How to Follow Along with the Queen Mary 2's 10th Anniversary Voyage
There's more than one way to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Although flights between New York and London fly nearly hourly, a far more rarified experience is to travel between continents via ocean liner. It's hardly a thing of the past; Cunard's three ships regularly feature transatlantic itineraries of seven days at sea. In fact, we're aboard one at this very moment.
Today is especially important, as the voyage begins what is...
... The 10th Anniversary transatlantic crossing of the Queen Mary 2
... A rare rendezvous in Southampton for all three Cunard ships: Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth. This is a grand send-off to the QM2 on her anniversary, complete with a 10-minute fireworks departure (one minute for each year of service so far), and an early preview of the excitement for next year, which will mark the 175th for Cunard Line.
... A royal visit. HRH The Duke of Edinburgh will preside at the anniversary ceremony onboard the QM2. You may know him better as Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, who herself christened the ship in 2004.
... The lead-up for another big event, next week. On May 16, when the QM2 arrives into New York Harbour, she will turn around and leave again, back across the ocean for Southampton, completing a round-trip anniversary. New Yorkers can watch her leave in the evening of May 16. Best views can be had from the Staten Island Ferry or Red Hook, Brooklyn.
We may be out at sea, but satellite WiFi means we're still in touch:
· Follow us on Twitter:
@Jaunted is the name and tweeting breaking travel news and photos is our game. Where there's satellite internet, we'll be there. You can also follow Cunard's official hashtag #3Queens for when all three ships are together, later today during their fireworks rendezvous in Southampton.
· Catch our original outtakes on Instagram:
Check out @Jaunted, and our editor, @JetSetCD.
· Watch the livecam from the ship's bridge: Positioned with a prime view over the ship's bow, the webcam shows sea and weather conditions.
· Follow our position across the ocean: Watch the ship move on Google Maps by clicking the "View Itinerary" box 1/3 of the way down her official website, or check out the map on Seascanner. In addition, the ship is independently monitored on Twitter, where her position is tweeted via the @RMSQueenMary2 account.
· Stay tuned to Jaunted.com:
Expect photo galleries and more, starting next week.
Above: the three Cunard ships (Queen Mary 2 at center) pictured sailing together for the first time from Lisbon to Southampton, only a few days ago
We're sailing as a guest of Cunard, but had planned to do it anyway. All photos (unless noted) and opinions are completely our own.
[Photos: James Morgan Photographic Consultancy, Jaunted, James Morgan Photographic Consultancy]