The magnificent Cunard liner MS Queen Victoria arrived this morning at the Liverpool landing stage to spend the night in the city, making her the first Cunard liner to do so since the Franconia in 1968. She is a spectacular sight down here at the waterfront and people have been flocking to see her, bowled over by her size and grandeur!
Queen Victoria departs tomorrow, marking exactly one hundred years since the Aquitania left from the same spot on her maiden voyage to New York. Aquitania was another Cunard liner that had a long and distinguished career, including being the only major liner to serve in both World Wars.
It’s always exciting to see the large ships come into Liverpool and there should be something even more exciting in the near future! Liverpool was Cunard’s home from 1840 to 1967 and so it is wonderfully fitting that for Cunard’s 175th anniversary next year the three Queens, Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary II, will all meet on the Liverpool waterfront in May. You can guarantee Maritime Museum staff will be out with their cameras once more to catch that incredible sight!
There's more information about Liverpool's historic connection to the Cunard Line in the Cunard Queens feature on our website.