Cunard's Three Queens arrive in the River Mersey on Saturday, May 23 and here are the details of the full timetable for the weekend of festivities.

The Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria are set to converge on the river in the first of two celebratory weekends marking the shipping giant’s 175th anniversary.

The Three Queens, One Magnificent City event will run from May 23 to May 26, and hundreds of thousands of people are expected to descend on both sides of the Mersey to catch a glimpse of the once-in-a-lifetime gathering of the ships as they salute their spiritual home.

Cunard Director Angus Struthers said: “After many years of planning, in just over four weeks Liverpool will host the gathering of our three majestic Queens on the Mersey. The event will provide a spectacle that will live long in the memories of those who attend.

“If the excitement and buzz that there is currently around the city is an indication of the reception the fleet is going to receive over the three-day period then it is difficult to describe the excitement, emotion and passion there will be at the time.

“The Fleet is coming!”

All times are approximate and, particularly in relation to the movement of the Three Queens, are subject to change.

Saturday, May 23

10pm: Amazing Graces.

Free state-of-the-art projections will be beamed on to the Three Graces, exploring the spirit of Liverpool.

The three-night Amazing Graces is designed by The Colour Project, one of the UK’s leading video mapping and design companies, which is working with the city and with Hope Street Ltd to produce the event.

Part of the projection is a ‘Sea of Faces’ created using images of dozens of volunteers who live, work or play in the city.

Sunday, May 24

9am: Queen Mary 2 arrives in the city and berths at Liverpool Cruise Liner Terminal. First glimpse of the liner will be from New Brighton and Crosby beaches at around 7-7.30am.

While there will be an exclusion zone area around the three Queens when they are all sailing in the Mersey, Cunard says a flotilla of small boats is welcome as the QM2 arrives on the Sunday.

The Queen Mary 2 remains berthed at the Pier Head throughout the day.

10pm: Amazing Graces projections.

The Colour Project’s state-of-the-art installation is repeated from Saturday evening.

10.30pm: Mid-river firework display.

Finish the evening with fireworks which will be set off from a vessel in the middle of the Mersey.

Monday, May 25

10.45am: Queen Mary 2 leaves the berth to greet her two sisters at Brazil Buoy – the area between Crosby Beach and New Brighton.

This will give people a second chance to see the Cunard flagship on the move alone in the Mersey.

Meanwhile the Queen Elizabeth arrives at the mouth of the Mersey from Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands, and the Queen Victoria from Guernsey.

Noon to 2pm: The Three Queens meet and sail in formation south towards the ECHO arena, with the Queen Elizabeth leading the procession followed by the Queen Victoria and finally the QM2.

The exact details of the ships’ movements on the day is being kept under wraps, although when they have sailed as far up the Mersey as they are set to go, they are expected to hold their positions before turning through 180 degrees to face north.

Cunard says further manoeuvres may be possible depending on weather conditions on the day.

2.10pm: Queen Mary 2 leaves the city, Queen Elizabeth berths at the Cruise Liner Terminal and Queen Victoria anchors in the middle of the Mersey.

While the QM2 continues on her voyage to Guernsey, and then Southampton, her sister ships will remain in the river.

10pm: Amazing Graces projections.

The final chance to enjoy the light and projection show complete with its Sea of Faces.

10.30pm: Mid-river firework display.

Following the display, Queen Elizabeth leaves the city, and Queen Victoria berths at the Cruise Liner Terminal at the Pier Head.

Tuesday, May 26

The Queen Victoria remains berthed at the Liverpool waterfront during the day.

4.30pm: A special musical sail-away performance takes place to say goodbye to the final Cunard ship to leave Liverpool.

5pm: Queen Victoria sails out of the city.

Just as with the arrival of the Queen Mary 2, a flotilla of small ships is welcome to wave goodbye to the Queen Victoria.

A full set of FAQs can be found at answering questions and giving advice on all aspects of the event.

Meanwhile Merseytravel has issued travel advice surrounding the event. Read more here.