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Royal Baby Royal Treat For Cunard


Ah yes, the Royal Baby. She arrived on the weekend, in case you haven’t heard. Her birth was on the very day that Britain’s three queens of sailing — Victoria, Mary 2, Elizabeth — were launching another celebration: 175 years of Cunard.

The connection was not lost on Cunard.

When the news broke, thee three ships of royal lineage were all in British waters and in unison sounded their whistles three times. The significance of three comes from the “time-honored Magpie rhyme”…

“One for sorrow,
“Two for joy,
“Three for a girl…”

When Royal Baby Girl’s brother George was born two years ago, the three queens must have had scheduling problems because they didn’t blast “four for a boy” in unison. Or at least they weren’t close enough to be in tune.

This time, the timing was ideal.

The cruise line Samuel Cunard founded in 1840 planned this weekend retreat for its three ships long before England’s most famous mother of two even knew her Royal Daughter was on the way. So call it coincidence, luck or celestial intervention…but the perfect little one arrived on the perfect big weekend, when ships named after her ancestors — including her great-grandmother — were within driving distance.

Cunard’s anniversary year was kicked off at the home port, Southampton. Sunday’s royal procession was delayed until Royal Caribbean’s new ship, Anthem of the Seas, had left on its inaugural voyage. The three ships later broke formation on cruises to Hamburg (Queen Elizabeth), Guernsey (Queen Victoria) and New York (Queen Mary 2).

They’ll get together again later this month to take the River Mersey to Liverpool, Cunard’s ancestral home, for an event that’s expected to be watched by a million people on the shoreline.

In the meantime, like everyone else, Cunard’s people are waiting to hear the new queen-to-be’s name…

Elizabeth? Victoria? Mary?

Now that would be TOO much!

In the news…

• Balconies for the price of oceanviews on Anthem of the Seas
• $20 million loan to make Alaska's Icy Straight Point better port by fall
• Silver Whisper fails CDC health inspection with unsatisfactrory score of 82

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Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas
12 nights
May 28, 2015
Barcelona (return): Nice, Florence, Rome, Salerno, Venice, Ravenna, Kotor
Inside: $699
Cost per day: $58

Royal Baby Heads-up for Cunard?

Maybe Cunard knew all along about the Royal Baby. Maybe somebody in the palace tipped off the famous cruise line that the Duchess of Cambridge was with child. Maybe that's why the announcement that Will and Kate were going to be parents came a few days AFTER Cunard's announcement about the Duchess of Cornwall, who is not pregnant, by the way.

Until now, everybody knew that Cunard was all about Queens…Victoria, Elizabeth and Mary 2, currently the crown fleet.

Well, maybe they're all about duchesses, too.

In the scheme of all things worldly, Cunard's announcement about the Duchess of Cornwall — more commonly known as Camilla — was arguably more significant while drawing far less attention. The news from that duchess is that she'll be presenting certificates to a dozen apprentices who have participated in a Prince's Trust program to help disadvantaged young people get jobs.

The Duchess will make the presentation on board the Queen Victoria next week. She is the ship's godmother and next week the Victoria turns five. The timing for all of this was perfect until yesterday's news broke.

On a personal note, the news of the Royal Baby reached us as we were in Florida, getting on the new Celebrity Reflection. On the day that Will and Kate were married, we were in England, getting off the Celebrity Eclipse. So while nobody knows when the new-born will arrive, we know where we'll be that day…

We just don't know which Celebrity ship.

Carnival Miracle
15 nights
March 16, 2013
New York, Grand Turk, Cartagena, Panama Canal, Puntarenas, Puerto Quetzal, Cabo San Lucas, Los Angeles
Inside: $1,349
Cost per day: $89

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