Cunard & Southampton: Centenary Celebration.

Cunard will be celebrating the 100-year anniversary of moving its express liner service to Southampton in November 2019.

November 19, 2019, Queen Mary 2.

In November of 2019, Cunard will celebrate its centenary in Southampton. 

One hundred years ago, Cunard moved its New York express liner service from Liverpool to Southampton. The line’s famed Mauretania set sail on November 18, 1919, bound for New York, and since that time, Cunard has formed a longstanding and important relationship with the city of Southampton, which has ultimately resulted in the formation of the country’s premier cruise port.

To commemorate this 100th anniversary, Cunard’s current flagship, Queen Mary 2, will set sail on a celebratory Transatlantic Crossing, exactly 100 years to-the-week of Mauretania’s first Southampton call. During this voyage, Queen Mary 2 will host a variety of special on-board activities and events to pay tribute to Cunard’s relationship with Southampton.

Southampton’s Sea City Museum will be displaying a specially curated traveling exhibition on board, with items on display that reflect the long history of both Cunard and Britain’s leading maritime city. The enrichment program will feature renowned guest speakers, including Cunard expert Chris Frame, who will share his knowledge on the importance of this last century for Cunard, and Penny Legg, author of several books on the history of Southampton. 

Guests on board.

Guests on board include Chris Frame, Cunard Historian and Expert, and Penny Legg, Author, Speaker and Publisher.

Chris Frame.

Maritime Author and Historian Chris Frame has been researching Cunard since he was a boy, having first become fascinated by Cunard’s QE2. During a 1995 cruise aboard QE2, Chris became ‘hooked’ on the rich history of the most famous ocean liners in the world.

Penny Legg.

Author, historian and publisher Penny Legg is a popular public speaker with a wide repertoire of entertaining subjects, ranging from the history of Southampton and British folklore to military history and the Second World War home front.