“The Cunard Story” exhibit opens at the Queen Mary on Friday, July 5.
The new exhibit will take visitors through the stalwart cruise line Cunard’s history, showing its influences on everything from maritime policies to international immigration. The exhibit space has been created on the ship's M Deck.
Cunard’s current fleet includes the Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth. The Queen Mary was once apart of Cunard, a luxury cruise line that began in 1840 in Halifax, Canada.
The Queen Mary will get a royal visit from her sister-ship, the Queen Elizabeth, as part of the ship's All-American Fourth of July.
“This partnership between Cunard and the Queen Mary has allowed two icons of maritime pioneering to curate an immersive experience that illustrates their remarkable history,” Chris Wilmoth, Queen Mary marketing director, said, “offering guests a deeper understanding of the impactful setting and creation of the Queen Mary within the Cunard legacy.”
The Cunard Story will be a permanent exhibition aboard the Queen Mary. The exhibit features photographs, films, artifacts and an “immigration salon, allowing visitors to explore a digital ancestry database equipped with arrival dates and which Cunard ships carried them."
About one in five immigrants sailed to America on a Cunard ship, according to the company, during the end of the 19th Century and into the 20th Century.
Inger Thorhauge — Cunard’s first female captain and master of Queen Elizabeth — along with officers, crew and more than 2,000 passengers will stop by before the fireworks on Thursday, July 4. This marks the fourth time Cunard ships have crossed paths with the Queen Mary since the ship left Cunard and has been permanently docked in Long Beach.
The formal dedication of “The Cunard Story” will follow on July 5 starting at 10 a.m. The exhibit will be free to the public from 10 a.m. until noon on opening day only. Visitors will need tickets for the exhibit thereafter.
Tickets are $40 for adults, $20 for children ages 2-11. For more information, go to www.queenmary.com.