MERSEY Ferries will host a “special” afternoon viewing cruise to see Cunard’s newest ship Queen Anne.

The Queen Anne ship will arrive on the Mersey soon after sunrise on Monday, June 3, 2024 during an introductory ‘lap of honour’ voyage around the British Isles.

The 14-night British Isles Festival Voyage will depart Southampton on May 24 with maiden calls to Edinburgh (South Queensferry), Invergordon, Greenock, Belfast, and Liverpool where guests sailing on the voyage will have an exclusive opportunity to join the naming celebrations before a spectacular, late evening departure bound for Cobh followed by her return to Southampton.

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Plans are being made for her arrival to include a special salute to the city where Cunard’s pioneering transatlantic service – and passenger shipping itself – was launched in 1840, and where the Cunard Building forms the centrepiece of the Three Graces.

The event in Liverpool is expected to draw tens of thousands of spectators to vantage points alongside the river at Pier Head, between New Brighton and Seacombe on Wirral and on beaches at Formby and Crosby in Sefton. A live global programme will also be broadcast.

To mark the special occasion, Mersey Ferries is inviting people onboard an afternoon viewing cruise to see Cunard’s newest ship as she moves to a mid-river position during the naming ceremony.

A spokesperson for Mersey Ferries said: “Experience this magnificent new ship from the deck of the Mersey Ferry on this unforgettable afternoon special cruise, which will include live commentary from a Blue Badge Guide and live music from a talented local artist.

“The live music performance area is situated on the upper deck, which is accessible by stairs only.

“Don’t miss this historic moment on the River Mersey.”

Tickets are available to buy online only.

Cruise duration: Approx 1.5 hours

Departs Pier Head Liverpool at 3pm (return at 4.50pm)

Departs Seacombe, Wirral at 3.10pm (return at 4.40pm)

Adults £20pp

Children (3-15) £12pp

Infants (under 3) FREE