A royal celebration
Cunard marks its 175th anniversary with a transatlantic cruise
Cunard’s first transatlantic crossing from Liverpool to Boston was 175 years ago on July 4, 1840. The British cruise line’s first ship, Britannia, was a little wooden paddle steamer that carried 115 first-class passengers, 89 crew, the Atlantic mail, chickens, a cow for milk and three cats to keep the rats down. Halifax-born Samuel Cunard and his daughter Britannia joined the 14-day trip. This summer, the Queen Mary 2 will leave Southampton on July 2 and then Liverpool on July 4 for that same Halifax and Boston voyage, but it’ll continue to NYC as a bonus. The 12-day trip starts at $2858 per person (plus taxes and fees). Cunard’s anniversary celebrations begin on May 3 when the cruise line’s three ships, the Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria, will be in their home port in Southampton. On May 25, they’ll meet on the Mersey in Liverpool for a choreographed show. tel: (800) 728-6273; cunard.com/cruise-types/anniversary-cruises-2015.
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