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 1919, Cunard moved its New York express liner service from Liverpool to Southampton, and Mauretania inaugurated the route via Cherbourg when she set sail on November 18, 1919. Since that time Cunard has been building a unique and successful relationship with the city of Southampton, which has ultimately resulted in the formation of the country’s premier cruise port.

To commemorate the momentous occasion of Queen Mary 2’s Transatlantic Crossing we will host a variety of on board activities and events.

As well as a series of elaborate sailaway celebrations and a Sea City traveling exhibition on board, we will be joined by guest speakers including maritime expert Chris Frame, who will share his knowledge on the importance of this last century, Penny Legg, author of several books on the history of Southampton, and artist Robert Lloyd, who will be completing a special painting on board during the voyage.

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. 

Robert Lloyd 



After painting full time for over ten years, Robert Lloyd’s work encompasses shipping in all its forms, from Pilot Launches to Ships, Bulk Carriers, Ferries, Super Tankers, and just about everything in between.