Slowly the excitement about the first arrival of Cunard’s newest addition to the fleet is building up and it is time to get ready for her welcome Southampton. I have been very slack with my blog updates recently, and if I don’t want to miss the boat completely, I better get ready for the ship’s first appearance in her home port.
I have been following her progress from the Fincantieri shipyard in Montefalcone through the Adriatic Sea and the Mediterranean Sea and will put the route together in another post. She currently is ploughing through the Bay of Biscay and will be arriving in Southampton tomorrow morning.
Arrival October 8, 2010
It is expected that she will sail past these popular viewing points at the times below, but you may want to check out Cunard’s website for any changes in the plan. Cunard published an arrival schedule for all ship enthusiasts and early risers who want to get a first glimpse of the new ship.
There are several prominent viewing points to watch her while she’s making her way through the Southampton waterways. Click on the map which will open in a separate browser. You can click on any of the viewing points marked with the Cunard Logo to get more details on the location.
It is expected that she will sail past these popular viewing points at the times below, but you may want to check out Cunard’s website for any changes in the plan.
For those unable to attend, I added the links to the web cams on which you might catch her:
07:00 Ryde / Portsmouth Go to web cam
07:10 Lee on Solent
07:25 Cowes Go to web cam
08:00 Royal Victoria Country Park
08:10 Hythe Go to web cam
08:20 Mayflower Park
09:00 Ocean Terminal
Southampton Webcam Dock Head
Only updating every 15 minutes so you might need a bit of luck to catch her here.
Queen Elizabeth Extravaganza October 9-11, 2010
Southampton will be celebrating her arrival with a series of activities, the highlight being the Naming Ceremony in the presence of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. Click on the Extravaganza icon to view a summary of events.
Naming Ceremony October 11, 2010
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II will officially name Cunard’s newest ship in a spectacular quayside ceremony in Southampton Docks on Monday, October 11, 2010. The ceremony is going to draw a huge crowd and security is expected to be very tight. There will be limted views from the waterfront area, so it might be best to grab a seat on one of the Blue Funnel Cruises boats for a closer view. TV listings have not been announced for the naming ceremony as of yet but I will publish as soon I come across anything. If you have any details of TV coverage, please share by leaving a comment.