Cunard Line Queens to Meet for Royal Rendezvous in New York Harbor on January 13
On Sunday, January 13, 2008, Cunard Line operator of The Most Famous Ocean Liners in the World will, for the first and only time, sail their three luxury liner Queens — flagship Queen Mary 2, famed Queen Elizabeth 2 and the new Queen Victoria — together out of New York harbor. The regal fleet is scheduled to depart at 6:30 p.m. Queen Mary 2 will depart from her home port, Brooklyn Cruise Terminal while QE2 will depart from Pier 92 and Queen Victoria will depart from Pier 88 both at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal. Then, the three Queens will rendezvous and sail past the Statue of Liberty during a spectacular fireworks celebration at approximately 7:00 p.m.
"This is an historic occasion for Cunard and New York, marking the only time that the three ships will be together … ever," said Carol Marlow, president of Cunard Line. “More history will be made as our grand dame QE2 departs on her 26th and final World Cruise and Queen Victoria will depart on her maiden World Cruise," added Marlow.
This is the first-time in Cunard's 168-year history that three “Queens" have been in service at the same time and with QE2 retiring in November 2008 will be the only time they will be together, offering a maritime history- making moment.
Thousands of well-wishers are expected to gather at ideal viewing locations to wish the majestic fleet of Queens “Bon Voyage" and see the fireworks celebration. They include:
— Battery Park: On the southern shoreline of Manhattan,
Map link: www.bpcparks.org/bpcp/map/map.php
— Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park: Overlooking the Hudson River with great
views of the Statue of Liberty
Getting there: Just south of the Museum of Jewish Heritage. By subway (http://gocitykids.parentsconnect.com/browse/attraction.jsp?id=1253&area=197):
4 or 5 to Bowling Green, or N or R to Whitehall.
— The Esplanade: Running the entire length of Battery Park City, along
the Hudson River from Stuyvesant High School on the north end all the
way south to Battery Park
— Hudson River Park: 550 acre park extends for five miles along the
Manhattan shoreline from Battery Place to West 59th Street.
For the most current information on the day's events, visit www.cunard.com/rendezvous.
About Queen Victoria
The 90,000-ton Queen Victoria is the second largest Cunarder ever-built and offers the very best of the heritage and traditions of Cunard Line, along with all modern day luxuries including some exciting innovations. These include the first traditional West End-style private boxes at sea in the Royal Court Theatre, the first Cunardia museum exhibit at sea, housing Cunard artifacts and memorabilia along with the first two-storey library at sea featuring an elegant spiral staircase. The ship also features the line's celebrated Queens Grill and Princess Grill accommodations and dining, further enhanced on Queen Victoria with an exclusive deck terrace and an al fresco dining option.
From the outside, her distinctive black and red livery hints at the sophistication that differentiates a Cunard liner. This is most evident in the ship's adherence to liner traditions of the past, with elegant public rooms, many on a grand scale, featuring rich wood paneling, intricate mosaics and gleaming chandeliers. There is also a grand, colonial-style conservatory complete with a retractable glass roof.
About Cunard Line
Cunard Line, operator of the luxury ocean liners Queen Mary 2, QE2 and Queen Victoria has long been synonymous with the quest for new discoveries and the epitome of British refinement since the company's first paddle-wheeled steamer, Britannia, crossed the Atlantic in 1840. Cunard voyages bring together like-minded travelers who relish the Cunard hallmarks of impeccable White Star Service(TM), fine dining, sophisticated adventure, the legacy of historic voyages and transatlantic travel.
Cunard Line is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines. The exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises and The Yachts of Seabourn. Sharing a passion to please each guest, and a commitment to quality and value, member lines appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets. Together they offer exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable destinations.
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