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
I spent the weekend photographing the Cunard liner Queen Victoria in Liverpool for the Cruise Terminal. The team put on a show like nothing I’ve seen. They had opera singer Danielle Louise Thomas serenade the ship as she left. A man flew around on a flyboard and even flew up to the captain to salute him and welcome the ship to the city. Fireworks lit up the sky and a street party made for a unique place to eat lunch.
It’s always interesting seeing the city’s reaction to ships coming in. There’s a huge range of people who come out to see the ships. From local teens in pimped up cars to families driving to the terminal just to walk the dog. The loveliest part was after the fireworks when most of the crowd had dispersed. The majority of people who remained were couples out for a romantic evening walk. The weather was lovely and the addition of the Cunard ship really helped add to that romantic mood.
I can’t wait for 3 Queens next year.
A tug helps Queen Victoria dock at the cruise terminal.