The Cruise Examiner for 24th October 2011 – Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth Leaves UK Registry Today – Other Cruise News: Celebrity Adds A Second UK Ship – Bermuda Seeks Smaller Ship for 2013

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by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 24th October 2011

Cunard Line's Queen Elizabeth, registration transferred from Southampton to Hamilton, Bermuda, Monday 24th October 2011

Today sees the first Cunard Queen ever to be registered outside the UK while still under Cunard ownership, when the year-old Queen Elizabeth is re-flagged in Bermuda. Last week, after a month of public speculation, Cunard Line announced that it would transfer all three of its Queens to Bermudian flag. That the first ship would be transferred as early as today was unexpected. The Queen Elizabeth,  in Amsterdam today, will be followed by the Queen Victoria on Thursday in Piraeus, and the Queen Mary 2 in five weeks time in Hamburg. Behind it all, many suspect that the official reason for this, being able to offer weddings at sea, is just a cover to help Cunard avoid the mess that is the UK’s new Equality Act, at least as far as shipping is concerned. This act came into effect on August 1 and will adversely affect the competitiveness of UK shipping throughout the world. Meanwhile, Celebrity Cruises will bring a second ship to Southampton when it bases the Celebrity Constellation there next autumn for a series of eight cruises ranging from a 2-night cruise to Amsterdam to a 15-night Transatlantic crossing to Miami. And with word that Holland America’s Veendam may not be back in 2013, Bermuda is looking for another ship to call at Hamilton.

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2 Responses to The Cruise Examiner for 24th October 2011 – Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth Leaves UK Registry Today – Other Cruise News: Celebrity Adds A Second UK Ship – Bermuda Seeks Smaller Ship for 2013

  1. deidre esterhuizen says:

    Does this mean that Queen Elizabeth 2 will not be porting at Southampton anymore, and that its new home port will be Hamilton

    • Hi Deirdre, the Queen Elizabeth 2 has been out of service for some time now and is in Dubai under new ownership. She is now registered in Port Vila, Vanuatu. As for the Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria, this simply means a change of registry. The operation of the ships will not change and they will still be based at Southampton, but Hamilton will now be painted on their sterns instead of Southampton and their registration fees and any taxes due will now go to Bermuda rather than the UK. Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria were both reflagged last week.

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