The one where hearts melted on QM2…

Hearts were aflutter across Sydney early this morning when Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 sailed through the heads sporting a 25-metre long banner with a surprise proposal.

Coupled with red hearts on her funnels, the grand gesture was viewed by Jess McGarrity and the man responsible, pilot Stefan Libon, from ideal vantage point of Mrs Macquarie’s Chair.

“We’ve been together so long I really wanted to do something big to make the proposal memorable and special,” Mr Libon said.

“When a friend who works with Cunard said they were looking for a special way to mark Queen Mary 2’s Valentine’s Day arrival, I jumped at the chance to make my proposal to Jess as big and romantic as I could.”

The woman, who was the envy of many, said “yes” when Mr Libon dropped to one knee as the regal liner sailed passed by.

The lucky lady, Jess McGarrity and the man responsible for such a grand gesture, pilot Stefan Libon.

“Stef always joked that he would propose with a banner on a plane so he has really surprised me by using a ship,” Ms McGarrity laughed.

“I can’t believe he has been able to pull this off – it’s an amazing and unforgettable proposal.”

The couple and their three-month old baby, Sebastian were welcomed aboard the liner following the proposal, where they were met by Cunard Commodore Christopher Rynd and CEO of Carnival Australia, Ann Sherry.

Cunard president and managing director Peter Shanks shared his hope this morning that the couple would get married aboard the Queen Mary 2 now that the line offers ‘Weddings at Sea’.

The couple shared their excitement with Channel 7’s ‘Sunrise’ that has been sailing aboard the ship for the past several days, with their love story expected to be followed by the program in the lead up to their wedding.

Queen Mary 2 will depart Sydney at 6pm this evening bound for Brisbane as part of her maiden circumnavigation of Australia with some unique cargo aboard.

The journal, notebook and original map of Captain Matthew Flinders, the master navigator who first circumnavigated the nation and named Australia will be featured on the ship as part of her historic journey.

Queen Mary 2 will return to Sydney on 7 March 2012 before continuing on her world voyage.

Images by James Morgan on behalf of Carnival Australia.

Originally written by Natalie Aroyan for e-Travel Blackboard.

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One response to “The one where hearts melted on QM2…

  1. Pingback: The one where QM2 berthed in Sydney harbour for the first time… | Cruise In Review·

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