Well, the fireworks for Cunard’s Royal Rendezvous in New York were certainly spectacular, as this video from my pal Scott shows. Thousands of people lined the Hudson River to watch the show, despite freezing temperatures, but to get the best view, you had to be one of the passengers.
Queen Mary 2 led the way down the Hudson and is now heading for Montevideo as part of a world cruise which will take it to Cape Town, Australia and New Zealand, and then back to the UK via China, Singapore, India and the Suez Canal.
Next in line was Queen Victoria, which will be based in Los Angeles for its next couple of voyages to Hawaii. Also heading for the Panama Canal was Queen Elizabeth, whose maiden world voyage takes it across the Pacific to New Zealand and Australia.
Earlier in the day Commodore Bernard Warner, master of the QM2, brought business to a close on the New York Stock Exchange by ringing the 1930s bell from the original Queen Elizabeth – so vigorously that he almost broke it, as this second video shows.