Spectacular Historic Cunard Royal Rendezvous Between Queen Victoria and QE2 Marks Queen Victoria's Maiden Call and QE2's Final Visit to Sydney
QE2's call to Sydney is part of her final world voyage, while Queen Victoria is making her first visit as part of her maiden world voyage.
QE2 sailed past Queen Victoria in a history-making Royal Rendezvous off Fort Denison. The passing of the two ships occurred in the early evening — Sydney time — with the ships sounding their whistles as they sailed by each other off Fort Denison. Queen Victoria then headed to Brisbane, while QE2 berthed at Circular Quay.
The longest serving Cunard liner in history, QE2 will leave the Cunard fleet in November this year to become a first-class tourist destination in Dubai.
Visiting Sydney for the Rendezvous, Cunard President and Managing Director Carol Marlow described QE2 as one of the icons of the 20th century. “She's an amazing liner that has captured the world's imagination and truly symbolized the romance and glamour of ocean travel for more than four decades," Ms Marlow said.
“Sydney has been her most frequent port of call in Australia over the years so we're thrilled that it's the setting for this magnificent Royal Rendezvous on her final visit today. It's a fantastic way to celebrate three great milestones — Queen Victoria's maiden world voyage and maiden call to Sydney and QE2's final world voyage — and to pay tribute to one of the most wonderful ways to travel," Marlow added.
Only two months old, the luxurious 90,000-ton Queen Victoria debuted in Sydney yesterday, with her guests enjoying an overnight stay in preparation for the evening spectacular. The new Cunard Queen was named in Southampton on December 10, 2007 by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall in the Presence of His Royal Highness Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales.
The Royal Rendezvous of the two Queens comes almost a year to the day since QE2 met her sister Queen Mary 2 in Sydney Harbour in an event that drew tens of thousands of spectators to the foreshore.
Next year, Sydney will be visited by Queen Victoria (Feb 19-20, 2009) and her magnificent sister, Cunard's flagship Queen Mary 2 (Feb 26, 2009), both sailing on their second world voyages.
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