Monday, 5 October 2009

Welcome the only seagoing Transtlantic Liner aboard the only seagoing Paddle Steamer!

Cunard's flagship Queen Mary 2 will visit the Clyde for the first time on Monday 19th October. The 150,000grt vessel is the first true Transatlantic Ocean Liner built since QE2 and is now the only one after the latter's retirement from the Cunard fleet last November.

To mark her 5th year in service Queen Mary 2 is taking a round UK cruise and will make a few first calls at UK ports including Greenock.

Queen Mary 2 will arrive at Greenock Ocean Terminal at 8am and will leave again at 6.30pm amidst a firework display - this time is later than the originally scheduled 6.15pm departure to allow for the fireworks.

Waverley will leave Glasgow at 11am on a cruise taking her past the Queen Mary 2 affording her passengers good views of the giant vessel (and QM2's passengers who dont go ashore for the day good views of Waverley!) returning to Glasgow at 3pm. There is an evening cruise leaving Glasgow at 4pm and Greenock at 5.40pm to escort QM2 down river.
Check the Waverley Excursions Website for further information and to book.

Here are some pictures taken by myself on a Caribbean cruise on QM2 in March 2008.

Taken from one of the vessel's tenders whilst anchored off Tortola.

Queen Mary 2 alongside Celebrity Constellation at St KittsAnchored off St Lucia.

So get your tickets and join in!

Gavin Stewart