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Cunard Line

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Cunard Line

The Cunard Line was founded in 1840 by Sir Samuel Cunard as the British & North American Royal Mail Steam Packet Company to operate regular steamship sailings across the Atlantic for the carriage of passengers and the Royal Mails. The line was founded on the basis of a successful tender for the carriage of British royal mails made by Sir Samuel Cunard in 1838, and the first regular voyages between Liverpool and Boston were begun in the summer of 1840. Since then Cunard Line has become one of the most famous British shipping lines and its ships still sail its traditional transatlantic route today in the 21st century from Southampton to New York thus enabling passengers to continue to enjoy and relive the Golden Age of Ocean Travel. Many famous ships have sailed under its house flag, of which the best known in their day were the Umbria (1884), the Campania (1893), the Mauretania & Lusitania (1907) and the famous Cunard Queens - RMS Queen Mary and RMS Queen Elizabeth. These two Cunard Queens are now generally considered to be the greatest ocean liners ever built. Its ships also have giving sterling service through both war and peace and the two Cunard Queens are often credited with taking two years off the length of the Second World War. The Aquitania had the remarkable distinction of serving in both the First and Second World Wars. The legendary QE2 also has seen war service during the Falklands War. Now Cunard Line has two Cunard Queens once more in the form of the QE2 and the RMS Queen Mary 2. However in 2007 they will for the first time ever have three iconic Cunard Queens when the new Queen Victoria joins the Cunard fleet. The QE2 has now become legendary British icon and is renowned for her World Cruises and from 1969 until 2004 single handedly continued the tradition of the transatlantic crossing from Southampton to New York. In 1998 Cunard Line was bought by Carnival Corporation, the American cruise giant set up by Ted Arison. In 2003 Carnival Corporation merged with the British cruise giant, P&O Princess Cruises PLC, to form a dual listed company as Carnival Corporation & PLC headquartered in both London and Miami. This merger has now created the largest cruise company in the world. Cunard Line is one of Britain's most famous shipping companies and has become iconic on the legendary transatlantic route from Southampton to New York. Just the word "Cunard" immediately conjures up visions of mighty ocean liners and unrivalled elegance and service. With its slogan "The Most Famous Ocean Liners in the World", Cunard Line is a true Icon of England if there ever was one.

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