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February 24th, 2011 by Terry Miller
Cunard’s Queen Victoria to Meet Sister Ship Queen Mary
For Cunard Royal Rendezvous in Long Beach Harbor
Grand Celebration Fireworks Planned for Thursday 3 March
: As Cunard’s Queen Victoria nears the end of her debut Americas season and the last of four calls to the Port of Los Angeles, she will make history when she meets sister ship Queen Mary in Long Beach for a Cunard Royal Rendezvous and fireworks celebration. The first-ever Cunard Royal Rendezvous happened in Long Beach back in February 2006 when, on the occasion of her maiden call to Los Angeles, Cunard’s flagship Queen Mary 2 met her namesake Queen Mary.
Queen Victoria’s Americas season continues through late March, and in addition to the Los Angeles calls features transits through the Panama Canal, roundtrip voyages to Hawaii, and one Getaway voyage to Mexico.
In celebration of this historic event, the Queen Mary is offering FREE admission for the day for guests to board the ship and experience her attraction features, including guided tours, dining and shopping in her classic boutiques. The historic liner is celebrating the 75th anniversary of her maiden voyage later this year.
In Cunard’s legendary 171-year legacy, the iconic Queen Mary epitomized the golden age of ocean travel and served as a Cunard liner for more than 30 years. Additionally, she served as a troopship during World War II and a Royal Mail Ship, under contract for the British Royal Mail service. Queen Mary’s influence lives on today serving as an interior design inspiration for the modern Cunard fleet, the youngest luxury fleet at sea, and continues to be a popular destination for tourists and maritime enthusiasts alike. She retired from service in 1967, resides in Long Beach, CA as a popular hotel, museum and tourist attraction.
Debuting in December 2007, Queen Victoria is the third largest Cunarder ever built, weighing in at 90,000 tons. The 2,000 passenger liner is infused with a sense of luxury and tradition, from the Royal Court Theatre, which includes the first private viewing boxes at sea, to the signature two-storey library, featuring a spiral staircase and nearly 6,000 volumes.
Local Maritime Enthusiasts
Brian O’ Connor, Spokesman, Cunard Line
Mr. Uwe Roggenthien, General Manager, Queen Mary
Thu 3 March
5:30 – 6:15 PM Queen Victoria sails into Long Beach Harbor
6:15 – 6:45 PM Queen Victoria & Queen Mary Rendezvous;
– Ship’s Whistle Salute, pyrotechnics / fireworks display
VIEWING LOCATION: Aboard The Queen Mary – Promenade Deck – Aft (back)
1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA 90802