There are some days when my job requires me to stand at the banks of a river on a sunny day and watch a huge cruise ship sail off. Man that was a lovely evening on Tuesday. I was commissioned by Cruise Liverpool to capture the event.
The final day. Queen Victoria was given a great party send off featuring balloons, confetti, semaphore, bell boys, the town crier and Danielle Thomas singing ‘Time to say goodbye’. The sun even came out! It’s been quite a ride these past few days. My iPhone is telling me I’ve done a marathon in walking / running in 4 days. Considering I was mostly at the pier head it’s crazy. That’s just how much was going on. It’s been a joy to photograph it all.
Non of this would have been possible without the great work that Cruise Liverpool has been doing over these past 8 years. It’s been an honour working for them and they’ve put on an amazing show for the city. Well done guys :)
This was it. The big moment when the 3 Cunard liners Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2 all sailed down the Mersey. I’ve been waiting to see this for years. It’s what I’ve been working towards over 8 years at the Cruise Terminal. Iconic moments. History. The biggest maritime event I’ve seen in my lifetime on the Mersey. I imagine we won’t see anything like it for another 25 years when it’s Cunard’s 200th birthday. I’ll be 61 by then.
The day exceeded my expectations. The Red Arrows! Seeing the Biennial’s Dazzle Ferry in amongst it all. So many lovely little bits. Here’s some photos of them.
In 2007 the Liverpool Cruise Liner terminal opened with a visit from the Cunard cruise liner the QE2, a ship from my childhood. When the QE2 first came to Liverpool, in 1990, I was there to see it. My parents and I hung out with some photographer friends at the Egremont Ferry pub. It was an experience I’ll never forget.Read More
The cruise ship Celebrity Infinity docked at the cruise terminal over the weekend so people could visit the Open in Hoylake. Storms were predicted and I secretly hoped for lightning during the firework display. A crazy idea in all honesty as it would have made getting any photos almost impossible. I was lucky that there was only very light rain, but still had to wipe the lens every couple of minutes. I was even luckier to get the above panorama. There was a bit of rain in the photos but luckily not over anything that couldn’t be cloned out. Phew!
The cruise terminal crew keep pulling out all the stops. Such a joy to work with.
To quote Winston Zeddemore from Ghostbusters: “I love this town!”