Friday, 22nd June
The maiden voyage of “Fizz & Ships” maritime wine tastings went so well the team are setting sail once again with a second “voyage” to celebrate the 80th anniversary of launching RMS Mauretania (II), the biggest Cunard liner built on the Mersey.
Wine journalist Jane Clare and maritime writer Peter Elson* – will take you on an entertaining and informative armchair cruise around the life and times of the much-loved Birkenhead-built Cunard ocean liner RMS Mauretania on Sunday 22 July, at 3.30pm, at The Chancery Restaurant, 98 Paradise Street, Liverpool One, L1 3HE.
Cunard Line itself will also mark Mauretania’s launch anniversary on the next day with a visit to Liverpool Cruise Terminal by its newest cruise liner, MS Queen Elizabeth, on Monday, 23 July.
RMS Mauretania slid down the slipway at Cammell Laird shipyard and into the smooth Mersey waters on 28 July 1938 and went on to become a big favourite with her Cunard passengers and crew.
During her long career in peace and wartime, Mauretania was the largest and most luxurious liner on the Liverpool – New York run, a favourite Mediterranean and Caribbean cruise liner, and as a vitally needed Second World War troopship she sailed 546,442 miles – the equivalent of circling the world eight times.
Reflecting the ‘Maury’s’ crisscrossing of the seven seas, Jane and Peter will take Fizz & Ships’ armchair passengers on a voyage of discovery to the places that this magnificent ship visited and the wines found there.
Five wines originating from countries visited by Mauretania will be served, ending with a transatlantic favourite of Cunard and White Star Lines, Heidsieck champagne. Victuals will be served mid-voyage. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy yourself – Captain’s orders!
Ticket price per ‘passenger’ is £35.50 (plus booking fee) available on Eventbrite – https://goo.gl/rh5yK2