Cunard Line Queens to Meet for Royal Rendezvous in New York Harbor on January 13



    
    Making Maritime History - Fireworks and Fanfare to Mark the First and Only
    Meeting of Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth 2 and New Queen Victoria
    

    VALENCIA, Calif., Dec. 27 /CNW/ -- 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,
       http://www.thebattery.org
       Map link: http://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
http://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.




For further information:

For further information: Jackie Chase, +1-661-753-1035, 
jchase@cunard.com, or Brian O'Connor, +1-661-753-1060,  boconnor@cunard.com,
both of Cunard Line; or Maria Andriano,  andriano@redpointpr.com, or Cindy
Adams, adams@redpointpr.com, both of  Redpoint Marketing PR, +1-212-229-0119,
for Cunard Line

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