29 September 2009 – As part of her Autumn Colours voyage, which features maiden calls through the New England and Canada coasts, Cunard’s Queen Victoria made her inaugural visit to Boston yesterday. Joining the festivities was celebrity chef Todd English, whose at-sea eponymously named restaurants are exclusively featured aboard both Queen Victoria and flagship Queen Mary 2. Travel agents, media and local dignitaries, including British Consul-General Phil Budden, were among the guests who enjoyed a sumptuous lunch prepared by the native Boston chef in his onboard restaurant.
“It’s a privilege for me to welcome Queen Victoria to my city,” said English. “To have my Todd English restaurants – the only at sea – aboard Cunard’s legendary liners is truly an honor for me.”
“It is a pleasure to bring Queen Victoria into Boston for her inaugural visit, a city with which Cunard shares a great history – welcoming us and our guests so warmly for many years,” said Queen Victoria’s Master, Captain Ian McNaught. “We continue to provide our guests with legendary voyages and historic ports of call, and Boston is always a highlight,” he added.
Also welcoming Queen Victoria into the largest city in New England was CEO & Executive Director of the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport), Thomas J. Kinton, Jr., and Massport’s Chairman of the Board, John A. Quelch.