Press Release Courtesy of Liverpool Echo

Cunard Line has released an extra 150th berths to meet the demand for its first transatlantic crossing from Liverpool since 1968.

As part of Cunard’s 175th anniversary celebrations to mark being founded in Liverpool , its giant transatlantic liner and flagship, RMS Queen Mary 2, will sail from the city to Halifax, Nova Scotia; Boston, Mass; and New York, on July 4, 2015.

Cunard Line has released an extra 150th berths to meet the demand for its first transatlantic crossing from Liverpool since 1968.

As part of Cunard’s 175th anniversary celebrations to mark being founded in Liverpool , its giant transatlantic liner and flagship, RMS Queen Mary 2, will sail from the city to Halifax, Nova Scotia; Boston, Mass; and New York, on July 4, 2015.

When Cunard’s flagship QE2 made her first visit to Liverpool one million people came to view her arrival.

“We hope that the visit of the three Queens will at least match that and be talked about in generations to come.

“I’m not surprised at the level of interest in the transatlantic voyage, given the love and affection people from Liverpool have for Cunard.

“We’d love to offer more berths from Liverpool, but in terms of a turnaround departure this is as many as we can manage.

“Passengers from Southampton and Cherbourg will want to disembark to see Liverpool, while others are embarking to sail to New York.

“Liverpool is not a port of call with us picking up a token number of passengers, we’re just working with the constraints we have with the size of the Cruise Terminal at present.”
Mr Struthers said there were no plans at present to do a repeat transatlantic voyage from Liverpool to New York.

He said: “This one has taken 18 months to organise, but it’s a case of ‘never say never’, as in 1968 Cunard suspended Liverpool – New York services – we didn’t close them.”
Mayor Joe Anderson, who co-hosted the conference, said: “I can’t think of a better place than Liverpool for Cunard to hold its 175th anniversary.

“This is Cunard’s spiritual home and we have a real fondness for the company.

“We will make the meeting of the three Queens on the Mersey the heart of our events in the city next year and build everything around it.

“We will make sure that these events match the magnificence of Cunard’s image.”
Cunard started the first scheduled ocean steamship service in 1840, its 1,100 gross ton PS Britannia sailed from Coburg Dock, Liverpool, on July 4, for Boston, Mass, with Samuel Cunard and his daughter among the 115 passengers.