Home' CruisePassenger : Cruise Passenger 59 Contents 14 www.cruisepassenger.com.au
CRUISE NEWS: ANNIVERSARIES
‘Lindblad anticipates that the hot
spots for the next few years will be the
remoter parts of the South Pacific.’
CUNARD: 175 YEARS
On July 4, 1840, Cunard’s first ship,
Britannia, set sail from Liverpool bound for
Halifax and Boston and its grand vessels
have been crossing the Atlantic ever since.
In 1922 Cunard introduced its famous
World Cruise itineraries and since then
it has carried more passengers around the
world than any other line. 2015 will be a
huge year of celebrations for the line and it
is marking the momentous occasion with
festivities around the world.
All three Cunard ships started the 2015
season with a World Cruise voyage.
Australia hosted one of the first official
anniversary celebrations on March 12
when thousands of Sydneysiders lined
the foreshore to witness Queen Mary 2
and Queen Victoria’s Royal Rendezvous
on Sydney Harbour. Meanwhile Queen
Elizabeth is circumnavigating the globe
and the three sister ships will line up at
Southampton together on May 3 before
departing in formation for separate cruises.
Celebrations will strike a sombre
note when Queen Victoria makes a
commemorative voyage to mark the 100th
anniversary of the sinking of Lusitania on
May 7 with a shore ser vice to be held at
But the real party will be in Liverpool,
Cunard’s home for 127 years. On May 25
the three Queens are scheduled to meet on
the city’s Mersey River for the first time.
The historic event is expected to draw huge
crowds. Then, on July 4, exactly 175 years
after the first sailing, the flagship Queen
Mary 2 will depart Liverpool to recreate
Britannia’s journey, stopping at Halifax and
Boston before sailing into New York. Expect
a party atmosphere with special events on all
three ships throughout the year.
If there’s one thing cruise lines
know how to do, it’s celebrate.
And 2015 is going to be a
bumper year as four luxury lines
mark major milestones.
Lucy Jones reports.
PRINCESS CRUISES: 50 YEARS
Princess Cruises began in 1965 with just
a single ship but has now grown to be the
third largest cruise line in the world. It
is marking its golden anniversary with a
year of onboard festivities to celebrate the
glamorous, star-studded history of the line.
Princess’ greatest claim to fame is that it was
the backdrop in the 1970s television series,
The Love Boat. In 2015 the ships will host
Love Boat-themed ’70s deck parties with
music, dancing, sing-alongs, messages from
the original cast and trivia competitions. In
the dining room a souvenir menu will feature
one dish from each of the line’s five decades
and the resident chocolatier has created two
special anniversary desserts to be ser ved on
alternate sailings. Each ship will be decked
out with special golden decor and guests will
receive a commemorative tote bag.
CRYSTAL CRUISES: 25 YEARS
Crystal launched its first ship in 1990
and for the past 25 years has concentrated
on quality over quantity. The line operates
just two ships, but they are considered
among the best luxury vessels in the world.
Crystal Symphony has had a $20 million
refurb in readiness for the anniversary and
began a 108-day Silver Celebration World
Cruise – the line’s first ever circumnavigation
of the globe – on January 14. Symphony and
her sister ship Serenity will stop at more
than two dozen new ports in 2015 and
special voyages will be hosted by Crystal
executives and favourite captains. There
will also be plenty of onboard celebrations
on every voyage including a new show
on the music of Billy Joel onboard Serenity
performed by James Fox, who will sing
more than a dozen hits including Uptown
Girl, She’s Always a Woman to Me and,
of course, Piano Man.
ROAD TO MANDALAY: 20 YEARS
When Road to Mandalay began plying
the muddy waters of the Irrawaddy River
in 1995, Myanmar truly was off the radar.
Belmond (formerly Orient-Express)
essentially began the luxury cruise industry
here and still sails the best ships in the
market. Road to Mandalay will mark two
decades in the water with a new guest
speaker program with cultural, wildlife and
photography experts. The program will also
be introduced on Road to Mandalay’s sister
ship, Orcaella, which was launched in 2013.
1. When Princess Cruises began in 1965 it
sailed to only one destination. Where was it?
2. What was the name of the first Princess
3. What was the name of the captain of
The Love Boat, played by Gavin McLeod?
4. In what year did Princess Cruises launch
its first Mediterranean season?
5. In 1992 Princess Cruises launched a
private island port in the Bahamas. What is
Trivia Answers: 1. Mexico; 2. Princess Patricia;
3. Captain Stubing; 4. 1985 5. Princess Cays
Queen Mary 2 in Liverpool,
England, where preparations
are under way for Cunard’s big
bash. Below: Ted Lange, who
played Isaac the bartender in The
Love Boat, with his special “Isaac
cocktail” , created for Princess
Princess Cruises Trivia
Answers at end of story
Links Archive Cruise Passenger 58 Cruise Passenger 71 Navigation Previous Page Next Page