Hundreds of boats are expected to welcome the new Cunard liner Queen Victoria when she arrives at Southampton

Hundreds of boats are expected to welcome the new Cunard liner Queen Victoria when she arrives at Southampton on Friday 7 December. The 90,000-tonne ship will arrive by way of the Nab and Spithead, passing Ryde Pier at 0725hrs, and will arrive off Southampton’s Ocean Dock just over an hour later.

Queen Victoria was built in Italy and, at nearly 300m in length and able to carry 3,500 passengers, is the second largest ship ever built for Cunard. She will be officially named by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales, at a ceremony on Monday 10 December.

When Queen Victoria sails on her maiden voyage at 1700hrs on the following day, it will mark the first time in 168 years that three ‘Queens’ have been in service under the Cunard banner at the same time.