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His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh to Visit Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 during 10th Anniversary Celebrations on 9 May 2014

SOUTHAMPTON, England--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cunard Line is honoured to announce that His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh will make a return visit to Queen Mary 2 in her homeport of Southampton on Friday, 9 May 2014 and attend a reception and lunch being held to celebrate the flagship’s 10th anniversary in service.

“We are delighted and honoured that His Royal Highness has agreed to visit Queen Mary 2 and take part in our flagship’s 10th anniversary, having been present at her entry into service”

During his time on board, His Royal Highness will visit several behind-the-scenes areas and meet with various crew who perform different roles on the ship. Further details of the 9 May visit will be announced shortly.

“We are delighted and honoured that His Royal Highness has agreed to visit Queen Mary 2 and take part in our flagship’s 10th anniversary, having been present at her entry into service,” said David Dingle, CEO of Cunard Line. “For all those involved, this will surely be another memorable occasion in Cunard’s 175-year history.”

The most famous passenger ocean liner in the world, and for 10 years now the flagship of the Cunard fleet, Queen Mary 2 was named by Her Majesty The Queen at Southampton in January 2004 during the most spectacular event of its kind ever. His Royal Highness was also in attendance.

Since then, Queen Mary 2 has undertaken a total of 419 voyages including over 200 Transatlantic Crossings, called at 182 ports in 60 countries and carried over 1.3 million guests.

For more information about Queen Mary 2, or to book a voyage, contact your Travel Agent, call Cunard Line toll free at 1-800-728-6273, or visit www.cunard.com.

About Queen Mary 2

Christened by Her Majesty The Queen in 2004, Cunard Line’s flagship Queen Mary 2 defines luxury travel for the 21st Century and continues an almost 175-year legacy of Transatlantic travel. Queen Mary 2 is the fastest passenger ship in the world and achieved her 200th Transatlantic Crossing in July 2013. Since becoming Cunard flagship on completion of her maiden Transatlantic Crossing in May 2004, Queen Mary 2 has remained unchallenged as the world’s largest, longest, tallest, widest and most expensive ocean liner ever built and the most famous and fastest passenger ship in operation today. To celebrate Queen Mary 2’s 10th Anniversary in 2014, special on board events are planned for her westbound Transatlantic Crossing on 9 May and her eastbound Crossing on 16 May. Famous names who have experienced this iconic voyage since 2004 include President George H.W. Bush, Desmond Tutu, James Taylor, Rod Stewart, Carly Simon, Uma Thurman, Richard Dreyfuss, John Cleese and Angela Bassett.

About Cunard Line

Cunard Line, operator of the luxury ocean liners Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth, has long been synonymous with the quest for new discoveries and the epitome of British refinement since the company's first paddle-wheeled steamer, Britannia, crossed the Atlantic in 1840. Cunard voyages bring together like-minded travellers who seek a civilised adventure and relish the Cunard hallmarks of impeccable White Star Service, gourmet dining and world-class entertainment. Today, Cunard offers the only regularly scheduled trans-Atlantic liner service and continues the legacy of world cruising which it began in 1922.

World’s Leading Cruise Lines

Cunard is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines. Our exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises and Seabourn. Sharing a passion to please each guest and a commitment to quality and value, World’s Leading Cruise Lines inspires people to discover their best vacation experience. Together, we offer a variety of exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable destinations. Visit us at www.worldsleadingcruiselines.com.

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