Luxury cruise line Cunard’s flagship liner Queen Mary 2 had a rare meeting with sister ship Queen Elizabeth in Halifax Friday (July 26), making for a spectacular sailaway.
Halifax is the birthplace of the company’s founder Sir Samuel Cunard. The meeting was arranged in celebration of Zita Cobb and Sandra Greer, this year’s recipients of the Samuel Cunard Prize for Vision, Courage and Creativity and The Innovative Spirit Award, respectively.
The Samuel Cunard Award for Vision, Courage and Creativity was inaugurated in 2015 to celebrate the company’s 175th Anniversary in the ancestral home of its founder Sir Samuel Cunard. Created in partnership with the Canadian Maritime Heritage Foundation, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and Cunard, the award acknowledges an extraordinary individual who demonstrates the qualities exemplified by Samuel Cunard throughout his life. The Innovative Spirit Award was created to honour an individual who stands out as having a pioneering spirit similar to Sir Samuel Cunard.
From Halifax, Queen Mary 2 sailed to New York, and then on to England with Cunard historian John G. Langley, Q.C., director and chairman of the Cunard Steamship Society aboard. Langley will be donating a significant portion of his Cunard collection to the Cunard Archives at the University of Liverpool after his voyage. Guests onboard Queen Mary 2’s transatlantic crossing will have the opportunity to see select pieces from the collection and attend talks given by Langley.
(Photo credit/Steve Farmer for Cunard)