Red All Over: See the Red Arrows perform onboard with Cunard

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The Red Arrows fly over the Queens in Liverpool

The Red Arrows will fly over Cunard’s three flagships to commemorate their passage to the Isle of Wight

Cunard guests will witness a fabulous formation flying display from the Red Arrows tomorrow (10 August) to mark the three Cunard Queens departing from Southampton.

This will be the first time in Cunard’s history that guests have had such an opportunity.

Guests on board Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria will also be treated to a special commentary while the jets perform.

The Cunard fleet will set sail from Southampton at 5.30pm, heading for the Isle of Wight. They will receive a memorable and unique send-off from the yachtsmen and spectators at Cowes and The Royal Yacht Squadron.

Live in the area and want to see it for yourself? Then shoreside viewing is recommended from Lee-on-the-Solent, East Cowes Esplanade, West Cowes, Stokes Bay and Sea View, Ryde Esplanade (as well as the pier) or Southsea.

The Red Arrows display will start at 7.30pm and will be followed by a smoke fly over the Three Queens at approximately 7.52pm.

In addition to the display, Cunard is hosting five lucky children who won a competition to visit the Three Queens and enjoy a ‘Captain for the Day’ experience.

The children will have a tour of Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth, spending time with Captain and a visit to the Bridge.

They will enjoy lunch on board and finish their day with a trip around all three Queens in a speedboat.

Passenger falls overboard from cruise ship

Man falls overboard as cruise ship returns from two-week Mediterranean voyage

A passenger has fallen overboard from a cruise ship off the Isle of Wight.

The man is understood to have fallen into the water from the Ventura as it was returning to Southampton, Hampshire, from a two-week trip to the Mediterranean.

A Coastguard helicopter and RNLI lifeboats have been involved in the search of an area with a 25 nautical mile radius south of St Catherine’s Point on the Isle of Wight.

“Very sad situation and thoughts go out to the family involved. Our delay and inconvenience is insignificant in comparison.”
Passenger Jenny Hill

AIS ship tracker – P&O Venture Search Pattern.

The P&O ship, which can carry up to 3,200 passengers, retraced its route across the area to assist in the search.

A Coastguard spokeswoman said: “We have a lifeboat from Yarmouth searching along with a Coastguard helicopter and we are still broadcasting to all shipping to look out for anything in the water.”

Passenger Kieron Baker said: “I’m currently on board Ventura, travelling back to Southampton now. Had a fantastic 2 week cruise but this really has put a dampener on things. Atmosphere is sombre as you can imagine and my thoughts go out to the passengers family. So so sad.”

P&O Ventura still in search for overboard passenger with Coastguard and Royal Navy.

Steven Fagioli posted on the ship’s Facebook page: “Late back, lost a passenger overboard last night. Search continuing with coastguards etc”.

Fellow passenger Jenny Hill wrote on Facebook: “I am on the Ventura now! Very sad situation and thoughts go out to the family involved. Our delay and inconvenience is insignificant in comparison.”

P&O Cruises spokesman said: “Following reports of a missing person earlier this morning, Ventura conducted a full search of the area off the coast of the Isle of Wight.

“As a result of this search, which has now been handed over to the Coastguard as is usual in these instances, Ventura’s scheduled arrival into Southampton this morning is delayed.”