Aboard Cunard’s Queen Mary 2
Queen Mary 2 sailed from Liverpool toward North America on July 4, exactly 175 years (and about 8 hours) after the first passenger voyage across the Atlantic by the line that became known as Cunard.
The company was the first to offer a scheduled transatlantic service, and now, 175 years later, it is the last, without competition.
This Queen Mary 2 cruise, ending in New York on July 14, is a celebration of those 175 years, with pomp, pageantry, and some 2,600 passengers caught up in the moment, waving flags, cheering, and toasting an anniversary that has sparked interest throughout the United Kingdom. In May, an estimated 1.3 million people turned out in Liverpool for graceful maneuvers on the river Mersey by Cunard’s three ships, the Queens Victoria, Elizabeth and Mary 2.