - July 2010
QV - Spring Getaway - April 2010
QV - Gallic Getaway - October 2009
QM2 - Iberian Odyssey - July 2009
QM2 - Hamburg - August 2008
#8
Iowa
1,671 Posts
Joined Mar 2010
Originally posted by Ray66
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.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
John

"There’s nothing―absolutely nothing―half so much worth doing as messing about in boats." ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind In The Willows

CroisiEurope Douce France, Rhine River (2004) ... Queen Mary 2, Transatlantic (2005, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018) ... Queen Elizabeth 2, Norwegian Wonders (2008) ... Island Princess, Panama Canal (2008) ... Queen Victoria, Gallic Getaway (2009) ... Norwegian Epic, Eastern Caribbean (2010) ... Brilliance of the Seas, Suez Canal (2011) ... Queen Elizabeth, Eastern Mediterranean (2012) ... Maasdam, Canada and New England (2013) ... Queen Mary 2, Caribbean Fiesta (2013) ... Serenade of the Seas, Baltic (2017) ... Queen Mary 2, Norway Fjords (2018)


#9
Vale of Glamorgan
4,380 Posts
Joined Aug 2007
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 !
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Email - [email protected]

If contacting me via email, please include your Cruise Critic user name and be patient, I do not have full time access to this mailbox and I am in a different time zone to many of you !
#11
Iowa
1,671 Posts
Joined Mar 2010
Originally posted by Host Hattie
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.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
John

"There’s nothing―absolutely nothing―half so much worth doing as messing about in boats." ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind In The Willows

CroisiEurope Douce France, Rhine River (2004) ... Queen Mary 2, Transatlantic (2005, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018) ... Queen Elizabeth 2, Norwegian Wonders (2008) ... Island Princess, Panama Canal (2008) ... Queen Victoria, Gallic Getaway (2009) ... Norwegian Epic, Eastern Caribbean (2010) ... Brilliance of the Seas, Suez Canal (2011) ... Queen Elizabeth, Eastern Mediterranean (2012) ... Maasdam, Canada and New England (2013) ... Queen Mary 2, Caribbean Fiesta (2013) ... Serenade of the Seas, Baltic (2017) ... Queen Mary 2, Norway Fjords (2018)


#12
Florida
228 Posts
Joined Sep 2010
Awesome photo! Even if nothing “special “ is planned, I think just seeing them all together would be special enough! Thanks again for the responses.


Sent from my iPad using Forums
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
50 plus cruises: Moore McCormack, Home Lines, Windjammer Barefoot, Carnival, NCL, HAL, Princess, Celebrity, Avalon, Azamara
#13
Johannesburg, South Africa
23 Posts
Joined Apr 2016
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!
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 13221438_1694391194159299_8273508774341216139_n.jpg (74.9 KB, 26 views)
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
QV 2012 - Southampton to Hamburg
QE 2014 - Rome to Rome
QV 2016 - Cape Town to Southampton
#14
Iowa
1,671 Posts
Joined Mar 2010
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.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
John

"There’s nothing―absolutely nothing―half so much worth doing as messing about in boats." ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind In The Willows

CroisiEurope Douce France, Rhine River (2004) ... Queen Mary 2, Transatlantic (2005, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018) ... Queen Elizabeth 2, Norwegian Wonders (2008) ... Island Princess, Panama Canal (2008) ... Queen Victoria, Gallic Getaway (2009) ... Norwegian Epic, Eastern Caribbean (2010) ... Brilliance of the Seas, Suez Canal (2011) ... Queen Elizabeth, Eastern Mediterranean (2012) ... Maasdam, Canada and New England (2013) ... Queen Mary 2, Caribbean Fiesta (2013) ... Serenade of the Seas, Baltic (2017) ... Queen Mary 2, Norway Fjords (2018)


#15
UK
4,317 Posts
Joined Jan 2009
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.


The QM2 then followed us
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
QE - Iberia - June 2018

QE - Canaries & Madeira - October 2017
QV - Amsterdam & Bruges - June 2017
QE - Spain & Portugal - September 2016
QM2 - Hamburg - July 2016
QE - Mediterranean 16 days - August 2015
QV - Lusitania Remembered May 2015 (3 Queens Soton)
QE - Christmas markets - December 2014
QM2 - Transatlantic roundtrip via Halifax - June 2014
QM2 - Fjords - July 2013
QV - Fjords - July 2012 (3 Queens Southampton)
QE - Spring Getaway - May 2012
QE - Maiden Baltic & St Petersburg - May 2011
QV - Norwegian Wonders - July 2010
QV - Spring Getaway - April 2010
QV - Gallic Getaway - October 2009
QM2 - Iberian Odyssey - July 2009
QM2 - Hamburg - August 2008
#16
Vale of Glamorgan
4,380 Posts
Joined Aug 2007
Love that clip, thank you for posting it.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Email - [email protected]

If contacting me via email, please include your Cruise Critic user name and be patient, I do not have full time access to this mailbox and I am in a different time zone to many of you !
#17
30 Posts
Joined Apr 2012
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?